Our Team

Rev. Dr. Alex Tracy – Lead Pastor

I’ve served as the Lead Pastor here at Silver Spring UMC since September 2020. My journey in ministry has brought me to the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference from South Georgia, where I served churches in Savannah, Lake Park, and Tybee Island over the course of ten years. Since moving to this area, I’ve also served as an interim and pulpit supply pastor for congregations in Pasadena and Annapolis. I studied philosophy and Latin at Emory University where I also received my Master of Divinity. I hold a Ph.D. in practical theology from Vanderbilt University.

My wife Kelly and I met online back when meeting your spouse on through online dating was still something of a novelty, and today we are the parents of two wonderful sons.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing tabletop games (especially Magic: the Gathering), playing vintage video games from the 16-bit era, and spending time with my family.

My favorite passage of Scripture is Psalm 146, and my favorite contemporary theologian is Rowan Williams.

To see my full CV, please click here.

Rev. Michele Johns – Pastor for Visitation and Reconciling Ministries

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 and Children Ministries, Outreach, and Racial Justice Ministries

Andrew Kirkland – Director of Operations

Mary Ann Willow – Director of Music Ministries

Rev. Dr. Katherine Brown – Teaching Deacon

Kijana Mayfield – Administrative Manager