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2021 Appointments

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After deep prayer and consultation with the Cabinet, Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling has made the following appointments. Unless otherwise noted, all appointments on this page take effect on July 1, 2021.

June 21
  • Pastor Jerome Jones, to Fowlers UMC in Annapolis and the Wilson Memorial-Fowlers Charge

  • Pastor Sam Moore, to the newly formed Emory/Gary Memorial Charge in Ellicott City, from Emory UMC in  Ellicott City

June 14
  • Pastor Cindy Banks, to In His Service Community Ministry-Chicamuxen Charge, from the Indian Head-Shiloh-Chicamuxen Charge
  • Pastor Marjorie Hurder-Buhrman, to George’s Creek Charge of First UMC in Lonaconing and Grace UMC in Midland, from Centenary UMC in Cumberland
  • Pastor Bruce Jackson, to Mt. Zion St. Inigoes, MD
  • Pastor Faye Johnson, to St. Matthews LaPlata Route 6 Charge, from the Indian Head-Shiloh-Chicamuxen Charge
June 7
  • Rev. Douglas Fox, to Araby UMC in Frederick
  • Dionne Hall, to Grace UMC in Hagerstown
  • Rev. Chet Jechura, to Good Shepherd UMC in Baltimore
  • Pastor Youjung Jung, to Marvin Chapel/Prospect UMCs, from South Damascus Charge in Damascus
  • Stephon Knox, to Darkesville UMC in W.Va.
  • Rev. Kathleen Lossau, to Christ UMC in Columbia, in addition to Magothy Church of Deaf in Magothy
  • Pastor Cassandra Nunez, to Salem Baltimore Hispanic UMC in Baltimore
  • Rev. Constance Smith, to Union Memorial UMC in Davidsonville, from Nottingham-Myers and Christ UMCs in Upper Marlboro and Aquasco
  • Rev. Barbara Suffecool, to the Sideling Hill Charge of Piney Plains and Catalpa UMCs, from Michaels Chapel UMC
  • Pastor Nick Works, to South Damascus Charge
June 1
  • Pastor Zelda Childs, to Emanuel UMC in Catonsville, from Christ UMC, in Columbia
  • Pastor Gregory McNeil, to Macedonia UMC in Odenton, from Union Memorial in Davidsonville
  • Pastor Lesley Newman-Adams, to Mount Zion UMC in Annapolis, from Corkran Memorial UMC in Temple Hills
  • Pastor Mary Robinson, to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial UMC,  Beloved Community Cooperative Parish in Baltimore.
  • Pastor Kathy Duppins-Smallwood, to Daisy UMC in Lisbon
May 27
  • Rev. Joey Heath-Mason, to associate chaplain for United Methodist Life at American University in Washington, D.C, from American University Campus Minister and associate pastor  at National UMC

  • Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson, to chief executive officer for the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware conferences, from Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries of the New England Conference
May 24
  • Pastor Megan Blizzard, to New Hope UMC in New Windsor
  • Rev. Andre R. Briscoe Jr., from St. Matthews New Life UMC in Baltimore, to St. Matthews New Life and Govans Boundary Charge in Baltimore
  • Pastor Mary Buzby, to Brandenburg UMC in Sykesville, from New Hope UMC in New Windsor
  • Pastor Ray Dudley, to Mt. Zion UMC in Sabillasville
  • Pastor Granderson Jones, to Mt Vernon UMC in Whiteford
  • Rev. Bonnie McCubbin, to Old Otterbein UMC in Baltimore and the BWC Director of Museums and Pilgrimage, from Good Shephard UMC in Baltimore
  • Rev. L. Katherine Moore, to Deer Creek-Mt Tabor Charge in Bel Air
  • Pastor TJ Mount, to Lisbon UMC in Lisbon, from Araby UMC in Frederick 
May 17
  • Pastor Dawn Brooks, to the pastoral team of Brook Hill UMC in Frederick
  • Rev. Kathleen Cheyney, from Bosley-West Liberty Charge in Sparks to the Cooperative Parish of Northern Baltimore County on the Baltimore Suburban District
  • Don Greger, assigned to the Shenandoah Junction Charge in Berkeley County, W.Va.
  • Rev. R. David Hall, to Brightwood Park and Albright Memorial UMCs in Washington, D.C.
  • Rev. Ray McDonald, to Trinity in Annapolis as a two-year interim
  • Rev. Irance Reddix-McCray, to New Waverly UMC in Baltimore, from Old Otterbein UMC in Baltimore
  • Michael Ritt, to Pleasant Hill UMC in Owings Mills
  • Rev. Levon Sutton, to associate pastor at Grace UMC in Baltimore, from Emanuel UMC in Catonsville
  • Rev. Terri Williams, to Crossroads Charge, (Salem Hebbville UMC in Hebbville and Milford Mill UMC in Milford Mill) from Martin Luther King Memorial UMC (Beloved Community Cooperative Parish) in Baltimore
  • Rev. Dottie Yunger, from Solomons UMC in Solomons, to Solomons Mission Center in Solomons
 May 10
  • Pastor Mark Eyler, to Weller UMC in Thurmont, from Brandenburg UMC
  • Ernest Gayles, to Mission Central Parish on the Baltimore Suburban District, from New Beginnings Fellowship in Jarrettsville and Mt. Vernon UMCs in Whiteford
  • Rev. Andrea King, to Emmanuel in Beltsville, from Govans-Boundary and New Waverly UMCs in Baltimore
  • Rev. Meredith Wilkins, to Arnolia UMC in Parkville, from Trinity UMC in Annapolis
  • Pastor Daniel “Dane” Wood, to Lansdowne UMC in Halethorpe, from associate pastor at Grace UMC in Baltimore 

