Meet the Staff

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

  • rev. Dr. Pat Allen - Senior Pastor

    Rev. Dr. Pat Allen has been in ministry since 2007 and came to St. Paul's in January 2020. 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. Pastor Pat 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. Email Pastor Pat at pallen [at] or call 301-933-7933 ext. 101. Click here to go to the Pastors' Page to read some of our pastors' recent thoughts.

  • REv. Kate Mackereth Fulton - Associate Pastor

    Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton is a Marylander born in Calvert County and raised in Frederick. She joined the St. Paul’s family in July 2018 after serving previously as a chaplain at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. She holds M.Div (2017) and M.A. (2013) degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary and is a certified Mental Health First Aid practitioner. Pastor Kate is passionate about ministry with those experiencing mental illness, social justice advocacy, pastoral counseling, and local and international missions. She and her husband Andrew reside in Annandale, VA, with their two cats and basset hound. You can reach Pastor Kate by email at kfulton [at] or phone 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. Mr. Smartt enjoys cooking up fun projects and trips for the St. Paul's Youth (SPY) 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 with his wife Holly, an elementary school teacher and frequent Youth events chaperone. Reach him at msmartt [at] or 301-933-7933 ext. 111.

  • 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. Dr. Baker holds an MA degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and BA degrees in Music and Economics from the University of Mary Washington, and earned her doctorate at 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 mbaker [at] or call 301-933-7933 ext 104.

  • 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 recently retired from his position as Head of the Music Theatre division at The Catholic University of America (Washington DC). You can email him at tpedersen [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 mmills [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 worked previously as an adjunct college professor of theatre history and performance. She is now settled in Silver Spring MD with her husband Colin and two young daughters. She directs theatrical works for several local organizations, including the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and worships with her family at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring where she is most active in the refugee resettlement ministry and the early childhood music program. You can contact her at: stpaulsunited [at], phone 301-933-7933 ext. 100.

  • Michelle Gregonis - Treasurer

    Michelle Gregonis joined St. Paul's staff in October 2018 and worked with our previous treasurer, Sharon Ziegler, to become familiar with the church’s financial systems. She previously held jobs in the financial, human resource, and administrative fields. She recently arrived again in Maryland on her continuing journey as an active-duty military spouse. In her previous position she was Senior Finance Assistant and Human Resources Officer for the International Organization for Migration at their office in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Maryland. She now lives in Chevy Chase MD with her husband Michael and two children. The Gregonis household also includes two very spoiled cats. You can contact her at: mgregonis [at], phone 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 tfurman [at]

  • Marco palma - Maintenance

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

Church leadership

In accordance with governing principles laid out by the United Methodist Church, the leadership at St. Paul's is comprised of a robust roster of church lay members from a variety of backgrounds, in addition to clergy and staff. The following names have been submitted and approved as part of our annual church conference reporting. When appropriate, meeting minutes for the committee may be included as attachments.

Church Council Members for 2019-2020

John Seabreeze (Chair, outgoing)

Marge Higgins (Lay Leader & Lay Member to Annual Conference)

Vern Schinski (Lay Member to Annual Conference)

Pat Allen (Senior Pastor)

Kate Mackereth Fulton (Associate Pastor)

Meg Baker

Emma Cooper

Grey Emmons

Michelle Gregonis

Ginny Hagberg

Steve Lillie

Olivia Scott

Rachel Stalcup

Travis Stalcup

Steve Warren

Bill Butz (Chair, incoming January 2021)

CLICK HERE to download the Church Council Minutes from 9 December 2020

CLICK HERE to download the Church Council Minutes from 20 October 2020

CLICK HERE to download the Church Council Minutes from 13 May 2020

To request older minutes from previous meetings, please contact the church office or the Church Council chair directly.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Rachel Stalcup (Chair)

Beth Dennard

Mark Huff

Jenny Lipford

Mike McCurry

Beth Pierce

Sarah Saleh

Arceli Suley


Steve Warren (Chair)

Mike Barnes

Audrey Albertini (outgoing)

Dawn Ford

Mike Hauser

John Thompson


Meg Baker (Director of Christian Education)

Mary Lou Dungan (outgoing)

Deanna Hodgson

Therese Walden

Sue Ellen Tindle

Therese Walden (incoming January 2021)


Grey Emmons (Chair)

Michelle Gregonis (Treasurer)

Sharon Zeigler

Rich Higgins

Youth Ministries

Micah Smartt (Youth Pastor)

Jay Codner


Hans Chen

Betsey Katiti

Terri Marshall

Glenys Murrell

Lyn Walker

Leadership Development

Ryan Lipford (Chair)

Pat Allen (Senior Pastor)

Kate Mackereth Fulton (Associate Pastor)

Hans Chen

Alison Clark (outgoing)

Jim Hitchcock

Betsey Katiti

Eddie McWilliams (outgoing)

Terri Marshall

Karen Schuler (outgoing)

Kathleen Stephens

Other Standing Commissions & Committees

Justice & Compassion: Travis Stalcup

United Methodist Men: Phil Rush

Stewardship Chair: Jen Graff

Endowment: Keith Mayhew

Memorials: Rich Higgins

Lay Member to Annual Conference: Kenzie Raulin

Lay Staff: Erin Bone Steele (Administrator)

Retired Clergy: Sue Brown, Roger Carlson, Connie Paulson