Jenny Cannon, Pastor (email@example.com)
Rev. Jenny began pastoral ministry at BUMC by serving for six years as the associate pastor. She then spent two years serving as the pastor of Ashton United Methodist Church and returned to BUMC as the lead pastor in 2014. 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 (7) and Nolan (5). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kara grew up in DC and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in math and English. While teaching math in Cape Town, South Africa, Kara discovered she was drawn to church-based justice work, and she came home ready to pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church. In her three years at Yale Divinity School, Kara most enjoyed studying environmental theologies, global sacred music, and pastoral care with refugee populations. An avid runner, reader, and newly-certified yoga teacher, Kara has served at BUMC since 2013.
Nick deBos-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 recently earned his Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary and is seeking ordination in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Nick and his wife, Rachel, enjoy all things outdoors, especially camping and hiking. They also like hanging out with their friends and their dog, Alfie, who can frequently be found in the church office.
Beth Reilly, Director of Christian Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beth grew up in Germany and Switzerland. She went to William and Mary to study Elementary Education and taught 2 years in Surinam, South America before attending the University of Virginia to work on a Master’s in Special Education. After teaching in North Carolina and Alaska, she became a stay-at-home Mom for Lauren, Kaitlyn and Michael. Beth focused on home and church. She led advocacy work and taught Sunday school. In 2007, the family moved to Maryland, and Beth became an Advocacy Consultant for the Baltimore-Washington Conference and worked on gun violence prevention with the General Board of Church and Society. Beth is completing a Master of Arts in Theology at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. She is thrilled to be a part of the staff at BUMC, focusing on Christian Education. She loves the opportunity to combine numerous passions … for children, youth, education, the church, ministry, and social justice.
Chris Warrington, Director of Music & Organist (email@example.com)
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).
Max Nolin, Choral Conductor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Max was born and raised in Kent, Ohio, where he was involved in sacred and secular music from an early age. He received his master of music degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he was the assistant conductor for the school's touring and flagship ensemble, the Westminster Choir. His choral singing experiences with the school included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic.
Before coming to BUMC, Max was Director of Music Ministries at Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ. In addition to directing the Sanctuary Choir at BUMC, Max teaches vocal and instrumental music to students in grades 6-12 at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC.
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 Chacon, Publications Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alison has been on our church staff since 2000 and is responsible for all aspects of communication here at BUMC. In addition to producing weekly bulletins, the electronic Weekend Update and our monthly newsletter, The Messenger, Alison creates the worship slides and works on the website. Alison and her husband, Horacio, live in Rockville and have two adult daughters (Lauren and Katherine). She is also the doting mom to her 14 year old cockapoo, Maggie. 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 Williams, Director, Bethesda Bells
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 the invitation to sing at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Gail works as Director of Accounting Operations for Bernstein Management Corporation and continues to sing in the sanctuary choir. Gail has been the director of Bethesda Bells since 2007.