Meet KC's Enabling Minister, Heather Kirk-Davidoff.
Heather has served our community as “Enabling Minister"
since September 2005.
We use the term “enabling” to describe Heather’s role as she leads and equips us
in discerning how God is calling us, and how we might respond to that call.
We believe that all of us are called to be ministers, acting in the world as the Body of Christ.
Just like our congregation, Heather is an “ecumenical” Christian. She grew up in
St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of a Quaker father and an Episcopalian mother.
She was confirmed in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
After earning her BA from Yale University in 1989 and her Master's in Divinity from
Harvard Divinity School in 1994, Heather was ordained by the Minnesota Conference
of the United Church of Christ in 1994.
Heather served as minister of the First Congregational Church, UCC, in
Somerville, Massachusetts from 1994 to 2002. After moving to Maryland, Heather led
the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington, DC from 2003 to 2005.
Heather is married to Dan Kirk-Davidoff, a climate scientist. She and Dan are the parents
of twin sons, Paul and Isaac, and a daughter, Rosa. The Kirk-Davidoffs are active in
their neighborhood, Oakland Mills, and the town of Columbia. They are avid runners
and have a goal of visiting the high point of all 50 states.
Heather is actively engaged in conversations about the model and mission of the
Christian church in the 21st century. She is a past member of the
national board of
Emergent Village, a network of church leaders engaged in conversations about
the church and emerging culture, and she was the co-founder of the
Emerging Women's Leadership Initiative.
Her essays have been featured in two collections of Emergent authors:
An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker Books, 2008) and The Justice Project
(Baker Books, 2009). She is a frequent contributor to the Alban Institute’s
Heather and her writing partner, Nancy Wood, are authors of a curriculum for
relational evangelism,Talking Faith: An Eight-Part Study On Growing & Sharing Your Faith,
and a book of resources for creative worship,Dare to Dive In: Strategies And Resources
for Involving Your Whole Church in Worship.
You can learn more about these publications as well as
Heather’s consulting work at