Senior Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Ginger Gaines Cirelli photo

In 2014, Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli became the first woman to
serve as Senior Pastor at Foundry.

For over 20 years as a pastor-theologian, her ministry has
encouraged spiritual growth and engageddiscipleship—
emphasizing radical hospitality, shared ministry, spiritual
practices, and solidarity with the poor and oppressed.
With this focus, she has brought depth, health, and
growth in every community she has served. Ginger
contributed to and served on the editorial board for
The CEB Women's Bible (published October 2016).

A life-long United Methodist, Ginger regularly presents as
a featured theologian, teacher, and speaker at regional, national,
and international connectional events. Her book, Sacred Resistance, will be released
in Spring 2018.
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Ginger has served a variety of congregations--small and large, 
urban and suburban in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church,
in addition to an uptown Manhattan and two-point charge in the New York Annual Conference.

She enjoys gardening, yoga, poetry, art, ice cream, travel, hiking, and is married to
Dr. Anthony T. Gaines-Cirelli, a Catholic theologian, currently serving the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops as a Director in their Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
The Gaines-Cirellis live in Washington, DC with their cat Annie Rose, and dogs Harvey and Daisy.

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Find Pastor Ginger on Twitter @GingerGC
Email her at
or contact Monique Jackson, Executive Administrative Assistant
at 202.332.4010 or

  High-resolution versions of her headshot are available as portrait and landscape

In 2017, the Strategic Communications Ministry Team compiled and published her sermons from the Prophecy sermon series, available as an ebook.

Transcripts and audio recordings/podcasts of Pastor Ginger's sermons are available on our sermons page.