Listening Sessions

with Pastor Pat

The SPRC is hosting a series of Listening Sessions with Pastor Pat on these dates in February:

• Tuesday, February 4, 5:00-6:30 PM – Octagon

• Monday, February 10, 5:00-6:30 PM – Octagon

Please note: There is also a Listening Session scheduled Sunday, February 9, 1:00-2:30 PM, Room 109 - but space is limited. Please choose Feb. 4 or Feb. 10 if possible.

These sessions are an opportunity for worshipers at St. Paul’s to share reflections and concerns for the church with our new pastor. Sign up using the insert in one of the Sunday worship bulletins, on the clipboard in the church office, or contact the church office if you plan to attend. 

Each session is independent and attendees need only come to one. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel D. Stalcup, Chair of the SPRC, or the church office.

Welcoming Pastor Pat

Dear St. Paul's Friends,

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is delighted to share that Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has appointed Rev. Dr. Patricia Allen as the new senior pastor of our congregation. 

The SPRC will be hosting a cake & punch welcome reception for Pastor Pat following the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, January 5 in the Octagon. All friends of St. Paul's are welcome.

As a United Methodist Church, we are part of an appointment system. Our congregation’s staff parish relations committee has met with the district superintendent, Rev. Gerard “Gerry” Green, and Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling to identify our congregation’s needs and the needed skills in a pastor. We have also met with Pastor Pat to get to know her and to ask questions.

Pastor Pat has been in ministry since 2007. She has previously served churches in Glen Burnie and Oxon Hill, MD. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2019 from Wesley Theological Seminary, her Masters in 2005 from the Howard University School of Divinity, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979 from the University of Illinois.

During her tenure as pastor in Oxon Hill, she led the church in developing a partnership with La Iglesia Metodista San Pablo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also developed a relationship with District IV and VII of the Prince George County Police, partnered with the local library for special events, and hosted National Night Out. She led other community partnerships including the South Prince George County Youth Coalition, Glassmanor Community Center, and Oxon Hill Food Pantry.

Pastor Pat Allen has been married to her husband Ed for close to 34 years and has two adult sons (one deceased), two adult daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. When not working, she loves to read, bake, write, and spend time with family and friends.

Our new pastor will work with us and the conference so that we continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Rachel Stalcup, 

SPRC chair

Release of Pastoral Ties

At the 10:30 AM worship service on December 29, we recognized the conclusion of Rev. Adam B. Snell’s ministry at St. Paul’s with a Release of Pastoral Ties. 

The Baltimore-Washington Conference Policy Manual requires pastors to have no contact with members of their former congregation for a minimum of one year. 

Rev. Snell has asked that all members of St. Paul’s honor the Release of Pastoral Ties and refrain from visiting his new church.

Although this policy may sound harsh, this protects the departing pastor from the burden of feeling bound to minister to multiple congregations, and helps ensure incoming pastors can forge the relationships they will need to minister effectively. 

Those wishing to send personal notes or farewell cards to Rev. Snell may address them to the St. Paul’s office and we will forward them to him at his new appointment. Thank you for your understanding.