May 3

  • Pastor Carol Rhan to Martinsburg Cooperative Parish from Ganotown UMC in WVa.
  • Rev. Emily Skorupinski to Galesville UMC in Galesville from Lansdowne UMC in Baltimore
  • Brian Muffoletto to Providence UMC in Towson 
  • Rev. Karin Walker and Rev. Daniel Breidenbaugh to Mission Central Parish, extended to include Cokesbury UMC in Abingdon and Ebenezer UMC in Fallston 
  • Rev. Jalene Chase to Goshen UMC, Gaithersburg from Emmanuel UMC, Beltsville 
  • Rev. HiRho Park to Bethesda United Methodist Church, Bethesda, Maryland from Extension Ministry as Vice President Huree University. 
  • Rev. John Nupp to Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, Chevy Chase Maryland from Extension Ministry as Executive Minister Call & Clergy Care BWC Fulton, Maryland
April 12
  • Rev. Erik Alsgaard, to Community UMC in Crofton, from Managing Editor, Baltimore-Washington Conference staff
  • Rev. Michael Cantley, to Martinsburg Cooperative Parish, from St. Luke’s UMC in Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Rev. Andrew Greenwood, to Baltimore County Community Parish on the Baltimore Suburban District, from Pine Grove UMC in Parkton
  • Rev. Scott Shumaker, to Baltimore County Community Parish on the Baltimore Suburban District, from Mt. Carmel UMC in Parkton
March 29
  • Rev. Gerald Elston Sr., to Good Hope Union UMC in Silver Spring, from Albright Memorial and Brightwood Park UMCs in Washington, D.C.
  • Rev. Heerak Kim, to associate pastor of Glen Mar UMC in Ellicott City, from George's Creek Charge in Midland
  • Rev. Narae Kim, to associate pastor of Severna Park UMC in Severna Park, from LaVale UMC in LaVale
  • Rev. Alexandra "Alex" Thomas, to Olivet UMC in Lusby
  • Rev. Lisa Wirkus, to Christ Deaf Church in Baltimore, from Mt. Zion UMC in Sabillasville and Pleasant Walk UMC in Myersville
March 22
  • Rev. Edgardo Rivera, to Emmanuel UMC in Laurel, from Frederick District Superintendent. 
  • Rev. James McSavaney, to Glenmont UMC in Silver Spring, from Arnolia UMC in Baltimore
  • Rev. Jenny Cannon, to Christ UMC, Rochester, Minnesota, from Bethesda UMC 
  • Rev. Kirkland Reynolds, to Christ UMC, Rochester, Minnesota, from Chevy Chase UMC in Silver Spring 
  • Rev. Lemuel Dominguez, from Milford Mill UMC in Pikesville, to St. Johns-Idlewylde Cooperative Parish in Baltimore 
  • Rev. Mark Gorman, from West Harford Cooperative Parish in Harford County, to West Harford Cooperative Parish, realigned, in Harford County
March 15
  • Rev. Nick Bufano, to Newtonville UMC in Latham, NY, from West Towson Cooperative Parish in Baltimore
  • Rev. Sarah Elliott, to Pasadena UMC in Pasadena, from Cokesbury UMC in Abingdon
  • Rev. Bob E. Kells Jr., to Arden UMC in Martinsburg, W.Va., from Weller UMC in Thurmont
  • Rev. John Mayden Jr., to Martinsburg Cooperative Parish in Martinsburg, W.Va., from Mt. Zion Charge in Upperco
  • Rev. Evelyn Rivera, to College Park UMC in College Park and Mowatt Memorial UMC in Greenbelt, from Middletown UMC in Frederick
  • Rev. Kara Scroggins, to North Bethesda UMC in Bethesda,  from Glenmont UMC in Wheaton
  • Rev. Patricia Sebring, to Brookfield-Immanuel Charge in Brandywine, from Otterbein Charge in Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Rev. Carissa Surber, to Hunt’s Memorial UMC in Riderwood, from Severna Park UMC in Severna Park
 March 8
  • Rev. Shemaiah Strickland, to the Nottingham-Myers/Christ Cooperative Parish in Brandywine
March 1
  • Rev. Stan Cardwell, to First: Laurel-Community: Laurel Cooperative Parish in Laurel, from Community UMC in Crofton
  • Rev. Travis Knoll, to Nichols-Bethel UMC in Odenton, from Hunts Memorial UMC in Towson
  • Rev. Saroj Sangha, to Memorial First India UMC in Silver Spring
  • Rev. Shannon Sullivan, to Trinity UMC in Frederick, from Associate Pastor at Calvary UMC in Frederick
February 15
  • Rev. Eric King, to McKendree-Simms-Brookland Cooperative Parish in Washington, from Goshen UMC in in Gaithersburg
  • Rev. JW Park, to St. Matthews UMC in Bowie, from District Superintendent of the Central Maryland District
  • Rev. Sarah Schlieckert, to District Superintendent of the Annapolis District, from Pasadena UMC in Pasadena
  • Rev. Anna Schwartz, to Lexington Park UMC in Lexington Park, from associate pastor of Glen Mar UMC in Ellicott City
  • Rev. Stephanie Vader, to Capitol Hill UMC in Washington, from Emmanuel UMC in Laurel
February 1
  •  Rev. Tori Butler, to Asbury Town Neck UMC in Severna Park, from Good Hope Union UMC  in Silver Spring
  • Rev. Linda Motter, to Calvary UMC in Annapolis, from Olivet UMC in  Lusby
  • Rev. Stephanie Roberts White, to Towson UMC in Towson, from Pleasant Hill UMC in Owings Mills
January 25
  • Rev. Eliezer Valentín-Castañón, to serve as superintendent of Frederick District, from Trinity UMC in Frederick
  • Rev. Dawn Hand, to serve as superintendent of Central Maryland District, from superintendent of Pittsburgh District in the Western Pennsylvania Conference
 2021 Retirees

Effective July 1, 2021, unless otherwise noted:

James Bishop
Mary Buzby
Clark Carr 
Kathleen Cheyney
Zelda Childs
Margaret Clemons
R. David Hall
Douglas J. Hays
Lori Hoffman Hays
Margaret Hodges
Samuel Honnappa
Mark Johnson
Mike Johnson (1/1/2021)
Patricia Johnson
Sandi Johnson
Granderson Jones, Jr.
Jacqueline Jones-Smith
Jeff Jones (1/1/2021)
Conrad Link
Fay Lundin
Ray McDonald
Gregory McNeil
Sheldon Reese
Theresa Robinson
Doris Jean Rothwell
Tom Sigler
Constance Smith
Ken Walker
John C. Warren

Donna Hicks Feb 25, 2021 6:54pm

Rev. Robinson we were so blessed to have you as a mentor, pastor and friend here is South County @ St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Shadyside.
Congratulations on your retirement.
R for Rest
E for Enjoy
T for Television
I for Indoors
R for Rest some more
E for Enjoy Every minute
D for Don't get up early

Enjoy your free time in the name of the LORD!!!!!!

