Meet Our Pastor
Rev. Margaret (Maggie) Hayward
Rev. Maggie Hayward, pastor since June 2016, served for nine months as the Interim Pastor of Northwood in 2011-2012. She is thrilled to return and grateful for the commitment of the congregation to the attentive task as listeners for what the Spirit is saying to the Northwood Church in its current time and context. A native Texan and Elementary Education graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Maggie has lived east of the Mississippi since1988. Her first job at age 2 ½ was "hymnbook girl" in the new church development where her dad was the organizing pastor. Her dad and brother set up chairs in the living room and Maggie followed behind placing a hymnbook and bulletin on every seat. After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, she changed careers and became teacher, as well as director for a summer day camp program for children with physical and intellectual challenges. Returning to the church as a religious educator she served in this field for twenty-five years in congregations in Texas, New Jersey, and Iowa. While serving First
Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa she received her Masters of Divinity in 2005 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Larry, Head of Staff at Westminster Presbyterian in Alexandria, convinced her to marry him and to move to D.C.. It was an offer she she couldn't refuse. Ordained as the Associate Pastor at Falls Church Presbyterian in Virginia, Maggie has also served as pastor at Hermon Presbyterian in Bethesda. Maggie loves pastoral ministry and still thumbs through hymnbooks with the faithful of every age. Her Northwood flock, her three young adult kids and their partners, as well as life with Larry, make for a full and happy life, yet in her free time she finds plucking a folk harp a soothing way to settle in for the night. Maggie’s favorite prayer originates with Rev. Fred Craddock. The prayer is “Lord, I thank you for a life that doesn’t depend on how I feel at any given moment.” Independent of mood, circumstance, or weakness, she,too, has learned to trust in the faithful God who “will not let her go.” May it be so for all of us.
Rev. Hayward’s Northwood Office Hours:
The pastor is in the church office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 A.M. thru 3:00 P.M., and reserves Friday mornings for pastoral visits.
Her day off is Thursday. When not in the office she is often working elsewhere — at home, or making pastoral visits.
The Pastor often works evenings at the church as needed and is available by office or cell phone.
Northwood Welcomes Emily Bateman as our New Music Director
Emily Bateman is mezzo-soprano and conductor from metro-Atlanta, Georgia. She received a B.A. in English and a minor in music at Kennesaw State University. She performed in Handel’s Messiah with KSU’s Orchestra; served as a choral scholar in Norman MacKenzie’s Trinity Choral Scholar Program where she sang as a soloist in Schubert’s Mass in C; sang in KSU’s auditioned Chamber Choir; participated in music ministry development; and served as music director (choral direction, pianist, organist) for St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Emily studied and performed opera in Verona, Italy through the summer intensive OperaViva!, a premier opera program which accepts only twenty participants nationally. Emily performed Verdi’s Otello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and hopes to continue her work in major choruses and solo performance. Her earliest and fondest memories are singing old show tunes with her grandmother, a love which she carried throughout her studies. In her spare time Emily loves to play with her dogs—BeeGee, Caius,