Reverend Dr. Amy McCullough
Rev. Dr. Amy McCullough has served as the Lead Pastor at Grace since July, 2011. Ordained in the Baltimore-Washington Conference in 2000, she has served previously at Glenelg United Methodist Church and as the Associate Minister at Metropolitan Memorial (now National) United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A.) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div.). She holds a Ph.D. in Homiletics and Liturgics from Vanderbilt University and is the author of Her Preaching Body: Conversations in Identity, Agency, and Embodiment in Contemporary Female Preachers (2018). She is an avid reader and runner. Along with her husband, Chris McCullough, she is the proud parent of two children.
Rev. Levon Sutton comes to Grace United Methodist Church as Associate Pastor after serving as the Lead Pastor for Emanuel United Methodist Church since July 2017. A Licensed Local Pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Conference in 2017, he will be commissioned as a Provisional Elder at this year’s Annual Conference. He has served previously as a member of the Discipleship Ministry and Mission team at Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore, MD. He is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A.) and Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He has a passion for music of all periods, genres and enjoys a variety of weekend activities. With his wife Adrienne (B.A. Penn State University), he is a proud parent of two daughters and is a dog dad to a standard poodle.
Minister of Music/Organist
Christopher Schroeder is the Minister of Music and Organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD. Previously, Christopher was the Director of Music and Organist at Towson Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD. In May 2006 Christopher received a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance at Indiana University in Bloomington and in May 2008 he completed his Master’s degree in Organ Performance and Church Music at IU.
Christopher has been involved in church music for more than thirty years. His first church music experience was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where his mother was organist. With years of piano instructions and experience, he began to play organ at several Protestant churches in Rushville, Indiana. Before graduating from high school, he studied organ privately at Earlham College and attended Interlochen Music Summer Camp. Christopher studied organ at Westminster Choir College before returning to Indiana University to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Chris continued his interest in music with part-time positions at various churches in the Indianapolis area while working full time in the fields of Social Work and Accounting.
In the Fall of 2003, Christopher returned to higher education to complete his music degrees, attending Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While there, he studied composition, choral and organ techniques. He completed both the Bachelor and Master degrees in Organ Performance and Church Music under the guidance of many fine musicians and professors including Dr. Marilyn Keiser and Dr. William Gray.
Christopher enjoys playing organ recitals in the Baltimore area. Other passions and expertise include choral and congregational singing. Other interests include pursuing ways to make organ music and congregational singing more enjoyable and meaningful to the congregations of the church and to the general public.
David C. Brock, a native of Georgia, began his church music career at age 11 when he became the principal pianist and then organist at his United Methodist parish church. While attending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1973, David studied organ privately with music department faculty and was organist for the Glee Club and Women’s Chorale for the 1972 Festival of Lessons and Carols. He continued to commute on weekends in order to play at his home church each Sunday.
Following graduation, David was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University and moved to Baltimore. He began attending the A.W. Wilson Memorial church, sang in the choir, and studied organ privately with the music director, Theodore J. Talbert.
In 1977, at the request of SPRC, he became the organist and choir director of the Wilson Memorial church, a position he held until the merger with Grace Church in 1996. David served on many committees at Wilson Memorial, including a number of years as chair of the Administrative Board, a position that he held at the time of the merger with Grace in 1996. When the longtime organist of Grace church, Bruce R. Eicher, requested additional vacation time to pursue travels, David was engaged to be associate organist to fill in for 16 weeks each year. Following Mr. Eicher’s retirement, David continued as associate organist under the direction of Christopher Schroeder, minister of music. The position was changed to a focus on accompanying choir anthems, playing for rehearsals, and directing the chancel choir as needed.
In addition to the B.A. degree from Emory, David also earned a M.S. degree from Johns Hopkins, as well as a master’s equivalency from Hopkins in history and education. He retired from the Baltimore City Public Schools in 2004 following a 30 year career in the classroom and central office administration. While at Grace, David has served on the Trustees and chaired the Worship Committee and the Administrative Board.
Grace Notes Editor
Kitty Bond Allen is a life-long Baltimorean whose parents and grandparents have all been members of Grace Church. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Grace and her children baptized here. Kitty is the mother of three and grandmother of five, sadly none of whom live locally but not that far away if needed. An alumna of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) with a degree in English writing, she met her husband Malcolm while working in promotion and public relations at the Baltimore News Post.
She was hired by Dr. F. Norman Van Brunt as Grace’s part-time financial secretary in April 1979 and was promoted to church secretary, administrative secretary and finally administrative assistant in 1984. These were pre-computer days and she typed bulletins and Grace Notes on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Her introduction to a computer was at Grace member, John Dempster’s office where she entered the congregational mailing list so we could print labels from metal plates.
When her husband was in the last stages of cancer, at Bruce Eicher’s suggestion, she retired from the Grace office to take a position as administrative assistant to the Dean of the Peabody Conservatory which offered good benefits (Peabody is a division of Johns Hopkins University) where she stayed for 15 years.
