Rev. Ashley Goff
Ashley became pastor at Arlington Presbyterian in July 2018 and cherishes her “dual-citizenship” identity of working in a PCUSA congregation while also being a member of the United Church of Christ. Ashley’s family has origins in southern and central Ohio, going back to parts of Europe.
Ashley graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC where she fell in love with the art of liturgy. She lives with deep gratitude for several communities which have formed her along the way: Denison University, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Open Door Community, Rikers Island NYC Jail, and Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA).
Ashley finds life in relationships, the beach, the mountains, reading murder mysteries, being outside, and sleep. Ashley and her family live in the Green Valley neighborhood in Arlington.
MINISTER OF MUSIC
Abby became the Minister of Music at Arlington Presbyterian Church the fall of 2019.
Abby earned her M.A. in Theology and the Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary, and has experience serving congregations through leadership in music and other faith experiences within congregational life. Abby’s repertoire includes a wide range of musical genres, including the musical roots of the Mennonite church.
Abby helps APC connect musically within the APC congregation and with our neighbors at Gilliam Place and in South Arlington. She is the founder of Music at Gilliam Place, a program that offers free one-on-one music lessons to APAH residents. This initiative not only enriches the lives of the residents but also supports and pays local musicians, strengthening the local music community.
This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. https://arts.arlingtonva.us/
Abby is an avid concert goer and art appreciator. She loves a good cup of coffee, being among friends and family, and tending to her ever growing family of house plants and succulents.