Staff

Rev. Angela Flanagan

Lead Pastor

Rev. Angela Flanagan is in her second year as Lead Pastor of Silver Spring UMC.  She continues to be excited by the vision and mission of Silver Spring UMC and loves working with the congregation as we strive together to serve all God’s people. She is particularly passionate about social justice advocacy, children’s ministry, and building community ties.

Rev. Angela is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where she double majored in Religious Studies and Spanish.  She received her master’s of divinity degree along with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.

Fluent in Spanish, Rev. Angela has experience in bilingual ministry and has also served as a translator for mission journeys in Peru and Cuba.  She enjoys cooking Mexican food, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her family.  Rev. Angela and her two daughters, Sofia and Nadia, are excited to be living in the vibrant Silver Spring community.

Rev. Michele Johns

Minister for Congregational Care and Reconciling Ministries

Rev. Michele Johns is grateful and excited to in ministry with the beautiful people of Silver Spring UMC.  She serves both as a hospice chaplain and at SSUMC as the Minister for Congregational Care and Reconciling Ministries.  Rev. Michele is passionate about sharing God’s love with all, particularly those who have felt abandoned by others and by God.

Rev. Michele is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama and earned her Masters of Arts from Claremont School of Theology in California and her Masters of Social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Illinois.  She served as a young adult missionary with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in Montevideo, Uruguay and in Los Angeles, California.  Rev. Michele, her wife Aimee, and family enjoy living and serving in the Woodside community.

Rev. Michele can be reached at mjohns@silverspringumc.org.

Marie Matthews

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Marie started as Director of Christian Education since May 2001 where she led a revitalization of christian education programs. Our programs grew so much under her leadership that in 2018, her role shifted slightly to Director of Children and Family Ministries so that she could focus exclusively on continuing to create and lead innovative programming for the many children and families with young children engaged at SSUMC. She has over twenty-five years of experience in Christian education and youth ministry. In addition to her work at the church, Marie also serves as the Co-President of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of Christian Engaged in Faith Formation of the United Methodist Church, a member association for persons in the United Methodist Church who have responsibility for Christian education and youth ministry. Marie has been a certified lay speaker and she taught the first Youth Lay Speaking Class for the Washington West District. She has also served as a member of the Curriculum Development team for Cokesbury at the United Methodist Publishing House.

Marie is passionate about the spiritual growth and Christian development of children and youth, stating that “children and youth are my priority.” Marie’s responsibilities also include her help in leading worship, serving in diverse roles as liturgist, scripture reader, assisting with baptisms and communion, and children’s sermons every Sunday. She also loves visiting the sick and shut-in. Marie has also been a mentor, Girl Scout Leader, Vice-President and President of the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association).

Contact Marie at mmatthews@silverspringumc.org.

Jennifer Kidwell

Director of Discipleship and Youth

Jen is thrilled to be in ministry with the Silver Spring UMC community. She believes that Christ’s light in the world is revealed in wonderful ways when people connect their passions to the ministries of the church. She loves working with the young people of SSUMC, to support them in their own ministry leadership, and in their exploration of the relationships between God, themselves, and the world.

Jen graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and has a J.D. from Emory Law School and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. She has previously volunteered in ministry while working as a Child Advocacy attorney for Maryland Legal Aid. Jen and her spouse Jonathan are parents to two young kids and are love re-discovering the world through their eyes.

Jen can be reached at jkidwell@silverspringumc.org.

Mary Ann Willow

Director of Music

Mary Ann Willow serves as Director of Music/Organist, director of the Chancel and Festival Choirs, oversees all church music groups, and plans the church’s special concerts, many of which are collaborations with other choirs, instrumentalists and guest conductors.

Mary Ann served us first as Director of Music/Organist at Marvin Memorial UMC since 1984, then as Director of Music/Organist for the Cooperative Parishes (Woodside UMC and Marvin Memorial UMC). Prior to that, she served various Washington DC area and Minneapolis churches and music ensembles. She is passionate about church music and working with our choirs, soloists and instrumentalists, as well as performing with chamber ensembles as pianist and harpsichordist.

A native Minnesotan, Mary Ann holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Georgetown University. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists (currently holding the position of Dean of the Potomac Chapter), the American Choral Directors Association and the Organ Historical Society. While active as a professional musician since the age of 15, she also pursued a successful career in finance. Mary Ann adores any opportunity to be with her two sons and daughter-in-law who live in Wisconsin and New York.

Mary Ann can be reached at mawillow@silverspringumc.org.

Rev. Dr. Katherine Brown

Teaching Deacon

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 is and has been adjunct faculty at several local universities and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Rev. Katherine can be reached at kbrown@silverspringumc.org.

Kijana Mayfield

Office and Communications Manager

Kijana joined Silver Spring UMC in 2017 only to be called on to help support our office right away! Thanks to her help, we weathered multiple transitions and are thrilled to have her here as full time staff. Kijana’s background is in IT and she is helping us to manage our systems and our space in addition to managing the office.

Kijana can be reached at admin@silverspringumcp.org.

Charles Anderson-Gray

Summer Intern

Charles Anderson-Gray was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Arlington, VA attending Mount Olivet UMC.  He graduated from Yorktown High School.  After graduating from Hamilton College as an Economics major, he spent some time traveling around the country with his band.  When he returned home he worked as a criminal defense investigator in DC before taking a job with the Crystal City Business Improvement District.  He received his MBA from Georgetown University in 2015.  In 2016 he married his wife Caroline.  In 2017, he received the call for ordained ministry and quit his job and started attending Wesley Theological Seminary.  He is currently a full time student and seeking ordination as an Elder in the Baltimore/Washington Conference of the UMC.  His daughter, Clara, was born in November 2018.  He enjoys riding his many bicycles, watching Capitals hockey, and playing his guitar.