Covenant United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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Pastor Dawn came to Covenant UMC from Glyndon, MD.  She has a passion for making worship engaging and transformative,  exploring the connections between creativity and faith, and working for a more peaceful and just world.  Outside the church, she loves cooking, making stained glass, kayaking, and biking.  Before entering seminary and pursuing her ministerial vocation, she earned a Ph.D. and math, served as an officer in the United States Air Force, and taught high school.  Her husband, Kevin Hulsing, is a computer geek, and she has two grown children who live and work in the DC area.




Kerri discovered Covenant United Methodist Church while looking for a preschool for her daughter. She shares, "We not only found a great preschool, but an amazing church!" Kerri feels blessed to have been welcomed onto the staff, and she enjoys giving back to a place that has been so welcoming to her family. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the children and family at Covenant.  Kerri's son has now been through the Terrific Two's program, and her daughter has officially finished the 3's and 4's program here. Kerri and her husband are originally from Maine, but have lived in the Virginia/Maryland area for the past seven years and absolutely love the area. 









KATHRYN HERMAN                                                                                            
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC              
A native New Yorker, Kathy moved to Gaithersburg in 1983, and immediately found her church home at Covenant United Methodist Church.  In addition to directing the Chancel Choir and playing organ and piano here at Covenant,  Kathy worked as a choral music teacher in the Sachem School District, NY and in the Montgomery County School System.  Kathy is inspired by the wealth and diversity of talent represented in the Covenant family.  She believes that music ministers to the congregation in a very special way and she search for music in a variety of styles that will provide joyful, welcoming and spirit-filled opportunities to praise and worship God. 




Marcia  served as Youth Director at Covenant before becoming the Director of the Terrific Twos Ministry.  She and her husband, Steve and their two daughters  have been touched in so many ways by the Covenant church family.  As Youth Director, I was blessed with the chance to know and work with a great bunch of teenagers from our church community.  Now I get to see the smiles of little ones as they experience the joys of learning, making friends and the love of Jesus Christ. 

NANCY REDING OFFICE MANAGER                                                                                                                        
As an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bethesda, Nancy enjoys spending her working hours supporting another faith community.  She loves interacting with the Covenant members and Terrific Twos parents in many ways.  Call (301) 926-8920 or stop by the church office on Monday- Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  




Mary and her husband Bill have been members of Covenant for over 17 years. They have an 12 year old son who is an alumni of Covenant's Terrific Twos Program and Preschool, as well as a 25 year old daughter. Mary shares that she has been blessed to be the nursery care provider for over ten years.  She looks forward to being in the nursery every Sunday and being a familiar face to the children.  Mary  also  assists in the Terrific Twos Program.  She is proud to be known as "Ms. Mary".
Lisa is the Director of the Covenant Preschool and attends Covenant UM Church with her husband and two sons.  Lisa's journey began while her sons were students at the preschool and she was a substitute teacher. She works closely with the Terrific Twos director to form a cohesive preschool family and give the children a positive foundation for their education. It is important for Lisa to help children develop a love for learning, have respect for others, and a sense of confidence in themselves.