Our Team

Rev. Will Ed Green  – Lead Pastor

Personal Pronouns:    He / Him / His
Sabbath:                         Mondays
Email:                             wgreen@silverspringumcp.org

Pastor Will is an Arkansan in diaspora, doting cat dad, and proud queer United Methodist. Pastor Will has over 15 years of experience in pastoral ministry. He first experienced a call to ministry in elementary school and has served in part-time and full-time appointments, including in rural Arkansas, Chicago, Illinois, Arlington Heights, Illinois, and most recently at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. He is deeply committed to collaborative, lay-driven ministry that empowers all people to use their God-given gifts to create anti-racist, radically inclusive, and heart-transforming Christian community. 

Pastor Will serves as our primary teacher and worship leader, Chief of Staff, and steward–in partnership with our lay leaders–of our congregational mission and vision. Along with our clergy team, Pastor Will provides pastoral care for our whole congregation, including: visitation, sacramental celebrations, weddings, and funerals. You can schedule a one-on-one with Pastor Will here. He also serves in a variety of roles beyond our parish, including co-facilitating Resist Harm, an diverse group of United Methodists committed to resisting harm to LGBTQIA+ persons and their allies by our denomination, and regular contributor to Pulpit Fiction, a lectionary-based podcast for preachers, teachers and Bible geeks. 

In his spare time, you’ll often find him hosting dinners for friends and loved ones, gardening, kayaking on the nearest waterway, or prowling local thrift stores for his next furniture re-finishing project.


 

Rev. Daniel Cho – Associate Pastor & Director of Youth and Connecting                                     Ministries

Personal Pronouns: He / Him / His
Sabbath:                     Fridays
Email:                         dcho@silverspringumcp.org 

Pastor Daniel Cho began his ministry at Silver Spring United Methodist Church in July of 2022 and is excited to join our team. 

Pastor Daniel is responsible for our ministries of hospitality and welcome (including membership classes), adult discipleship classes and groups, and overseeing our youth ministries. 

More information about Pastor Daniel will be shared soon. 


 


Rev. Michele Johns – Pastor for Visitation & Reconciling Ministries

Personal Pronouns:    She / Her / Hers
Email:                             mjohns@silverspringumcp.org

I am grateful to be in my 8th year serving with the people of Silver Spring UMC as the Pastor of Visitation and Reconciling Ministries.

My areas of ministry include pastoral presence when congregants are sick, in the hospital, facing other physical, mental, or spiritual challenges as well as when congregants are celebrating the birth or the adoption or other entrance of child into their family or getting married.

I also participate in other areas of ministry including Sunday worship services, memorial services and funerals, baptisms, and weddings.

The “Reconciling Ministries” part of my ministry is working with those who identify on the gender and sexual orientation spectrums, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary.  While our denomination continues to debate over the full inclusion of persons who identify as LGBTQ+, Silver Spring UMC is committed to the full embrace of LGBTQ+ persons in all areas of service in the church.

In addition to my seminary training, I am also a licensed social worker.


 

Marie Matthews – Director of Family Children Ministries

Personal Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Sabbath:                     Fridays
Email:                         mmatthews@silverspringumcp.org

Marie feels extremely blessed to be the Director of Children and Family Ministries at SSUMC
for over twenty years. She is passionate about faith formation across generations and in all areas of their lives. Marie has a heart for all things children and gives of herself so that kids may know and love God. She is always looking for creative ways to teach the Gospel to reach children and can often be found in her office behind mounds of curriculum and/or supplies for families. Marie truly believes that faith formation starts at an early age.

Marie is also the Staff Representative for our Feeding Ministries and our Racial Justice Ministry. She is married and has three adult children and four grandchildren. All of whom are her pride and joy. Marie is a HUGE sports nut (Go Terps)! and she loves to read in her spare time.


Andrew Kirkland – Director of Operations

Personal Pronouns: He / Him / His
Sabbath:                     Thursdays
Email:                         akirkland@silverspringumcp.org

Andrew Kirkland is a Florida native and has been living in the greater Washington, DC area for the past fifteen years. Andrew is an experienced operations and development leader and he has held many executive positions with national and international organizations and brings over 20 years of experience serving in roles such as Chief Operating Officer of various non-profit organizations focused on youth, health, education, and social justice. Since 2018, Andrew provides oversight to buildings, safety, finance, stewardship, and the operations of our church. Andrew enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. 


 

Leona Lowery Fitzhugh – Interim Director of Music Ministries

Personal Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Sabbath:                    
Email:                          lfitzhugh@Silverspringumcp.Org

Leona Lowery Fitzhugh has music degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Catholic University, and is candidate for the Master of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Japan. She has a distinguished background as a music educa

tor and choral director with Prince George’s Public Schools and Catholic University. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Washington Women’s Chorale. For 22 years, Mrs. Fitzhugh previously served Director of Music at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Leona is excited about Music Ministry and looking forward to her retirement from education to devote her work in gl

Glorifying God in song and music. One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 33:3 “Sing to Him a new song, play skillfully with a shout of joy”.


Rev. Dr. Katherine Brown – Teaching Deacon

Personal Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
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Email:                          kbrown@silverspringumcp.org

Rev. Dr. Katherine Brown is biblical scholar and an ordained deacon.  Katherine’s calling to connect Word and World is expressed in her passion for in-depth study of the Bible and her joy in wakening and deepening others’ passion for the same.  At SSUMC, Katherine leads adult Bible studies, preaches periodically, and supports formation for children and youth through VBS and confirmation.  

She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, her M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, where her research focused on the Hebrew Prophets.  She teaches at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute and Wesley Theological Seminary and posts scriptural devotions at her blog, Prudent Graces.