History 2001-today



  • Fowler House dedicated

September 11, 2001

  • Terrorist attacks launched by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. areas

January 17, 2004

  • Bishop Desmund Tutu attended service and ordained four priests including his daughter, Mpho

2007 – Present

  • The Rev. Ann Gillespie, Senior Associate Rector for Worship & Pastoral Care


  • The Lazarus Ministry successfully applied for a Mustard Seed Grant from the Diocese of VA which provided funding to launch the Client Choice Food Pantry. Over time and with the help of dedicated volunteers it has grown into a pantry that in 2012 provided emergency food, fresh meats, and produce for 8,117 residents of Alexandria

December 21, 2008

  • President and Mrs. George W. Bush attend service with Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings


  • Renovation of Library in Parish Hall


  • Auditorium in Parish Hall remodeled


  • Fowler House celebrates 10th anniversary
  • Our Little Roses celebrates 20th anniversary
  • Ministry Resident Program began

2011 – Present

  • The Rev. Heather VanDeventer, Associate Rector for Evangelism & Faith Formation

October 22, 2012

  • The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, approved our request to perform same-gender blessings


  • First National Coming Out Day and First International Women’s Day services
  • Christ Church Gift Shop celebrates 25th anniversary in current location

February 10, 2013

  • Christ Church celebrates 240th anniversary

April 21, 2013

  • First Same-Gender Blessing held at Christ Church

November 2014

  • The Rev. Pierce Klemmt retires

January 2015

  • Interim Rector the Rev. John Hood Branson

September 2016

  • The Rev. Noelle York-Simmons, 28th Rector of Christ Church