Introducing Our Staff
Jenny Cannon, Pastor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
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.
Jennifer Knutsen, Minister of Spiritual Formation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rev. Jennifer was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She and her husband Karl moved to the Tenleytown area of Washington DC 15 years ago and they have two daughters, Elise (13) and Nicole (6). Jennifer is a graduate of Carleton College (’88) and Yale Divinity School (’92). As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for 21 years, Jennifer has served ecumenically in a variety of church settings including Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Collins, Colorado and Foundry United Methodist Church in downtown Washington DC. She has also worked with children and families at Washington National Cathedral and as the director of a homeless outreach program at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington DC. Jennifer enjoys working collaboratively with people of all ages across many aspects of ministry, especially pastoral care, worship, teaching and outreach. Jennifer also enjoys cooking, gardening, and hosting friends, family and international exchange students.
Nick Haigler, Youth Director (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
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 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.
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.
JillAnn Meunier, Wesley Seminary Intern
JillAnn Meunier grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, the home of Indiana University. She was raised in two United Methodist churches before attending a United-Methodist affiliated school, Hendrix College, in central Arkansas. In 2014, she graduated from Hendrix with a BA in Creative Writing. She is now a second-year student at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. In her free time, she loves to make protest signs, argue the finer points of Harry Potter, visit Disney World, and cheer obnoxiously loud for IU basketball. JillAnn is honored and excited to serve the Bethesda UMC family for the next two years.