Kathy Selzer Feb 28, 2021 11:16pm

Blessings to all the retirees and to all the new appointments. May God guide you through this pandemic as you begin something new.

Audrey Johnson Mar 13, 2021 3:54pm

Congratulations on your Retirement. Stay safe and God's Blessing.

Rev. Rick Jewell Mar 15, 2021 12:28pm

Conrad Link: Welcome to retirement. I enjoyed working with you during our years on BOOM and as my D.S. on the C-H District. I learned a lot from you.

Paula M Johnson Mar 15, 2021 5:29pm

Congratulations to Rev. Constance Smith, on your retirement. I Praise God for you. You have been a vessel in my life.

Rev Jerry Lowans Mar 15, 2021 9:23pm

It was a joy and privilege to get to know you when you served Grace UMC while I was a block away serving Washington square. You were true to the gospel and touched many souls and hearts in the West end of Hagerstown. Enjoy your retirement and if you get back to the area, please stop by for a cup of coffee or just to say hello. Miss your fellowship and friendship.

Michael Anthony Carrington, Jr Mar 18, 2021 9:03am

It is an honor to see the Women of God, Rev. Constance C. Smith minister in a different way as she near retirement. As you rest, I will continue to work in God's creation to ensure that Grace meets everyone, blessings! Love you!

Angela Coles Mar 22, 2021 6:16pm

Rev. Theresa Robinson. What a honor to have had you as our pastor years ago looking forward to seeing you in my travels. St. James Memorial UMC loves you and sends our best wishes. Your former SPRC Chair

Anonymous Mar 23, 2021 6:08am

Blessings to you, Rev. Constance Smith. You have been making a tremendous impact on the people you serve. I thank God for you and the friendship you so freely extended to me as a "newbie" to the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Enjoy retirement. I hope these years to come are the best decades of your life!

Judith Boykin Mar 23, 2021 11:38am

Thank you for your many years of serving Ken Walker! May God continue to bless you and your wife,,
Enjoy your new life and being new grandparents.

Gerry Reid Mar 23, 2021 12:20pm

Congratulations, Conrad Link on your "second" time around of retirement. May God bless you with peace, joy, happiness, good health and many wonderful years to enjoy your retirement. You were a great asset to the Cumberland-Hagerstown District when you served as our D.S. You were an excellent example to all your sheep.

Cheryl Knox Mar 29, 2021 5:52pm

Rev Patricia Johnson, Rev Margaret Clemons.
I thank you both for your time in Ministry, even though I was not directly under your leadership, but was at times, a recipient of your sermons and on rare occasions in your physical presence, absorbing your Godly essence, I just wanted to acknowledge you publicly for serving as an open window allowing your words of love, compassion, strength, wisdom, friendship and inclusiveness to flow into the world, reaching others, and transforming lives. May God richly bless each of you as you explore new vineyards in your retirement.

Sherry Emerson Mar 29, 2021 9:41pm

Congratulations on your retirement Pastor Doris Rothwell! Thank you for your dedicated service to God’s people. May your retirement be blessed with peace and unspeakable joy!

Kathi Jeffra Mar 31, 2021 11:02am

Beloved Pastor Sandi, God truly blessed me and Christ Deaf Church when he called you here from Colorado. What the Creator planted here, and you so lovingly nurtured and tended is a testament to God's glory. Congratulations and may God's blessings continue to rain down upon you and your family in retirement. ILY

Kathi Jeffra Mar 31, 2021 11:03am

Pastor Lisa Wirkus, Congratulations and welcome back to Christ Deaf UMC!

Anna L. Stephens Apr 5, 2021 2:04pm

Thank you Rev. John C. Warren for your ministry in the BWC. You have been triumphant in some of the most difficult appointments. Congratulations and continue to persevere through the next challenges of your life.

Anna L. Stephens Apr 5, 2021 2:06pm

Congratulations Rev. Hall. There are many who are sorry to see you retire. Enjoy these next years of your life.

Al Deal Apr 5, 2021 5:06pm

Rev. Link,
Congratulations on your retirement...again.

