Welcome Home! These are the words I seek to speak to each new family who’s journey leads to Mt. Carmel. For 14 years now Jon and I have been blessed to serve among the people of Mt. Carmel UMC. Our church upon a hill has been a sanctuary of hope where we have experienced both the care of warm community and the power of an awesome God. If you are looking for a church home we welcome you to come and journey with us.
I met my husband Jon when his mother, a Methodist pastor, was appointed to my home church in Boonsboro MD. As highschoolers he played ball and I swam and together we discerned where the Lord was leading us. When I was 17 I heard a strong call to go into ministry. This was a surprise to Jon who was looking forward to his years of living in a church parsonage to end. His path led him to the University of MD where he played in the marching band and earned a degree in History and Secondary Education. I attended Western Maryland College where I swam for the college team and studied World Religion, Psychology, and Sports Coaching. After graduation the Bishop appointed me to serve as the associate pastor at Walkersville UMC. The people of Walkersville welcomed me, a 20 year old seminarian, and taught me how to serve among God’s people. While pastoring in Walkersville I attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC and earned a Masters of Divinity. In 2001 Jon and I were married at our home church and we celebrated with family and friends on our family farm in Hagerstown MD.
We were appointed to Mt. Carmel in July of 2003. We moved into the parsonage in Tulip Hill as newlyweds excited to enjoy our new home. Two years later we were blessed to welcome into our family three adopted children, Christian (now 19), Luis (now 16), and Justin (now 13). They came as little boys full of energy and eager to learn. We are quite humbled by how they are growing into strong and handsome young men. Quite unexpectedly the Lord chose to add a fourth son to our family. On April 21,2006 we welcomed Benjamin into the world, followed by Matthew a decade later blessing us with a remarkable band of brothers.
Coinciding with Matthew’s birth, I was excited to complete my doctorate studies. I received a doctor’s of ministry degree in holistic wellness from Drew University.
These days our family time in consumed by high school football, YMCA basketball, Four county baseball, Oakdale theatre, and a whole lot of dirty laundry. In between shuttle trips and chores Jon and I find opportunities to camp, hike, and search for waterfalls. Travel is also a welcome oasis especially for me.
I continue to be blessed by the adventure it is to lead the tenacious people of Mt. Carmel UMC and look forward to getting to know you better.
With joy, Pastor Jenny