Rev. Angela Flanagan  will become Lead Pastor at Silver Spring United Methodist Church on July 1.

Rev. Angela Flanagan and FamilyRev. Angela is excited by the vision and mission of Silver Spring UMC and looks forward to getting to know the congregation as we work together to serve God’s people. She is passionate about social justice advocacy, children’s ministry, and building community ties.

For the last two years, Rev. Angela has served on the Young Adult Council of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Fluent in Spanish, she has experience in bilingual ministry and has served as a translator on mission journeys to Spanish-speaking countries.

Rev. Angela enjoys cooking Mexican food, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her husband of ten years, Danny, is a geologist who works for the US Geological Survey. Together they have two energetic and talkative daughters: Sofia (age 5) and Nadia (age 2).


Rev. Angela Flanagan, in her own words

My Story of Discipleship

With a pastor as my dad and a 50+ year organist for my grandmother, faith was always a part of my life. I spent my first 10 years in a small UM church in Baltimore where my dad pastored 5 of those years until going on disability leave. He died of cancer when I was 11 years old. Shortly after he died we began attending a growing, rural UMC where I truly came to claim faith for myself under the guidance of my pastor. She included me in adult Bible studies, including Disciple Bible Study and made sure the class embraced me as an equal, even at 16-years old. It was a transformative experience. She instilled a sense of social activism in me, encouraged my incessant question asking, and introduced me to the radical nature of this Jesus-following venture!

At age 15, I experienced my call to ordained ministry and worked slowly and steadily towards that calling. During college, as I became more involved in advocating for LGBTQI rights, I spent a time of discernment about whether I wanted to stay in the tradition that had raised me. With the help of college chaplains, I decided that it was more important to work for change from within the system.

While the work for justice certainly continues, Jesus’ calling has not changed—follow me, love thy neighbor, go and make disciples. No exceptions. So, I intend to continue doing just that.

My Work In The Local Church

From 2007-2013, I worked at West Nashville UMC in various capacities including Hispanic Ministry Assistant, Director of Children’s Ministry, and Pastor for Integrative Ministry. During this time I helped begin a Hispanic-Latino Ministry, build a children’s ministry, and walk with this congregation as they integrated their Spanish and English speaking ministries into one bilingual congregation (bilingual worship, bible study, meetings, etc.). I worked some with the homeless feeding ministry and a lot with immigrant rights advocacy.

In 2013, I began my first appointment as the associate pastor of Calvary UMC in Mount Airy, MD. In my four years there, I have worked extensively in worship planning, pastoral care, leading a revisioning process for the Missions Team, developing lay leadership, planning women’s retreats, and walking with the congregation through a time of intense change both in the church and the local community.

I was ordained as an elder in full connection in 2016. I was recently trained as a UMVIM leader and traveled to Cuba on a Northeastern Jurisdiction young adult mission trip. I hope to lead a team back to the Cuban Methodist Church in the future.

I am passionate about building bridges that foster community and relationships while maintaining the integrity of our diverse identities. In preaching, I typically use the lectionary and love to see how God works through the lectionary in timely ways to speak to the challenges and injustices of our time. When teaching Bible studies, I encourage asking the tough questions, even when no answers are apparent. I believe in open communication and lead through collaboration.

Beyond anything, I care deeply for the people and mission of the local church and look forward to continuing to grow together in our discipleship.

Education

  • Vanderbilt Divinity School: Master of Divinity degree with Certificate in Latin American Studies, 2011.
  • Allegheny College: Bachelor of Arts with double major in Religious Studies and Spanish with a minor in VESA
    (Values, Ethics, and Social Action), 2007

My Family

My husband, Danny, is a quiet and compassionate partner in life. We began dating in high school and also attended college together. We both enjoyed a semester abroad in Mexico. Danny loves baseball, nature, and spending time with our girls. He is a geologist and works for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA. Together we enjoy traveling,
hosting board game nights with friends, and family outings.

We formed our family through adoption and are passionate about the many layers of justice issues interwoven in the world of transracial adoption. Our older daughter, Sofia, is a very imaginative 5-year-old who is full of energy. She loves all things princess, God, and science. Sofia will be starting Kindergarten this fall.

Our younger daughter, Nadia, is two-years-old and really coming into her own. She is persistent, smart, and determined to keep up with big sister. She loves animals (especially cats and baby goats), Minnie Mouse, and dinosaurs.