Grace United Church of Christ Staff

 

Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor

Pastor

 

On September 23, 2012, Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor was unanimously called as Grace Church's new Pastor.  Prior to joining the United Church of Christ, Rob served 21 years in another Christian tradition.  He has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Seminary with a concentration in spiritual practices.

Rob has also taught religion and German at the high school, college and graduate school levels.

He is recognized as a UCC church planter, and was instrumental in founding Veritas UCC in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he was called as the first Pastor.

Rob is married to Rob Apgar, a DC Metro Transit Police officer, and has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Congratulations to Pastor Rob, who recently celebrated 25 Years of Ordination!

 

 

Jonas Dawson

Director of Music and Organist

 

A lifetime Maryland resident, Jonas studied piano and voice privately in Hagerstown, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Jonas previously served the congregation of Mt. Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ in Keedysville, Maryland as their Organist and Music Director.

Jonas is also highly sought after as a musical theater music director and piano accompanist, having been involved with over fifty shows with groups in Eastern West Virginia and around Maryland. Jonas helped found the group Being Revived, whose mission is to expose audiences to musicals that are lesser known, or just haven't found their audience yet.

 

 

Tara Plyler

Administrative Associate

 

Tara handles the day-to-day running of the church office.  She is responsible for creating the worship bulletins and monthly newsletters, answering the telephone, keeping the church files in order, and updating the membership database.  She handles the scheduling of all meetings and events on the church calendar, provides secretarial support to the Pastor and the Church Council, and acts as the webmaster for Grace's website.  She also serves as the church's financial secretary and bookkeeper.

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Tom Tobery

Caretaker

 

Our Caretaker, Tom, spends more time in the church building than anyone else.  He works 7 days a week to make sure the building is open and the lights are on for all meetings and events.  He cleans up after worship, fellowship events, weddings, and funerals, and does many odd jobs around the church.

 

 

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