Allen Goetcheus (Pastor) is is co-founder of Christ House and was President from 1985-2016. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and serves as pastor and director our spiritual life programs.
Janelle Goetcheus (Medical Director) is co-founder of Christ House. Dr. Goetcheus is also a founder of Columbia Road Health Services and Unity Health Services. She is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards that recognize her dedication to serving the health needs of the poor in Washington, DC. Dr. Goetcheus was named Doctor of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1991, and was deemed a “Woman of Mercy” by the Sisters of Mercy in 1988. She was inducted into the District of Columbia Women’s Hall of Fame in 1989, received the 1990 Good Samaritan Award from the National Catholic Development Conference, was recognized as the Public Citizen of the Year in 1993 by the National Association of Social Workers, and was named a Washingtonian of the Year in 1995 by Washingtonian Magazine. Also in ’95, Janelle was recognized by her alma mater as the Distinguished Medical Alumni at the University of Indiana School of Medicine. She received the 2002 American Medical Association Pride in Profession Award.
Lizzie Bebber (Executive Director/CEO) oversees all administrative operations of Christ House, including finance, development, volunteers, food and hospitality services, custodial/maintenance and the Kairos program. She formally served as our Director of Volunteers and most recently as the Director of our Yearlong Volunteer Program and chaplain to Christ House patients. Lizzie holds a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, TX. To email Lizzie, click here.
Jack Reiffer (Associate Administrator) oversees areas of our administrative functions related to Human Resource Management, Materials Management, supervision of hospitality and custodial staff, and other essential general administrative duties. Jack also supports Lizzie, the Executive Director, by providing administrative coverage in her absence. To email Jack, click here.
Mary Jordan (Clinical Director) has full responsibility for clinical operations of the Medical Unit. Through a variety of management and supervisory activities, Mary ensures provision of quality patient care. Mary has served on the medical staff at Christ House since November 1986, shortly after our inception. Mary is a graduate of Catholic University in Washington, DC, and is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP).
Rick Thomas (Case Manager) helps patients obtain insurance, government entitlements, mental health support, substance abuse recovery treatment, housing placement assistance, and other supportive services designed to bring an end to their homelessness. Rick is a graduate of Nyack College, Syracuse University, and Columbia University.
Bill Hepler (Case Manager) works to ensure that patients obtain insurance, government entitlements, mental health support, substance abuse recovery treatment, housing placement assistance, and other supportive services designed to bring an end to their homelessness. Bill is a graduate of Virginia Tech and previously worked as an outreach worker, offering case management support to people living in the streets of DC.
Eric Bebber (Kairos Program Director) coordinates permanent housing and supportive services that are offered through Kairos House, Christ House’s long-term housing community. He holds an MDiv from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology and was ordained by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. To email Eric, click here.
Petrina Williams (Addictions Counselor) provides oversight and has full responsibility for all addictions services to include comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments, education and relapse prevention for the patients of Christ House and the Kairos House, Christ House’s long-term housing community. Petrina leads the New Day recovery program at Christ House providing drug/alcohol education while encouraging and motivating change through the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. Petrina holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Care from University of Maryland, and is licensed as a Level II Certified Addictions Counselor.
Steve Wallin (Accountant) has coordinated the financial service needs of Christ House since January 1986, making him one of our longest tenured staff members. Steve earned a JD degree from George Washington University.
Sarah Katz (Director of Development) secures the financial resources needed to sustain the operations of Christ House and its programs. Sarah holds an MS degree in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Maryland. To email Sarah, click here.
Dave Long (Director of Volunteers) recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers for all of the departments at Christ House. Dave holds an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an MA in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He worked in international ministry in Mexico, Bermuda, and Brazil for over 30 years. To email Dave, click here.
Miri Jung (Executive Chef) supervises and oversees all aspects of our full-service kitchen and dining room, including meal planning, selecting and acquiring all food items and supplies, and maintaining a warm, nurturing, and hospitable environment for our patients, Kairos members and staff. Miri works alongside our kitchen volunteers and incorporates donations into the weekly menu with the goal of creating nutritious meals for our patients and Kairos members. To email Miri, click here.