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VADER-STEPHANIE-67Rev. Stephanie Vader, Pastor

revvader@comcast.net
Office: 301-802-2582

Rev. Stephanie Vader is the lead pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Rev. Stephanie has been the lead pastor at Emmanuel for 10 years 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.

 

MEOLI-DONNA-121Donna Meoli, Director of Spiritual Formation & Youth Ministry

eumcyouth@comcast.net
Office: 301-725-5200 Ext.3

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 for over 18 years. 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.

 

kim-head-shot-webRev. Kim Capps, Minister of Pastoral Care & New Members

revkim@eumclaurel.org
Office: 301-725-5200 Ext. 4

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.

 

SPANG-ANDY-131Andrew (Andy) Spang, Music Director

andrew@lyricbrass.com
Home: 410-751-2203
Cell: 410-596-2280

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.

 

SCOTT-DANA CROPDana Scott, Organist/Accompanist and Praise Band Director

danascott@gmail.com
Home: 443-341-4473
Cell: 863-221-7115

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-Headshot-140x150Brian Nelson, Director of Communications

brian@eumclaurel.org
Office: 301-725-5200

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.

 

Liz-150x150Liz Feighner, Church Administrator

eumclaurel@comcast.net
Office: 301-725-5200

Liz Feighner is Emmanuel’s Church Administrator, and is responsible for the day-to-day business and operations of the Church. Liz is a graduate of University of Virginia and a former software developer. Liz is married, has raised 4 children and is now a new grandmother with another on the way. She has been chair of our dedicated Green Team since 2011 and is very active in several local volunteer environmental organizations. One of her favorite quotes is a Native American Proverb: “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors: we borrow it from our children.”

 

damitaDamita Robinson, Emmanuel Preschool Director

emmanuelpreschool@gmail.com
Office: 301-725-5178

Damita Robinson graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently attending Loyola University Maryland for a Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Her teaching career over the last 8 years includes preschool to fifth grade, with most recent experience as a kindergarten teacher. Damita is married with two sons, Nathan and Michael and spends her free time reading. Her position at Emmanuel Preschool allowed her the opportunity to pursue a passion for providing an exceptional first-school experience for young children.

 

janineJanine MacDonald, Office Administrator Emmanuel Preschool

emmanuelpreschool@gmail.com
Office: 301-725-5178

Born in Washington, D. C., Janine has lived in Maryland for most of her life. With an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, she has held administrative roles as well as worked with children as a nursery attendant at a health club, including event and birthday party planning. She is married and has two daughters who learned some of their first valuable lessons from Emmanuel Preschool. Her hobbies are reading, crocheting, solving crossword puzzles and playing board games with family.