Rev. Dr. Alex Tracy – Lead Pastor
I’ve served as the Lead Pastor here at SSUMC since September 2020. I’m a transplant from South Georgia, where I served churches in Savannah, Lake Park, and Tybee Island over the course of ten years.
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 theologian is Rowan Williams.
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Rev. Michele Johns – Pastor for Visitation and LGBTQ+ Justice Ministries
Rev. John Monroe – Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
John A. Monroe has been in ministry for ten years. He attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where he received his BA in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Youth Ministry (2014) and Wake Forest University School of Divinity where he received his Master of Divinity (2019). He has served as assistant to the youth pastor at his home church Bethel Community Baptist Church in his native St. Petersburg, Fl. He has also served a yearlong internship with the Wake Forest University Chaplain’s Office. He was ordained in 2020 by the National Baptist Convention USA. Inc. and completed a hospital chaplain internship (2017) and residency (2020).
Bro. Monroe is familiar with the Methodist doctrine primarily through the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). He has also attended several services at Ardmore United Methodist Church and Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston, Salem during a period of discernment concerning ordination. He also has preached at several United Methodist Churches during his tenure in seminary. Two phrases help make up Bro. Monroe’s ministry take, De omnibus Dubitandum which means to “doubt everything” and Neque enim quaero intelligere ut credam, sed credo ut intelligam which translates to “Do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand.” To me, both mean to seek out wisdom and understanding, to challenge the status quo and to seek to grow. That is why I always try to get people in classes and in sermons to wrestle with the hard questions like Jacob on the banks of the Jabez river with the divine being. This is also how I approach unconditional love as Jesus teaches, that we must wrestle with it.
Outside of ministry he likes political dramas and hopes to take advantage of the outdoor beauty surrounding Maryland and Virginia. His goals are to continue to grow in his education, professionally and personally and become a board-certified chaplain as well as to eventually get a dog.