Meet the Staff

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

Summer 2022: The building is temporarily closed on weekdays during renovation! Staff will flex hours on-site to avoid peak construction periods and will work from home. (We will have Sunday worship in the Sanctuary as scheduled.) Access to St. Paul's will be by appointment only. During normal operations, drop-in office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10AM to 3PM. The church is closed for federal holidays,  plus the day after Easter. Staff availability varies as we make pastoral visits off-site and allow work-from-home and flex hours. Please make an appointment if there is someone specific you wish to see!  

For updates about new pastoral appointments, please visit the Pastors Page.


Click HERE to jump down the page to the section on our committees, including Church Council.

  • 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 or call 301-933-7933 ext. 101. Click here to go to the Pastors' Page to read some of our pastors' recent thoughts.

  • Rev. Joey Heath-Mason

    Associate Pastor

    Rev. Joey Heath-Mason grew up in south Georgia, but moved to DC to earn his Master’s of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Since seminary, he has served a small church in Westminster, MD, followed by a few years at nearby Silver Spring UMC. That time was then followed by six years serving in campus ministry at American University. What excites Pastor Joey about ministry is the opportunity to share love, grace, and dignity with all while working to make the world around us better. He is also passionate about justice and inclusion of the excluded and forgotten. Pastor Joey lives in Silver Spring with his husband Matthew, daughter Amaya, son Andre, and their two dogs Abbi and Skipper. Pastor Joey joined St. Paul's in July of 2022. Contact him at

  • Dr. Meg Baker

    minister of spiritual care and formation

    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 or call 301-933-7933 ext 104.

  • Mr. micah smartt

    minister of youth and design

    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 Wheaton with his wife Holly, an elementary school teacher and frequent Youth events chaperone. Reach him at msmarttAt or 301-933-7933 ext. 111.

  • Mr. 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 post-graduate/gap year director for Metropolitan School of the Arts (Alexandria VA) and 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.

  • Mr. marvin mills


    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

  • Dr. Erin bone steele

    Director of communications and administration

    Erin Bone Steele has been part of the St. Paul's staff since 2016. She has experience in communications in the university environment and office management in the financial banking sector. She is now settled in Silver Spring MD with her husband Colin, two daughters, and numerous pets. Erin worships with her family at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring where she is most active in the refugee resettlement ministry and the music program. Additionally, Erin holds a PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies, and directs theatrical works for several local organizations, including the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. You can contact her at:, phone 301-933-7933 ext. 100.

  • Ms. 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

  • Mr. Marco palma


    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.

A message from Pastor Pat

Pastor Pat's Message Regarding Pastor Kate's new appointment.


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 2021

Bill Butz (Chair)

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

Pat Allen (Senior Pastor)

Joey Heath-Mason (Associate Pastor)

Meg Baker

Grey Emmons

Ginny Hagberg

Steve Lillie

Olivia Scott

Rachel Stalcup

Travis Stalcup

Steve Warren


CLICK HERE to download the Church Council Minutes from February 2021 - Please note - these are preliminary and will not be reviewed and approved by committee vote until the next meeting on May 12.

CLICK HERE for the January 2021 Financial Summary, presented at the Church Council Meeting in February 2021 by Finance Chair Grey Emmons and Treasurer Michelle Gregonis.

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 other minutes from previous meetings or to request a hard copy by mail, 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

Dawn Ford

Mike Hauser

John Thompson


Meg Baker (Director of Christian Education)

Deanna Hodgson

Therese Walden

Sue Ellen Tindle


Grey Emmons (Chair)

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)

Hans Chen

Betsey Katiti

Terri Marshall

Kathleen Stephens

Other Standing Commissions & Committees

Justice & Compassion: Travis Stalcup

United Methodist Men: Rich Higgins

Stewardship Chair: Jen Graff

Memorials: Rich Higgins

Lay Member to Annual Conference: Kenzie Raulin

Lay Staff: Erin Bone Steele (Administrator)

Retired Connected Clergy: Sue Brown, Roger Carlson, Connie Paulson