Clergy and Staff

Pastor, Rev Rachel Cornwell

Rev. Cornwell, a former member of Dumbarton, has been in full-time ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference since 2002. She has served congregations in Bethesda and Silver Spring, and she was in extension ministry with the James Company, specializing in helping churches and other nonprofits with fundraising, visioning and strategic planning.  Rev. Cornwell serves on the Greater Washington District Committee on Ordained Ministry, the Adrienne Terry Affordable Housing Taskforce, and the Board of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland.

Rev. Cornwell earned her Masters of Divinity degree at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and was a Woodruff Scholar. She received her B.A. degree in Religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and she has an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute at Indiana University.

She joined Dumbarton in 1998 while serving in Washington, DC, with the General Board of Global Ministries Mission Intern Program, but left to attend seminary in Atlanta in the fall of 1999. She met Marcus Meeks (her husband) at Emory, where he was studying law. They were married at Dumbarton in 2002. She and Marcus live in Silver Spring with their three children, Nora, Graham and Evan. She also enjoys cooking, reading and training for and competing in triathlons. She is currently writing a book for parents of transgender children scheduled to be published by ACTA Publishing in 2021

 

Deacon, Rev. Doris Warrell

Rev. Doris Warrell is an ordained deacon in full-connection in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the UMC. In her secondary appointment at DUMC, Doris serves the congregation by leading small group activities, occasional preaching and other activities.



Doris has served with various nonprofits, including Bread for the World, Bright Stars of Bethlehem, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and American Near East Refugee Aid. Rev. Warrell has a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs/African Studies from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland University.

 

Director of Music Ministry, A.J. Welch

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A.J. Welch has served as Director of Music Ministry at Dumbarton since 2015, where he conducts the Dumbarton choir, plays the piano and organ during services, and works with staff and laity to craft a vibrant and diverse musical liturgy.

As a pianist and conductor, A.J. has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the U.S. Congress and at numerous area embassies and universities. He is the artistic director of the Georgetown Epiphany Festival, assistant conductor and keyboard artist for the Georgetown Chorale, artistic director of the Seriously Fun Singers, and maintains a private piano studio.

He has a DMA in piano from the University of Maryland, where he also holds a master's degree. Away from the performing arts, Andrew enjoys reading, watching baseball, and experiencing the outdoors .

Melany BurrillChurch Adminstrator,

Melany Burrill

Melany describes herself as a "genetic United Methodist" from Illinois farming communities. She came to Washington DC to attend seminary years ago and just stayed. Her experience includes 16 years as a Director of Christian Education in a suburban Virginia congregation and office manager in a DC non-profit. She is thrilled to be the "glue" that holds together the DUMC office. Her duties include :

  • Coordinating use of the building
  • Producing the weekly worship bulletins
  • Producing the congregational directory
  • And many "other duties" too numerous to mention.

 Have a question about how the church works? Ask Melany.

 

Youth and Children's Minister, Jeehye Pak

Jeehye (pronounced “jee-hae”) joins us with years of experience as a children’s minister/director, serving previously in Korean Methodist churches. She works at the Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church and has worked at Many Voices. She is a Korean-American who was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was five years old. She grew up in Maryland and came to D.C. to attend Wesley Theological Seminary, where she graduated with an M. Div in 2012. She lives in LeDroit Park, D.C. with her husband, Simon, and their children, Lev and Noa.. She loves to explore the city and go on adventures near and far. She is excited to be on this adventure with Dumbarton, especially with the children and youth.