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The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker grew up in a family of educators in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and was baptized at a young age in the Episcopal Church. ThePastor Melana at a Glance - sidebar
first half of her life included a lot of poetry, dance and theater. She has a degree in Professional Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. She

has served churches in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. She also worked for the African-American Episcopal Historical at Virginia Theological Seminary and has served as a spiritual director.

Rev. Nelson-Amaker loves worship, and calls prayer the heart of her life. When asked about what’s central to her vocation she names ”helping Christians of all ages and stages of faith to grow; and reminding people to pray about anything and everything”.

Pastor Melana is very glad for the call of God to St. Christopher’s Church. It is a particularly good match in terms of cultural diversity; vibrancy of worship, room to build up the life of the congregation; the large contingent of youth; and fresh outreach opportunities. 

Profoundly grateful for her loving nuclear family: her husband Derek, and her adult son, daughter, and son-in-law; and for Christian friends and prayer partners she’s had for many years, she prays that that love will “spill over into the lives of others”.

Pastor Melana likes world travel and has visited Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Canada, England, Uganda, Kenya, France, South Africa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Tanzania and Jamaica.


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Howard Nelson-Williams was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone where he grew up. He discovered his love for music as a child. He started studying the piano under Raymond Wright and later continued his piano studies at the Ballanta Academy of Music, Freetown, Sierra Leone. He was a member of the Academy’s choir - Music Makers - as well as the choir of Wesley Methodist Church, where he also served as Assistant Choirmaster and Senior Assistant Organist for many years. As Music Director of the Wesley Youth Fellowship, Howard produced original musical compositions that became an integral part of annual musical performances. He has previously been a tenor soloist and conductor for several musical productions including Joshua and Handel’s Messiah. In the U.S., Howard has been a guest organist in several churches in Maryland and will be completing his third year as Music Minister at St. Christopher’s in December 2018.


Dr. Nelson-Williams is bi-vocational. He is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences. After practicing medicine briefly in Sierra Leone, he pursued graduate training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he obtained a Master of Public Health Degree. Over the years, he has been actively involved in community service and leadership for which he has received international recognition including an award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 2016. At Johns-Hopkins, Howard has been involved in designing and executing global health projects. He remains committed to promoting public health, strengthening health systems and developing sustainable human resources for healthcare particularly in low and middle income countries.


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The Vestry - our governing board

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The Vestry Prayer:

May all that we do Build up your Church, Benefit your People and Glorify your Name.  Amen

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Edward Allen


Co-Junior Wardens

Mike Paris

Christian Ezinne



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Vestry Recorder

Kathy Berney



2019 Class

Nkem Azubuike

Christian Ezinne

Milton Gbonda

2020 Class

Ed Allen

Queen Mosquera

Marcia Nwosu


2021 Class

Sunday Ikeh

Bertrand Onunkwo

Ihenacho Peterson





The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker, Rector/Pastor

8001 Annapolis Road | New Carrollton MD 20784



Worship Times:


Sundays: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.


Igbo Language services are held on the first and third Sundays of each month at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays:  Evening prayer and communion 6:00 p.m.

New:  Church Office Hours - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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