Introducing Our Staff

Jenny Cannon, Pastor (
Rev. Jenny is excited to be returning to BUMC after two years serving Ashton United Methodist Church. She is married to Kirkland Reynolds who is also a United Methodist pastor and they are the parents of two wonderful and hilarious children, Molly (5) and Nolan (3). Originally from Georgia, Jenny attended Emory University and Candler School of Theology and spent two years working in the nonprofit world in the Atlanta area before coming to Bethesda (the first time) in 2006. Jenny is a baseball fan, loves baking, dance parties, Sunday afternoon naps and long walks. 

Kara Scroggins, Pastor (

After growing up in Tenleytown, Kara attended the UNC at Chapel Hill, where she majored in math and English and minored in clarinet.  In her three years at Yale Divinity School, Kara discovered and nurtured passions for global music, environmental theologies, and preaching, among others. While she was at Yale, Kara served as the student intern at First & Summerfield UMC and as the youth director at Spring Glen UCC. Her more recent summers have been spent in a small border town in Haiti working on a reforestation project and helping to organize a summer arts camp. A musician, gardener, runner, writer, and lover of all things green, Kara has truly enjoyed her journey thus far and is excited that it has landed her here at Bethesda UMC. 

Beth Reilly, Director of Christian Education (

Nick Haigler, Youth Director (
Nick is originally from Kannapolis, NC. He attended Pfeiffer University, a United Methodist University, where he majored in Christian Missions and minored in Religion. After graduation he worked with the General Board of Global Ministries as a Mission Intern in both Ukraine and Tuscaloosa, AL. Nick is in his second year at Wesley Theological Seminary and is part of the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Nick enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his dog, Alfie. 


Chris Warrington, Director of Music & Organist (

Chris came to BUMC in April of 2001 as part-time Organist/Accompanist and was selected to become the full-time Director of Music Ministries in July of 2013. A graduate of Towson University, Chris has been a church organist since 1986, and has served three United Methodist congregations since that time. When not at church practicing or arranging charts for the Praise Band, Chris enjoys bicycling, sailing, working in the yard...just about anything outside! He is the proud father of three children (Stephanie, Scott, & Thomas). 


Kris Hoxha, Office Manager (
Kris has anchored the staff for the past 20 years and her duties include bookkeeping, payroll, office administration and being the friendly voice of BUMC that most people first encounter. In her life beyond BUMC, she is very active as a Captain of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad where she is trained to do sophisticated accident and fire rescue and recovery operations. Her other passions include riding her Harley "Road King" whenever the weather allows, playing golf, and skiing. 


Alison Chacon, Publications Manager (

Alison has been on our church staff since 2000 and produces our weekly bulletin, the electronic Weekend Update and our monthly newsletter, The Messenger. Alison and her husband Horacio live in Rockville and have two daughters (Lauren 23, recently graduated from Clemson University and living in Charlotte, NC and Katherine 20, a student at Auburn University). Originally from England (although her accent is sadly long gone!), Alison is a graduate of University of Maryland with a degree in Microbiology. Her favorite ways to spend free time include traveling to new places, reading, baking, gardening, and hiking.

Max Nolin, Choral Conductor ( 

Gail Williams, Director of Handbells (

Gail received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota where she studied flute and piano. After attending a year of business school in Mankato, Minnesota, she relocated to Washington, DC where she joined the Bethesda United Methodist Church sanctuary choir, gave flute and piano lessons and joined the Choral Arts Society of Washington directed by Norman Scribner. She sang with Choral Arts for nearly ten years, the highlight of which was a trip to Italy where Choral Arts was invited to sing at the Spoleto Festival. Gail works as assistant controller for Bernstein Management Corporation during the day. While she continues to sing in the sanctuary choir she also performs with Basin, the church’s contemporary musical group, playing keyboards, auxiliary percussion or singing.




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