The Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey
The Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey has served Little River UCC since 2014. His primary responsibilities at Little River are worship and administration. Before arriving at Little River, David served UCC congregations in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Manhattan Beach, California. His doctoral research focused on the implications of literary criticism for Christian preaching. David grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, where his family attended Southern Baptist and non-denominational churches. After a long and winding spiritual journey, David encountered the United Church of Christ while in seminary. "Since the first day I walked into a UCC church," David says, "I have been continually delighted and astonished by how open-minded and forward-thinking the denomination is." When he's not at church, David likes to spend time with his wife, Carrie. Some of their favorite hobbies are road trips, going to rock and hip-hop concerts, and hanging out with their cat, Fiona.
David periodically writes for the UCC's Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) -- read his blog posts here.
Director of Music
Born and raised in the midwest, Craig attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, earning a BA in Classical languages and a minor in music. He then completed an MA in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon returning to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he served as organist and choir director of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (LC-MS) and First United Methodist Church in Hastings, Michigan. During that time Craig chaired the Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 1997 he moved to Washington to work in the Public Affairs Office at Washington National Cathedral, editing publications (including the flagship quarterly Cathedral Age) and eventually assuming responsibility for electronic communications. For two years Craig served as interim minister of music at First Baptist Church in Washington, directing the adult choir and an intergenerational handbell ensemble. Since the fall of 2000, he has been organist and, more recently, organist-choir director at Little River. He and his wife, Natalie, have a daughter, Annelise.
Youth and Children's Choir Director
Growing up in York, Pennsylvania, Ashton was active in school chorus, band, and orchestra as well as the Bethlehem United Methodist Church choir. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from James Madison University (2008) and is now pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Virginia. Ashton teaches music at Hollin Meadows Elementary in Fairfax County, where she thoroughly enjoys working with the chorus and drum circle. In the summer she and her husband, Brandon, love to travel internationally. As director of the Joyful Noise, Ashton selects music to develop vocal ability, reinforce the values of Little River UCC, and promote fun and fellowship for the youth.