Meet the Staff

We are proud to serve at St. Paul's. We hope to see you around the church and in the community! 

After 32 years in ministry at St. Paul's and a total of 43 years of faithful service to Christ's church, Rev. Rick Buckingham has retired. We celebrated his dedication and years of service on Sunday, July 30. If you have notes, letters, or gifts for Rev. Buckingham, you may deliver them to the church office and we will forward them to him in his new home.

  • rev. adam snell - Senior Pastor

    Raised in Delaware, Rev. Snell has degrees from Virginia Tech and Wesley Theological Seminary, and came to St. Paul's in 2007. He has a fervent desire to hear and learn what God has to say in the pages of the Bible. There is good news to be found through faith in Jesus Christ, and he loves sharing it with those that he meets along the journey. Rev. Snell lives in Kensington with his wife Susie. His daughters Helen and Lucy are in college. When not at St. Paul's, he enjoys golf and studying history. Email Rev. Snell at or call 301-933-7933 ext. 101.

  • rev. claire matheny - ASsociate Pastor

    Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Rev. Matheny is a fourth generation Methodist pastor. She arrived at St. Paul's in 2010 after serving as a Chaplain Resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. God often calls her to the holy intersections of pastoral care and of social justice. Rev. Matheny preaches, teaches, and wears a multitude of ministry hats. She is married to Adam Noyce and they have two lively children. She is a graduate of Grinnell College (B.A. English), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Loyola University, Chicago (MSW). Reach Rev. Matheny at, or call 301-933-7933 ext. 103.

  • micah smartt, Youth Pastor

    Mr. Micah Smartt earned his Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate of Theology and Art from Wesley Theological Seminary. He first came to St. Paul's as a youth ministry assistant under long-time pastor Rev. Rick Buckingham (retired). Mr. Smartt enjoys cooking up fun projects and trips for the UM Youth Fellowship groups to deepen their spiritual connection to God and one another. He is also interested in the intersection of religion and pop culture, and church branding and communications. Originally from Texas, he now lives in Alexandria VA. He became engaged to Holly Johnston in June 2017. Reach him at

  • Meg Baker - Director of Christian Education

    Meg Baker is a long-time member of St. Paul's and has served the church in a variety of capacities, from managing the Hunger Ministry to composing music for worship. She is passionate about faith formation across generations and in all areas of our lives. Mrs. Baker earned an MA degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and also holds BA degrees in Music and Economics from the University of Mary Washington. She is currently pursuing her doctorate from the Institute of Worship Studies. She and her husband Mike live in Kensington, where they enjoy the occasional company of their young adult twins, Morgan and Mitchell. Email her at .

  • N. Thomas pedersen - Director of Music

    Mr. Pedersen's music career began with performances as a child and he later earned praise for his "rich baritone." He has since led a finely tuned career as a conductor, musician, singer, and teacher. Mr. Pedersen directs the Sanctuary Choir and the Youth Choir, and provides guidance for other musicians and group leaders at St. Paul's. He is currently the Head of the Music Theatre division at The Catholic University of America (Washington DC). You can email him at or call 301-933-7933 ext. 108.

  • marvin mills - Organist

    Marvin Mills is an accomplished and renowned organist, pianist, and composer. His musical talents enrich our worship and special services. He is an active member of the District of Columbia chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is regularly invited to play for festivals, conferences, and clinics locally and throughout the United States. Mr. Mills can be reached by email at

  • Erin bone steele - Office ADministrator

    Erin Bone Steele began as St. Paul's Office Administrator in 2016. She has experience in office management in the university and financial banking sectors. She also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and worked previously as an adjunct college professor throughout the region. She is now settled in Silver Spring MD with her husband Colin and two young daughters. She volunteers and directs for several local theatres, including the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore, and worships with her family at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring. You can contact her at, or call 301-933-7933, Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

  • sharon zeigler - Treasurer

    Sharon Zeigler and her husband Byron are long-time members of St. Paul's UMC. Mrs. Zeigler enjoyed a career managing the books for several major corporations with offices in Washington DC and joined St. Paul's staff after discovering that full-time retirement did not suit her. She is also active in the Lydia Circle and has learned to play bridge. Contact Mrs. Zeigler at or 301-933-7933 ext. 110.

  • tracey furman - Facilities Manager

    Tracey Furman is the Facilities Manager at St. Paul's. Tracey and her westie Aberdeen can be found at St. Paul's at all hours of the day and night ensuring the building is running smoothly. Email her at

  • Marco palma - Maintenance

    Marco Palma is a native of Guatemala and long-time Silver Spring resident. Always available to assist church members with their building needs, Mr. Palma can also patch, repair, or assemble almost anything. He is a fan of podcasts about pop culture, history, and current events.