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2023 Appointments

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After 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, 2023.

Posted Jan. 2, 2024

  • Rev. Peggy Ireland, Interim Pastor to Emmanuel UMC in Huntingtown, from Jan 1 - June 30, 2024.
  • Rev. Tony Love, Interim Pastor to St Paul UMC in Oxon Hill, from Jan 1 - June 30, 2024

 Posted Sept. 7

  • Rev. James Cogman, to West Montgomery UMC in Dickerson

Posted August 7

  • Pastor David Fossett, to Buckeystown UMC (80) in Buckeystown and Hopehill UMC in Frederick
  • Pastor Derek Shackelford, to Asbury UMC in Shepherdstown, W.Va., from Buckeystown UMC (80)
  • Rev. Mary Jo Sims, to associate pastor of Martinsburg Cooperative Parish in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Posted July 3

  • Rev. Daphne Fraser, to John Wesley UMC in Annapolis
  • Pastor Angela Kittrell, to Wilson Memorial UMC in Gambrills and Bowie UMC in Bowie, from Bowie UMC in Bowie
  • Pastor Yulanda Mitchell, to Shiloh UMC in Hampstead, from Wilson Memorial-Fowler UMC in Annapolis
  • Rev. Lesley Newman-Adams, to St. Matthew UMC in Shady Side, from Mount Zion UMC in Eastport
  • Randy Truesdale, to Chews Memorial UMC in Harwood, from Union UMC in Lothian

Posted June 27

  • Ronald Collins, to Johnsville UMC in Sykesville
  • Pastor Joel Holmes, to Christ UMC-Baltimore County, from Beechfield UMC in Baltimore
  • Denise Ryles-McKoy, to Franklin P. Nash UMC (effective Aug. 1)
  • Steven Njoroge, to Back River UMC in Essex

Posted June 20

  • Pastor Richard Keller, to Trinity UMC in Catonsville, from Christ UMC in Baltimore County
  • David “Yost” Yost, to Mt. Vernon Place UMC in Baltimore

Posted June 12

  • Rev. Mele Taumoepeau Aho, to Mt. Olive UMC in Mt. Airy
  • Michelle Corbett, to Mount Washington Aldersgate UMC in Baltimore
  • Rev. Dave Hodsdon, to Wesley Chapel UMC in Frederick
  • Akeda Pearson, to West Baltimore-Unity Charge in Baltimore
  • Andrew Shropshire, to Graceland UMC in Dundalk, and Cowenton UMC in White Marsh

Posted May 29

  • Rev. Thomas Jay Blake, to Strawbridge UMC in New Windsor, from Mount Carmel UMC in  Frederick
  • Rev. Michael BynumRev. Dr. Cynthia Belt, and Pastor Kimberly Jenkins, to North County Cooperative Parish (Linthicum Heights UMC and Ferndale UMC), extended to include Messiah UMC in Glen Burnie and Harwood Park UMC in Elkridge
  • Rev. Kathleen Cheyney, to St. Johns-Idlewylde Cooperative Parish in Baltimore, from the Cooperative Parish of Northern Baltimore County on the Baltimore Suburban District
  • Jeff Childs, to Mount Carmel UMC (Interim), from Bolivar-Engle in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
  • Rev. Lemuel Dominguez, to Associate Pastor at Grace UMC in Baltimore, from St. Johns-Idlewylde Cooperative Parish in Baltimore County
  • Rev. Kelly Grimes, to Glenmont UMC in Silver Spring, from Foundry UMC in Washington, D.C.
  • Pastor Jerome Jones, from Wilson Memorial UMC in Gambrills and Fowler UMC in Annapolis, to West Annapolis Cooperative Parish (Fowler UMC and Cecil Memorial UMC)
  • Melissa Keith, to Essex UMC in Essex
  • Harry Neidig, to Bolivar-Engle UMCs in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., from Boyce-Millwood-White Post in the Virginia Annual Conference.
  • Rev. Sharon Milton, to Associate Pastor at Emory Fellowship UMC in Washington, D.C.
  • Pastor Michael Ritt, to Pleasant Hill UMC in Owings Mills and Shiloh UMC in Hampstead, from Pleasant Hill UMC
  • Rev. John Warren, from St. Matthews in Shady Side, to Community UMC in Pasadena

Posted May 22

  • Rev. Tammi Brantley, to Epworth UMC in Gaithersburg
  • Nurbert Hughes, to Alexandria Chapel UMC in Indian Head
  • Rev. Rick Jewell, to Ellerslie UMC in Ellerslie
  • Wilson Parron, to St. Edmonds UMC in Chesapeake Branch
  • Rev. Frankie Revel, to LaVale UMC in LaVale and Christ UMC in Cumberland, from LaVale UMC 

Posted May 15

  • Pastor Judy Bennett, to Faith UMC in Accokeek, from Alexandria Chapel in Indian Head
  • Virgil Boysaw, to Mount Calvary UMC in Arnold
  • Sandra Contee, to Zion Wesley UMC in Waldorf
  • Pastor Cheryl Goins, to First Saints UMC - Calloway Campus in Calloway
  • Pastor Gwen Rodriguez, to Glenn Dale UMC in Glenn Dale
  • Larry Titus, to Asbury UMC in Brandywine
  • Rev. Leo Yates, to Magothy Church of the Deaf in Pasadena

