Margaret Olsen : Director of Faith Formation

Margaret Olsen

Director of Faith Formation

Hi! My name is Margaret Olsen and I am the Director of Faith Formation here at Montgomery United Methodist Church.  My family and I have been members of MUMC since moving here from Alabama over 23 years ago.  We first visited Montgomery when my  youngest son Mark started preschool at Montgomery Methodist Children’s Center in the fall of 1994 and our family transferred our membership to MUMC that spring.  In the fall of 1997  I  began working at the Children’s Center as a teacher and in 2000 became the Director, a position I  continue to hold. I have also served on various committees at our church over the years and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible school.  I have three adult children, Kristen and her husband Matt, , Charlie and his wife Meghan,  and Mark and his girlfriend Theresa.  I am also blessed to have two precious grandchildren, Liam and Lexi.  All the family lives in Maryland and I get to see them often!  Nothing brings me more joy than to have all my children and grandchildren together with me!!

As DFF at MUMC I  oversee, with a lot of support,  in the Christian Education program, including Sunday School for children and adults and  the nursery  as well as small groups.  I  also provides support for various ministries in the church, such as the Health Ministry,  the Sports Ministry, the Follow Him  program and Vacation Bible School. Since I’ve only been in the position about 8 months I’m still learning but love being able to be a part of so many vital ministries here at MUMC! I especially enjoy working with our children, and have felt called to this ministry ever since I was a teenager and  began teaching a 5 year old Sunday School class  at 16. The pure joy and love of God that young children have is truly a sign to me of how God’s Love shines in all of us!

I am truly blessed to be a part of the MUMC family and the Children’s Center family and continue to pray for God’s guidance in my life as I follow where He leads me!

Pastor John Rudisill : Senior Pastor

Pastor John Rudisill

Senior Pastor

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 Montgomery in July of 2016, following a variety of ministry experiences.  He has served several churches in the Central Maryland area, as well as Director of Youth Ministry for the Baltimore North District, Chair of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation, and District Superintendent of the Cumberland-Hagerstown District.

Pastor John and is wife, Joy, have been married since 1979, and have daughters Katy, Betsy, and Kara - along with granddaughters Violet and Madison.

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.

Pastor.John.Rudisill@verizon.net
Angela Small : Office Administrator/Traditional Music Director

Angela Small

Office Administrator/Traditional Music Director

Hi! My name is Angela, and I am the Office Administrator at Montgomery Church. I also direct the Chancel choir and Handbell choir, and accompany the 11 am traditional worship service. When I'm not at work here, you can also find me throughout the DC area performing as a professional musician: playing piano and organ at various churches and teaching private piano and clarinet lessons. I am also the principal clarinetist of the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO).

However, my interests have always extended beyond music. In 2016 I graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. I moved to Maryland soon after to research in laser spectroscopy, but I quickly realized that church ministry is where I belong. I have really enjoyed applying the organizational and technical skills that I have learned through research to this different ministry!

Above all, I love fostering collaboration and helping MUMC behind the scenes to express our faith through worship, through community service, and through music.

ajsmall@mtu.edu
Mike Reitz : Director of Youth Ministries

Mike Reitz

Director of Youth Ministries

Susie Neufeld : Contemporary Music Director

Susie Neufeld

Contemporary Music Director

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, I am worth it all. Addicted to serving Jesus through music and worship. Filled with a passion to bring others to Christ and show His love with my love of contemporary Christian music.

susanvneufeld@gmail.com