The Rev. David B. Wolf to be SMGW's New Executive Director

The Rev. David B. Wolf, Esq. will be the new Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) beginning August 20, 2012. For the past 11 years, David has served as the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Paterson, NJ, and as President-CEO of St. Paul’s Community Development Corp., a non-profit working to alleviate hunger, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, and illiteracy in Paterson, one of the poorest small cities in America. 

Previously, David served in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and, before his ordination, as an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. He holds a J.D. degree from the George Washington University and an M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to Martha Hamstra Wolf, who served as SMGW Volunteer Coordinator from 1987 – 2000 and Interim Executive Director from 2000 - 2001. Together they are the parents of a 7-year-old adopted son, Jason.  

In announcing Rev. Wolf’s appointment, Samaritan Ministry’s President Jack Orrick said, “I am delighted to welcome David Wolf as the new Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry and to welcome him and Martha back home as members of our extended family. David brings with him the unique background of having served the past eleven years as a Board President of a community services nonprofit organization serving the homeless population of Paterson, New Jersey while also serving as the rector to an urban congregation. He understands the dynamics of fostering outreach ministries within Episcopal congregations and the practicalities of running a nonprofit organization.”

In accepting the Executive Director position, Rev. Wolf said, “I am very excited about this new call to ministry. From my first conversation with members of the Search Committee to the last with Board members and Staff, I was increasingly convinced this was a match for me and Samaritan Ministry. This is a next step that should inspire all of us, building on the strong foundation of innovative urban ministry we share. I look forward to working with you to strengthen Samaritan’s core mission centered on the simple but transformative power of the “next step” approach to life-change. I also look forward to deepening Samaritan Ministry’s partnership with congregations, realizing its full potential as a catalyst for mission in greater Washington. I believe these two aspects of Samaritan Ministry’s mission make it the unique ministry that it is.”   


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