When she reached Medicare-eligible age, wishing to take on a lesser work load, she became administrative assistant to the Director of Spiritual Support Services at GBMC where she stayed another 15 years.
She retired yet again when elected vice president of the Residents’ Association at Edenwald Senior Living so that she could become actively involved in the myriad of committees and activities her new role required. Kitty is now in her second and final year as president of the RA, very active in the life of that retirement community.
She has always had a part-time job or two, some paid, others volunteer, as a proofreader for Waverly Press, Hopkins Press, the Aspen Institute, and as editor of newsletters for the Loch Raven Village Associates, the Baltimore Symphony Associates, the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and creating program books for the Baltimore Symphony Decorators’/Designers’ Showhouses. And she has continued editing our print newsletter, Grace Notes now for 42 years.
During the 150th year celebration of this church, she wrote the second volume of Grace’s history from 1951-2018. Kitty sang in the alto section of the Chancel Choir for 37 years, and upon retirement, the Kitty Allen French Horn stop was added to the organ. She served as chair of the Church Council, twice chair of the Board of Trustees – the first time becoming the first woman in that role, one that her grandfather had held. The second time was for 12 years encompassing two capital fund campaigns, meeting weekly with architects in the
renovation/redecoration of the sanctuary, then the education building. As Trustee chair, her name is on the bill of sale when Grace sold the merged Wilson Memorial Church building to Johns Hopkins to serve as its interfaith center.
Among her passions are music (choral, sacred and classical), watching tennis, Orioles and Ravens, and visits from her family.
Diane Cole, a former northeasterner, moved to the Baltimore area in 2004 with her now late husband. Diane spent 15 years as the Event Coordinator at Beth El Congregation in Pikesville. In November, 2018, Diane accepted the position of office administrator here at Grace. When you ask Diane about the big change in careers, she will tell you what a learning experience it has been and how much she has enjoyed every day being at Grace. As many of you know, Diane signs on almost every Sunday to watch services. From her very first day at Grace, she will tell you that the congregation has been so welcoming and so helpful.
Diane has three children, two live here in the Baltimore area, one in the Berkshires in Massachusetts and five grandchildren. Four of her grandchildren are in college all over the country and the youngest is here at Grace in the twos class in our preschool.
Diane loves to walk when not at work and reads biographical novels.
Director of Children's Ministry
Carolyn Young, our Director of Children’s Ministry, is first and foremost a Christian, an active servant of God and youth ministry leader. She comes to Grace Church from a forty-year career as an educator and administrator; upon retiring as a middle school principal, she operated her own preschool.
Carolyn has also worked with the autism community for the past eight years. She has a proven record of developing partnerships with diversity-focused organizations and has a wealth of knowledge and experiences providing resources within the special needs community. She was instrumental in establishing and managing relationships between individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, medical professionals, insurance companies, faith-based organizations, as well as Laurel Community College and Prince George Community College. Carolyn has also successfully developed platforms for community awareness and advocacy for the special needs community.
Additionally, she has served as a consultant in children’s Christian education curricula, Christian formation and assisted various churches in developing special needs ministries. Ms. Young began her ministry at Grace on July 15, 2019 and her Children’s Moment during worship immediately captivated children and adults alike!
She is the proud mother of four adult children and four wonderful grandchildren.
Director, Grace Preschool
Tami has been a teacher for seventeen years; the last thirteen were at Gilman School. Most of her teaching career has been in a first-grade classroom, and she’s convinced the students taught her how to be empathetic, flexible, and creative, all traits that are needed to be the Director of a Preschool. Tami was also the Director of Early Childhood at Gilman and gained experience in creating the budget, working with architects to design spaces for little ones, purchasing curriculum, and researching developmentally appropriate practices. All prepared her for her new role as Director at Grace Preschool and leader during this pandemic journey, 2020 – 21!
With new technology and stringent safety protocols, Tami and staff have a plan in place for in-person learning, distance learning, teaching videos, and a plan for times when the school is between the two! Most importantly, the staff has restructured daily plans to incorporate community building, play, and communication more than ever. She has every confidence that students at Grace will be met with empathy, love, compassion, warmth, safety, and security.
Tami met her husband, Barry, in the Dominican Republic; they had moved there independently after college graduation to teach at an international Christian school in Santiago. After two years there, they married and continued to teach there two more years. They both became teachers at Gilman and now have four children, Emma, Dominic, Amelia, and Esther, all attending either Bryn Mawr or Gilman.
Alex is our Communications and AV Specialist, a part-time position entailing responsibility for the church’s electronic communications and worship production and streaming ministries, as well as providing oversight for the coordination of all of Grace’s communication streams.
Alex originally comes from Dillwyn, Virginia. She has a passion for social media marketing and communications that she has pursued through work with churches and nonprofits. She pursued a degree in religion and gender studies from Shenandoah University and then received her Masters of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School in 2020. Her hobbies include knitting, makeup, and watching horror movies. Alex also loves spending time with her partner Case, as well as their two cats and four sugar gliders.
She is present on Sunday mornings, most often at the AV booth in the balcony as well as in the church office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.