If you are reading this you may be looking for a place and a people with whom you may worship in the Spirit of God. You would be welcome here. We share a faith in the Jesus Christ who motivates us, embraces all people, nags us to be our better selves, and laughs with us when only laughter will do.
We are not perfect. Let’s get that clear from the very beginning. Making mistakes is perhaps what we do best but I can promise you this, I won’t let my truth get in the way of your truth.
Here are a few things you may want to know about me and the way that I lead: I love Jesus, I’m an above average preacher and really modest about that, my family is the bedrock of my ministry, I enjoy quilting (hand stitching and longarm) and reading mystery novels. Oh and I cuss more than I probably should.
You want to know more? You’re going to have to put some skin in the game. We worship at 10 am on Sunday mornings. I hope to see you there!
Vincent develops ministries and programs that nurture our congregants of all ages in the faith. Sunday school naturally falls within this purview, so Vincent is ordinarily hard at work ensuring our kids have a meaningful experience on Sundays. He also organizes and leads many opportunities for adults to grow deeper in their faith through small groups, Bible studies, and forums. Vincent loves helping our congregants experience their faith in new ways, so is always trying to think outside the box.
He’s previously worked in discipleship and outreach at churches in Indiana and Virginia, both large and small. He has a BA in theology from Lee University, and master’s degrees in theology from Yale and Cambridge. Vincent lives in the North Arlington neighborhood of Cherrydale with his wife, Emilee. She is a campus minister at George Mason University.
Jacqueline graduated from Alfred University in 2013 with a BFA and Minor in Art History. Jacqueline joined the PUMC team in early 2015 and became the Parish Administrator in 2016. Jacqueline is responsible for maintaining the office, building facilities and scheduling all Parish Center rentals.
If that isn't enough to keep her busy she heads home to her farm in Keedysville, MD. Jacqueline and her husband, Rob raise dairy goats and chickens. Jacqueline loves to share updates about her farm!
Bridgette joined the PUMC team as the Administrative Assistant in 2018. You will find Bridgette designs all of the wonderful communications that are sent to our congregation.
Bridgette has an extensive background in music. She loves to sing and has been a part of various productions and choirs. Bridgette also has a love and passion for children. Having been a teacher for many years she and her husband, Kris travel to South Carolina every month to visit their kids.
Lora joined the PUMC team as the Accounting Administrator in the church office in early 2010. Lora enjoys working with our wonderful church members and staff. You will also find Lora on Sunday mornings singing in the choir. Lora has been a member of the PUMC Choir for over 20+ years!
Lora having a love for books, also enjoys coordinating the Adult Bible study group with Pastor Laura and Vincent. Lora enjoys listening to music and traveling to the beach.
Jesse oversees every aspect of PUMC's excellent music program -- from rehearsing and leading the Chancel Choir and soloists in worship services to choosing the hymns for congregational singing. In addition, he coordinates the Community Concert Series, helps to guide the Young Voices Choir and collaborates with staff and clergy on
He began his musical career as a cellist and has extensive experience conducting church choirs. When he was in high school he directed the choir at the Little River Baptist Church in Virginia where his father was the pastor. Jesse is the Founder and Music Director of Voices 21 and the Artistic Director of Bowie’s Chesapeake Chorale. He has a
doctorate in music from the University of Maryland where he assisted in the preparation of the Maryland Chorus for performances in the U.S. and Europe and was the Associate Conductor of the Maryland Handel Festival.
Jesse has lectured for the Smithsonian Associates and currently teaches music courses he designs for the Lifelong Learning Institute at Montgomery College. Prior to coming to PUMC in September of 2019, Jesse served at Calvary UMC in Annapolis and previously at Chevy Chase
UMC for 11 years.