Marguerite Fluker Apr 12, 2021 11:49am

Congratulations to all the retirees! A special congratulations to my Pastor Rev. Dr Patricia D Johnson of The Fowlers -Mt Zion Parrish. This is a bittersweet moment because i don’t want you to go because you are a cornerstone in my life but I thank God that we had you for the years you served. It was under your pastoral leadership that I answered the Call that God had on my life - and for that I am forever grateful. You dedicated all 3 of my kids and then Baptized my kids as well. I thank you for every prayer, lesson, guidance, and prophetic words you poured into me for these past 10 years. I pray that I will become a drop of the woman of God that you are! Thank you for your service to us and I know God is pleased! So enjoy your rest love you to the moon and back twice. #ForeverMyPastor

Belva Martin May 4, 2021 3:38pm

Rev R David Hall, congratulation on your retirement. God has blessed us at McKendree Simms Brookland with your leadership for the past 12 years. You are a man of God who has shared a vision and your values with us. You have consistently demonstrated that loving one another is paramount and that everything we do should rest on love. We love and admire our First Lady Dayle; you two have a partnership in ministry and marriage. May God continue to richly bless you both.

Delores Greene May 12, 2021 9:51pm

Pastor Doris Jean Rothwell, Congratulation on your retirement. Thank you for your outstanding service to Mt. Zion UMC. I really appreciated you sharing your worship experiences. You always took the time to listen and support. God's blessing to you and Brother Felton Rothwell.

Jacqueline J. Moore May 14, 2021 12:37pm

R. David Hall , Congratulations to you and Sister Dayle on your reaching retirement age, however, I know from the way you both serve God in each and every aspect of your life that this is not a retirement, but a plan to reach even more of God's people. My late husband and I joined Mckendree Simms Brookland under your leadership and we experienced the blessing of christian growth and fellowship there. You and your wife, Dayle, have shown by example how rich the experience of christian faith is.
Your tireless work , creativity , belief in prayer and service to our community is an example for all. You have always been present for your members during our joy and sadness. My family and I love and appreciate you both. May God continue to pour his abundant blessings on you and your family as you take on new challenges .

Belva Martin May 25, 2021 3:18pm

Rev. R David Hall, congratulations on your appointment to Brightwood Park and Albright Memorial UMCs. We are losing you from McKendree Simms Brookland UMC but are excited to know that God is still using you as you move to shepherd another flock. Asking God's continued blessings on you and First Lady Dayle in your new church home.

Wanda Contee May 26, 2021 8:18am

Pastor Coni, May God grant you peace my IFS. Congratulations on your retirement. However, Behold! God is not finished with you yet. Thank you for your service and your prayers. May God continue to bountifully bless you. God is pleased. Go ye therefore and continue making disciples.

Michele Riggsbee May 28, 2021 4:12pm

Congratulations to Rev. Coni Smith on your retirement, You have been a vessel in my life, From camping at West River to Youth Rock and in between you poured the light of Christ into my life and showed me what it was to be in love with Christ. Thank you for everything you poured into me and enjoy your retirement. Love forever!

Darlene M Washington Jun 21, 2021 10:45pm

To my dear friends: Rev. Theresa Robinson, Rev. Patricia Johnson and Rev. Margaret Clemons, you are all great women of God! You are all my "Sheros" and have all touched my life in your own very unique way! Rev. Robinson, meeting you at my home church at St. Matthews, Shady Side, MD back in 2006 has been a true blessing and I cherish your friendship! Rev. Pat Johnson, meeting you at Wesley Seminary when you and my late husband, Rev. Johnnie Washington were completing your MDiv Degrees and later being blessed by your spirit-filled preaching at Franklin UMC and various churches in the Annapolis District will forever be in my heart! Rev. Margaret Clemons, we met online while working to get your youth registered for ROCK. You and your youth came to ROCK, sought me out and brought me a special gift; I thought that was so very thoughtful of you and the youth of Bowie UMC to go beyond the word "thanks" with a tangible "thanks"
I love you all and pray for restful and quite times with God! Enjoy your retirement!

Pastor Aretha L Bowman Jul 30, 2022 10:07am

Congratulations Rev. Ken Walker on your retirement! I value and treasure all the nuggets you taught me doing the Lay Speaking class many years ago. I truly give credit to your excellent training as I engage in my ministry endeavors as pastor, church planter and CEO in the Potomac River Baptist Association.