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 be back 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 since 1988. 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 Office Hours:

The pastor is in the church office most weekdays from 10:00 A.M. thru 4:00 P.M., and reserves Friday mornings for pastoral visits. When not in the office she is often working elsewhere — at home, or making pastoral visits. She often works evenings at the church as needed and is available by office or cell phone.