OUR PASTOR: Reverand Dr. Dean McDonald

Rev. Dr. Dean McDonald has served churches in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and locally at Chevy Chase Presbyterian. She was both the Director of the College of Preachers and worship leader at the Washington National Cathedral, as well as the Chaplain at the National Presbyterian School. She has previously taught at Wesley Theological Seminal and the National Cathedral School for Girls, and now serves as a substitute at Sidwell Freinds School.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who especially enjoys pre-marital counseling.


Dean was born and raised in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves (MO), where she met her husband Jim (who served as UPB interim pastor in 2021). She graduated from Monmouth College (IL), and then attended Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ). After her wedding, she transferred to Union Theological Seminary (NY).


Dean inherited her name from her great-aunt and maternal grandmother.  Short for Ardenia, her name often confuses those who either assume it is her occupational title, or expect to see a man.


The McDonalds have three adult children: a son in Seattle, a son in Brooklyn, and a daughter in Washington, D.C., alought with four grandchildren who light up their life. They also have French Fry, a Coton de Tulear dog.


Dean's hobbies include gardening, reading, and going to the gym.  The McDonalds enjoy traveling together, concerts, dining out, and playing golf.