Grace United Church of Christ Staff


Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor



Rob 2012

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.



Kelly Pineda

Church Admin/Bookkeeper


Kelly handles the day-to-day running of the church office.  She is responsible for creating the worship bulletins, weekly email blast, monthly newsletters, answering the telephone and email, 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.


Kelly Pineda

Director of Children & Youth Ministries

Welcome Kelly as our new director of Children and Youth Ministries.  Kelly Pineda has agreed to join us in that role and we are so happy to have her! Kelly will be responsible for coordinating ministries to children and youth including Children’s Church, VBS and youth activities.

Mat Lutman



Our Caretaker works 3 days a week making sure the building is in good working condition.  He cleans up after worship, fellowship events, weddings, and funerals, and does many odd jobs around the church.



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