Rev,.Rachel Cornwell Appointed Pastor

The Rev. Rachel Cornwell wi has been appointed senior pastor at Dumbarton by Bishop Estelle Easterling, effective July 1. She replaces the Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Totty, who has accepted an appointment in Nebraska.:

Rev. Cornwell,, a former member of Dumbarton, served as the lead pastor at Silver Spring United Methodist Church. from 2006 to 2017..Before that, she was associate pastor at Bethesda United Methodist Church from 2002 to 2006. For the past three years, she has been program director at the James Company, specializing in helping churches and other nonprofits raise money. In 2016-17 she taught at Wesley Seminary.

Rev. Cornwell earned her masters of divinity degree in 2002 at Emory University. She received her B.A. degree in religion at Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas, in 1996.

She joined Dumbarton in 1998 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 on June 15, 2002.

She and Marcus live in Silver Spring with their three children, Nora (15), Graham (12) and Evan (8). She also enjoys cooking, reading and training for and competing in triathlons. She is writing a book for parents of transgender children.

Asked to comment on her appointment, Rev. Cornwell said said, "I am really excited to reconnect with the congregation, to see many familiar faces and new ones as well. Dumbarton played such an important role in my spiritual formation and sense of call to ministry as a young adult, and my time with you all has informed many of the ways I have served and led throughout my ministry. I have also gained some skills, experiences and perspectives from my 18 years of ministry that I look forward to sharing with you as we move forward into the future that God has for us.

"Although it's a strange time to be starting a new appointment (in the midst of a pandemic and online worship), I am grateful that I have some relationships at Dumbarton already and that we'll still be able to connect virtually"