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

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Andrew Kirkland – Director of Operations

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Mary Ann Willow – Director of Music Ministries

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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.

 


Kijana Mayfield – Administrative Manager

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