Posted May 8

  • Rev. Rudy Bropleh, to extension ministry as Executive Dean/Convener of Liberia’s first doctoral programs at Cuttington University, from Asbury UMC in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
  • Pastor Jerry Colbert, to Mt. Zion UMC in Laurel, from John Wesley UMC in Annapolis
  • Rev. Mark Conrad, to Calvary UMC in Great Cacapon, W.Va.
  • Pastor John Dean, to Walkersville UMC in  Walkersville, from Deer Park UMC 
  • Deidre Duda, to Mission Central Parish (MCP) on the Baltimore Suburban District
  • Pastor Faye Johnson, to Coopers UMC and Peters UMC in Dunkirk
  • Pastor Joan Jones, to Carters UMC in Friendship, from St. Edmonds UMC in Chesapeake Beach
  • Rev. Gladman Kapfumvuti, to Grace UMC in Takoma Park and Zimbabwe Fellowship, from Asbury & Zion Wesley Charge
  • Rev. Melissa Rudolph, Rev. John Rudolph, and Pastor Gerald Gautcher, to North Carroll Cooperative Parish (NCCP), extended to include Mt. Zion UMC in Finksburg and Pleasant Grove UMC in Reisterstown
  • Rev. Robert Snyder, to Washington Square and Shiloh UMCs in Hagerstown, from Salem UMC in Myersville
  • Tom Young, to Mt. Lena UMC in Boonsboro

 Posted April 24

  • Rev. Dionne Hall, to Grace UMC in Hagerstown, from Grace UMC and Shiloh UMC in Hagerstown
  • Rev. Elizabeth LeMaster, to Chino Valley UMC in Chino Valley, AZ, from The Gathering in Hanover
  • Rev. James McSavaney, to Howard Chapel UMC in Mt. Airy, from Glenmont UMC in Silver Spring
  • Rev. Angela Wells, to Christ UMC in Columbia
  • Pastor Ryan Wiggins, to Emory UMC in Street, from Mission Central Parish on the Baltimore Suburban District

Posted April 17

  • Pastor Randy Keith, from Essex UMC in Essex, to Patapsco-Lodge Forest Charge in Dundalk and Edgemere
  • Pastor Britton Myers, (from Alabama West Florida Conference), to Towson UMC  in Towson as an associate pastor

Posted March 13

  • Rev. Mike Cantley, to Toms Creek UMC in Emmitsburg, from Martinsburg Cooperative Parish Ministry in Martinsburg, W/Va.
  • Rev. Jean H. Lee, to Deer Park UMC in Westminster, from Back River UMC in Essex 

Posted March 6

  • Rev. Keisha Dukes, to Christ UMC in Washington, D.C., from Richardson Park UMC in Wilmington, Del. (Pen/Del)
  • Pastor Beth Heller, to First Saints Community UMC in Leonardtown, from the Westside Parish in Stockton, Md. (Pen-Del)
  • Rev. Elizabeth Jackson, to Glenelg UMC, in Glenelg, effective Aug. 1

Posted February 20

  • Rev. Christine Kumar, to Memorial First India UMC in Silver Spring, from Towson UMC in Towson
  • Rev. Yongchi (Yo) Rhie, to Arbutus UMC in Arbutus

Posted February 13

  • Rev. Phil Ayers, to Damascus UMC in Damascus,  from Howard Chapel-Ridgeville in Mt. Airy
  • Rev. David Deans, to Extension Ministry, Experience Life Network,  from Glenelg UMC in Glenelg (Took effect Jan. 1, 2023)

Posted February 6

  • Rev. Mary Haggard, to The Norrisville Charge in Norrisville, from the Snow Hill Circuit in Peninsula-Delaware Conference
  • Rev. Carol Armstrong Moore, to Chevy Chase UMC in Chevy Chase, as interim from Feb. 1 through June 30
  • Rev. Katie Saari, to Chevy Chase UMC in Chevy Chase, from Nichols Bethel UMC in Odenton

Posted January 30

  • Laurel McNeal, to The Community Parish of Northern Baltimore County
  • Rev. Margery Schammel, to Perry Hall UMC in Perry Hall
  • Rev. Levon Sutton, to Lovely Lane UMC in Baltimore, from Grace UMC (Associate) in Baltimore
2023 Class of Clergy Retirees

(Unless otherwise noted, these retirements will take effect July 1, 2023.)
Glen L. Arnold
Robert W. Barnes
Valerie Barnes
Ira Barr
Cynthia Belt (1/1/2023)
Thomas Jay Blake
Cindy Caldwell
John H. Dean
David Deans
Lee Steer Ferrell
Lisa Franzen
Malcolm Frazier 
Gerard Americus Green
Victor Harner
Charles Michael Henning
Chris Holmes (4/1/2023)
Peggy Ireland
Dennis Jackman
Joan Ann Jones
Daniel Theodor Kutrick
Jerry Lowans
Melissa McDade
Samson Yebuah Nortey
Donna Renn
Leonardo Rodriguez
Deborah Scott
Barbara Vivian Suffecool
Patricia A. Turnage
Joseph Whalen (2/1/2023)
Kathryn Woodrow
Thomas E. Young, Jr. (5/1/2023)