Our Staff

 

 

 

Rev. Lucy Scofield Bowerman, Transition Pastor (Stated Supply)

 

Pastor Lucy was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated college with a degree in Music Performance (French Horn) and for a time was a freelance musician. While a musician, she was also employed in the banking business. Her journey took a turn when she was drawn to pursue at Masters in Counseling. She received that degree in 1989 from Georgia State University and practiced psychotherapy in the Atlanta area. As she was working intimately with people she recognized that for true healing to happen, God must be involved. A call to ministry soon followed. Answering the call to ministry, Lucy attended Columbia Theological Seminary and received her M.Div. in 1995. Soon after, she took her ordination to the PCUSA. Her ministry opportunities changed often as she and her husband Reverend David Bowerman, a now retired Army Chaplain, had 23 years of frequent military relocations. Lucy and David have two grown daughters who live nearby. As often as possible, Lucy enjoys getting out into nature to hike, kayak and to listen to the birds sing.
 

 

 

Peggy Lint, Office Administrator

 

Peggy has been with Riverdale for over 11 years. For 25 years prior to that, she worked at National Capitol Presbytery. Peggy lives in Riverdale Park and is an active member at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Hyattsville.  She enjoys playing with her grandson, reading, and doing puzzles on her I-pad.  She also enjoys spending time with her friends and co-workers.  Peggy says she is not a widow, "I'm a wife to a husband with wings!"

 

Michael Hopkins-Gross, Music Director

 

Mike was born in Baltimore and grew up with a passion for music, with his formal training beginning when he received piano lessons at the age of 7. He is an alumnus of the Maryland State Boychoir where he also worked on the staff as a music theory instructor, accompanist, office intern, and conducting scholar. He currently serves on the choir's Board of Directors, helping to oversee the program's five choirs. Formerly, Mike worked as the Assistant Music Director of the Glorystar Children's Chorus in Potomac, MD, where he was in charge of the Chamber Choir and Men's Ensemble. He is an active composer and arranger in a wide variety of style and is most at home in the choral idiom. In addition to his duties at Riverdale, Mike currently serves as a professional school counselor in Montgomery County Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral/General Music Education, and a Master of Education in School Counseling all from the University of Maryland and is currently finishing 2nd Master's in Clinical Psychological Science at UMD. Mike also performs as a wedding and special event DJ in his spare time and is an avid practiioner of racket sports and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

 

 

Phyllis Tucker-Saunders, Children & Youth Ministry Leader

 

Phyllis Tucker-Saunders is a teacher, author, mentor, facilitator, event planner, and most all, a child of God. After working in corporate America for 22 years, Phyllis decided to follow her passion and God-given purpose. She has been teaching the Bible since the age of 13, starting at The Church of God in Iron Hill, DE, where she worshiped until her early twenties. Although she has been teaching all of these years in Sunday school, Bible Study, and at Kwanzaa Celebrations, she finally realized that her teaching skills are a gift from God and that she could no longer ignore the calling. With that in mind, Phyllis ventured out to get her Master’s degree in theology. Beginning at Howard University in 2015, she transferred to Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, D.C., finishing with her Masters in Theological Studies May 2019.  Phyllis is now spreading her wings. With a great desire to fulfill God’s purpose for her life, she has been the Youth Director at Riverdale Presbyterian Church since 2017 and will continue teaching in the community and expand her ministry to the college level as she “seeks the truth, to tell the truth.”

Phyllis is 13 of 15 children, the wife of James Saunders, the mother of Ardia, the God-mother of Dolandre and loves spending time with her adorable 10-year old grand-daughter, Aylan. Phyllis’ other enjoyable pastimes are basketball, water walking, dance and yoga.