Pastor John Rudisill
John W. Rudisill, Jr. is the Lead Pastor at Montgomery Church. Pastor John is a native of Hagerstown, and a graduate of Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.) and the United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio.
Pastor John came to us in July of 2016, following a variety of ministry experiences and has served several churches in the Central Maryland area.
Pastor John and his wife, Joy have been married since 1979, and have three daughters Katy, Betsy, and Kara – along with two granddaughters Violet and Madison.
PJ is a lifelong fan of Maryland sports teams, and batted .368 at Orioles fantasy camp several years ago. Pastor John has a zest for life, and a love for people. He brings the words of the Bible to the issues of daily life in a relaxed and encouraging manner.
DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION
Margaret Olsen is Director of Faith Formation as well as our Children’s Center Preschool Director. Her family has been members of MUMC since moving here from Alabama over 25 years ago. She has been active at the preschool in various capacities since 1997 & also served on various committees at our church over the years. She has three adult children and is blessed to have three precious grandchildren, Liam, Lexi and Emily.
As DFF at MUMC, Margret oversees, with a lot of support, the Christian Education program, including Sunday School for children and adults and the nursery. She also provides support for various ministries in the church, such as Adult Small Group Ministry, the Health Ministry, Sports Ministry, and Vacation Bible School. Although she’s been in the position almost 2 years now, she’s still learning but loves being able to be a part of so many vital ministries here at MUMC! She especially enjoys working with our children, and has felt called to this ministry ever since she was a teenager. The pure joy and love of God that young children have is truly a sign of how God’s Love shines in all of us!
She feels truly blessed to be a part of both the MUMC family and the Children’s Center family and continues to pray for God’s guidance in her life as she follow where He leads her!
Cathy previously spent the last 25 years working in downtown Washington.D.C. as a Catering & Convention Service Manager. Although she is originally from D.C, she currently resides in Damascus with her husband, Paul and their German Shepherd, Duke. In conjunction with being our Office Administrator, Cathy also proudly serves the community as the EMS Lieutenant for the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department. In her free time, you can find her hiking local trails at Sugarloaf or the Rachel Carson Conservancy. She also enjoys taking photographs of nature, historical monuments and cars.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR
Susie Neufeld is the Music Director for our 9AM Worship Service and other music events held at MUMC. She started this position here at Montgomery in May of 2019. She is a music lover. Wife and mother. Imperfectly perfect. Daughter of the One True King. A child of God. Chosen and redeemed. Made for a purpose, on purpose, for His purpose. Loved by a God that says, she is worth it all. She is addicted to serving Jesus through music and worship and is filled with a passion to bring others to Christ and show His love with her love of contemporary Christian music. Susie lives in Mt Airy, Maryland with her husband and 4 children. She has been a member at MUMC for 10 years and has always participated in singing for Worship. Susie and the praise team started "Last Friday's Jam Night" back in September and enjoys running this event with the help of many, to offer a night of praise music, fellowship and above all, FUN! She is excited to explore new avenues through music, here at Montgomery.
Carolyn Lamb Booth
ORGANIST AND CHANCEL CHOIR DIRECTOR
Carolyn is an organist, pianist, choir director, music educator, recitalist, and clinician. A native of Washington, D. C., she earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music and is an "ABD" (all but dissertation) in Historical Musicology from the University of Washington, Seattle,Washington.
Carolyn is active in the local American Guild of Organists chapters, the Organ Historical Society and Music Teachers National Association at the state and local levels. She resides in Gaithersburg, where she lives with four cats and maintains a music studio. Carolyn will begin her sixtieth year of teaching piano this year.