Rev. Stephanie Vader is the lead pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Rev. Stephanie has been the lead pastor at Emmanuel since and loves serving in a Christ-like community where ordinary people are empowered to do extraordinary things. Her passion is to build Christ-like communities that practice the way of Jesus who invites everyone to claim the true meaning of their lives by giving themselves away in service to God and others. She is proud of the fact that Emmanuel is a place that welcomes believers, seekers and doubters because the Good News is for everyone. Rev. Stephanie is a native Marylander who grew up in Montgomery County. Before coming to Emmanuel she was the lead pastor at Centenary UMC in Shady Side, MD. Rev. Stephanie serves on the Greater Washington District Committee on Ministry whose task is to guide and examine candidates for ordination. She is married to Lewis Taylor and has two daughters. She loves frequenting public libraries so she can always have something to read.
Donna Meoli is the Director of Spiritual Formation and Youth Ministries. Spiritual Formation is the process by which people are shaped by God’s love and enabled to grow in their faith. It is the journey that all Christians are encouraged to take that will open our hearts to a deeper connection with God and enable us to became disciples of Christ. Donna has been a member since 1991 and has been working with the youth since 1993. It is her belief that every experience can lead us closer to a relationship with Jesus. Donna’s main focus is providing meaningful activities for the children and youth of Emmanuel including Sunday School and the Middle and High School Youth Ministry. She lives in Elkridge with her husband and three sons.
Rev. Kim is Emmanuel’s Minister of Pastoral Care and New Members. She served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 28 years, 21 of those were as the United Methodist Chaplain at the University of Maryland. She is passionate about helping people experience the grace of God in a variety of ways. She is currently working with the Lay Pastoral Care Team to care for members of Emmanuel during the ups and downs of life, and seeking to connect and nurture visitors and new members of Emmanuel.
Rev. Laura Norvell
Rev. Laura Norvell will be walking with the Emmanuel UMC community as we explore the discipline of Sabbath-keeping. We are commanded to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, but why? In our busy world of full calendars, email boxes, and electronics with us all the time, a practice of Sabbath is an act of devotion and worship, a remembrance of God’s work and rest at creation, resistance to a world that insists that packing one more thing into the day will make our lives better, and vital rest so that we can do the hard work of loving our neighbors and our God through acts of justice and mercy. Through small group studies, worship practices and program offerings, we’ll explore Sabbath together – it’s biblical underpinnings, the historical context, and ways we might practice Sabbath today as part of our work of being transformed and transforming.
Becky Barbusca, Church Administrator
As Emmanuel’s Church Administrator, Becky Barbusca is responsible for the day-to-day business and operations of the Church. She is a native Marylander who grew up in Howard County, has a BA from Loyola University, and an MS from Johns Hopkins. Becky retired in 2014 after 34 years as an educator in the Howard County Public School System, is married, and is the mother of two grown children, three dogs, and a cat. She loves to read, spend time with family, raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and eat out. Her position as Church Admin allows her to use her organizational and managerial skills to contribute to the EUMC community. Her life quote is, “Be kind and show integrity.”
Andrew Spang has been the Director of Music at Emmanuel since 2010, and has directed choirs, orchestras, and bands for well over a decade. Andy believes that music is a pathway to God, and he strives to bring meaningful music in many styles to every service. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and The Boston Conservatory, and has worked with such luminaries at Michael Card, Donnie McClurkin, and Darin Atwater. In addition to his calling at Emmanuel, Andy serves at the Director of Bands at Folly Quarter Middle School and plays tuba with the Lyric Brass Quintet. He lives in Westminster, Maryland, with his wonderful children Ben and Sophie, and lovely wife Laura.
As a self employed musician, Dana teaches piano at the Saint James School in Hagerstown MD and maintains a few students at EUMC. She also enjoys accompanying the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis, Arundel Vocal Arts Society, and the Maryland State Boys’ Choir. When she has spare time, Dana directs productions in the area and finds time to give back to her community. This year, she will lead the musical team at Prodigal Worship, act as Music Director for Oliver and the Wizard of Oz, and assist in the run outs for Lyric Opera Baltimore. Dana is Artistic Director for Music Matters in DC. Above all else, Ms. Scott feels that it is important to give back to her community and her church. She believes that “…without these key influences in my life… my Mother, a supportive church community, and a firm belief that change is possible – I would not be who I am today or who I will become tomorrow.”
Brian Nelson is Director of Communications at Emmanuel and leads teams responsible for developing projects that help advance the Church’s efforts to catalyze spiritual impact and discipleship through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include worship technology, the new EUMC website, social media and partnerships with organizations, media outreach and conferences. Previously, Brian has been the Creative Director for Netkraft Multimedia, and before that, a broadcast director for C-SPAN Networks and WMAR-TV (ABC). He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and Amateur Radio Operator (W3JAZ) . Brian attended the University of Maryland, School of Visual Arts (New York) and George Washington University (DC). Brian also plays piano and Hammond organ and has been performing in the Washington, DC area for many years. He lives in Columbia with his wife Andrea and children Christina and Samuel.
Damita Robinson’s undergraduate degree in Elementary Education is from Notre Dame of Maryland University and her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction was earned at Loyola University Maryland. Her teaching career began in 2002 after 13 years with the federal government. Damita’s teaching experience includes preschool to fifth grade, with the last 6 years of her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher. She is married with two sons, Nathan and Michael. Her position at Emmanuel Preschool allows her the opportunity to pursue a passion for providing an exceptional first-school experience for young children
Katie Baus, Office Administrator Emmanuel Preschool
Katie Baus, originally from New Jersey, moved to Maryland in 2004 with her family. She is a graduate from Park University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology. After staying home with her two daughters, she decided to go into teaching. Katie was a nursery school teacher for several years at a local cooperative nursery school and loved it! She recently worked at an independent school where she was an administrator and is excited to join Emmanuel Preschool. She loves reading and spending time with her family and friends.