Meet the Clergy & Staff

Our Interim Rector

The Rev. Richard Kukowski

Interim Rector

The Rev. Richard Kukowski

The Rev. Richard “Rich” Kukowski is originally a native of Minnesota where he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest and served for five years. He has been an Episcopal priest for the past 45 years.

Our Clergy

The Rev. Amanda A. Akes-Cardwell

Associate Rector for Community, Formation and Outreach

The Rev. Amanda A. Akes-Cardwell

The Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell began her ministry with Grace in August 2013. As Associate Rector, Amanda primarily engages with children, youth, and their families. She is passionate about young people, collaborative ministry, and creative ways to participate in God’s mission.

Kevin Antonio Smallwood

Associate Rector for Families and Youth

Kevin Antonio Smallwood

Kevin Antonio Smallwood began his ministry with Grace in July 2019. As Associate Rector for Families and Youth, Kevin Antonio brings together his passion for cultivating fruitful relationships with God, each other, and self, that embodies the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Our Staff

Jen Danish

Head of School

Jen Danish

Jennifer S. Danish was appointed Head of School at Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, MD in 2016.

Heather Adelsburger

Director of Music Ministry

Heather Adelsburger

Heather Adelsberger maintains an active career as an organist, choral conductor, and music educator in the Washington D.C. area. Hailing from a family of church musicians in Trenton, NJ, Heather has always found her calling in sacred music.

Administrative Staff

Fiscal Officer: George “Gib” Baily, Jr.

Parish Administrator: Tracy Holmes

Grace Episcopal Day School: Jennifer Danish, Head of School

Pennyworth Shop: Jewell Little, President