REV. DR. RODERICK MILLER (Rod)
Rev. Rod Miller grew up in the Philadelphia area, and was an exchange student to Australia in high school. He received a B.A. in Religion in 1976 from Allegheny College where he served as an assistant to the chaplain, and went on to serve for two years as a US-2 – short term home missionary – in Camden, New Jersey (1976 – 1978) working to build community relations with children, youth, adults, and older adults. While in Camden, the call to serve as a pastor became clear to him and he came to Washington, D.C. to attend Wesley Theological Seminary, graduating in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity degree. During that time, he served as a student assistant at St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas, Virginia (1979-1981) and also helped out at Eldbrooke United Methodist Church in Washington, DC (1981-1982).
Pastor Rod’s first full time appointment was to First United Methodist Church in
Laurel, MD where he served as Associate Pastor.(1982-1984) From there he went
to Harford County and served Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Joppa
Maryland (1984-1994). While at Union Chapel, the church more than doubled in
size. In 1992, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick
Theological Seminary in Chicago. The focus of his degree was Congregational
Re-vitalization. From 1994 – 2005 he served as senior pastor at Bethany United
Methodist Church in Ellicott City, Md. During this period the church more than
doubled in size and added a 3.3 million dollar expansion of the sanctuary and
educational facilities. From 2005 – 2011, he served on the staff of the
Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference as the Director of Connectional
Ministries and as a Discipleship Guide, coaching pastors and congregations in
the Baltimore area. Pastor Rod also became a certified coach with the Coaches
Training Institute. In July, 2011 he began serving as Lead Pastor at Towson
United Methodist Church in Towson, MD.
REV. MARGERY SCHAMMEL (Margery)
On July 1, 2005, Margery Schammel joined our ministry team at Towson United Methodist Church in the part-time position of Minister of Discipleship.
She coordinates our Confirmation Experience, our Sunday adult Christian Connections program, and works directly with our Caring Ministries.
Margery may be reached here at church at 410-823-2485; her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margery is an ordained Deacon. What is a Deacon? Deacons are “called, set apart, and ordained to a lifetime ministry of Word and service with a special commitment to service that connects the congregation with the needs in the world. Deacons give leadership in the Church's life: in teaching and proclamation of the Word; in forming and nurturing disciples; in conducting marriages and burying the dead; in the congregation's mission to the world; and in leading the congregation in interpreting the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. In worship, a Deacon assists the Elders in the administration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper."
Quote taken from The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2004, page 221.