The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)
Organization: Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, DC


Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli is a life-long United Methodist who is passionate about sharing the good news of God's liberating love in Jesus Christ.

In 2014, she became the first woman to serve as Senior Pastor of historic Foundry UMC in Washington, DC. 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. For over 20 years as a pastor-theologian, her ministry has encouraged spiritual growth and engaged discipleship-emphasizing radical hospitality, shared ministry, spiritual practices, and solidarity with the poor and oppressed. With this focus, she has brought depth, health, and growth to every community she has served.

She is the author of “Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent.” Ginger also contributes to the Women's Bible editorial board for Common English Bible, for which she is a featured editor of the upcoming release The CEB Women's Bible (October, 2016). Rev. Ginger also regularly presents as a featured theologian, teacher, and speaker at local, district, conference, jurisdictional, and international connectional events.

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 office. The Gaines-Cirellis live in Washington, DC with their cat Annie Rose & dog Harvey.


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

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Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Everyone Is Searching

Tuesday February 02, 2021
The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli wonders, what if we had a search engine to find God? And she discovers that our search begins in prayer with God and in service to others—simple but powerful wisdom.

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli: Increase Our Faith

Tuesday September 27, 2016
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli says Jesus' response to the disciples' cry for an increase in faith is to tell them about how effective faith even the size of a mustard seed can be. But even this small bit of real faith involves trust in God, and so is effectual only as long as it remains connected to the source of power--God.

Video by The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

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Day1 Video Reflection: "More Than Enough" - Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli on 2 Kings 4:1-7

Friday October 28, 2016
In this Day1 Reflection Video, the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli explores how God can provide all we need in life as she discusses the story of the woman in need whom the prophet Elisha helps (2 Kings 4:1-7). Ginger is senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.