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.
Pastor Dane Wood
Pastor Daniel (Dane) C. Wood Jr. has served as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Missions at Grace UMC in Baltimore, MD since July 2018. Licensed as a Local Pastor in the South Carolina Conference in 2014, Dane has previously served as Pastor to Sharon and Smyrna UMCs (2014-2016, 2-point charge) in Abbeville, South Carolina; Shiloh UMC in Somerville, TN (2016-2017); and as Associate Pastor at Collierville UMC in Collierville, TN (2017-2018). Dane is a proud alumni of Clemson University (2009, BA History) and Emory University, Candler School of Theology (2015, M.Div.). He is happily married to Dr. Lara (Megan) Beers Wood (Ph.D. Immunology, Emory) who is currently a Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dane is passionate about missions, history, and learning how the awesome power of God is practical and life changing, every day.
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.
Director of Grace Preschool
Grace Notes Editor
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, four wonderful grandchildren and a lap dog named Gizmo, who is her joy.
Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland
Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland Theologian-in-Residence
Grace Church is pleased to welcome Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland Theologian-in-Residence during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Dr. Sutherland is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and Class Dean for the Class of 2020. He holds advanced degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He conducted research for his doctoral dissertation in Germany and Switzerland on the early sermons of Karl Barth. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fund for Theological Education, The Association for Religious and Intellectual Life, the Christian Scholars Fund, and the Wabash Center for the Teaching of Theology and Religion. Dr. Sutherland serves on the board of the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, and before moving to Baltimore, he was minister for a small congregation in Windsor, CT.
Dr. Sutherland has made presentations to churches and academic organizations across the United States and has been featured in USA Today and other publications. In his book, I Was Stranger: A Theology of Christian Hospitality, he addresses immigration, exile and violence, among other topics. The book was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Religion.
The role of Theologian-in-Residence is to be a sounding board and resource for our congregation in its witness to Jesus. Dr. Sutherland will endeavor to keep before us three questions:
Who are we, really?
Where are we, really?
What do we want, really?
Dr. Sutherland will preach in October and again in the winter/spring of 2020. While he is with us, he will be writing a commentary on Ezekiel for Westminster/John Knox Press and editing a volume of essays on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” He plans to share his progress on these projects by soliciting our feedback and facilitating a series of workshops; his first will be on Christian hospitality.
Dr. Sutherland’s wife, Mary, shares his interests in community activism, homeschooling and creating good food from scratch. They are also parents to Ethan (9) and Gabrielle (11).