Pastor Mejia is coming to St. Matthew’s after faithful service to the congregation of Emmanuel UMC in Beltsville, Md. During his time with them, Emmanuel UMC grew in worship attendance and began many ministries, including: Adult ESOL Classes, monthly food distribution, community garden, youth group and youth mission trips, and a revitalized Sunday School ministry.
He has also served the United Methodist Church both at the conference and national levels. Pastor Mejia just joined the Micah preaching cluster sponsored by Fuller Seminary. One of the most important aspects of his ministry is his commitment to his accountability group of pastors, which has been meeting since 1998.
Pastor Mejia became an American citizen Feb. 2, 2010. He recently married his best friend and fellow United Methodist pastor, Rev. Michelle Thorne Mejia June 29, 2013.
Born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, Daniel Mejia is the oldest of three sons of Ciro and Leticia Mejia. He attended The Universidad Ibero-americana where he earned his Law degree in 1994. However, his plans to be a lawyer were interrupted by God’s call to full time service.
In 1995 he answered the call to come as a missionary to serve in Valdosta, GA, working at Bemiss United Methodist Church and serving Hispanic migrant workers. As God continued to call he attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1997 and simultaneously served the Hispanic congregation at Arlington United Methodist Church in the Virginia Conference.
He graduated in 2001 and was ordained an Elder of The United Methodist Church in 2004. He was selected to be among the first group of Lewis Fellows, a two-year program recognizing and encouraging young effective pastors across the country.
Pastor Mejia has served as the vice president of GRACE Ministries in Arlington, board member of Just Neighbors, and is currently an adjunct Professor for the Practice in Ministry and Mission Program at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Our Music Ministry is under the direction of Isaac Borocz, who is ably assisted by several adult volunteers. We encourage all those who are interested and who wish to express their love of God and Jesus Christ through musical expression to join one of our music groups.
Isaac Borocz’s musical education began in Elizabethtown, PA, his hometown, in 1963, and his first forays into church music took place there in 1966. He has studied music and musicology at Marywood University, Scranton, PA; University of Maryland, College Park, MD: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He spent 2 years studying at The Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome, Italy, where his instructors included Mons. Domenico Bartolucci, director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, and Dr. Eric Arndt, organist of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. During that time, he served as music director of the Primatial Basilica of S. Anselmo in Rome. He has played recitals in the United States, including The Washington National Cathedral and The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC; and in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. A Benedictine monk and priest for 15 years, he holds degrees in philosophy, theology and counseling. He has been music director at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church since 1991 and is president-elect of the Maryland-District of Columbia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Chelsea Spyres joined our St. Matthew’s family as the Director of Christian Formation in July 2016. She is responsible for our work around Christian formation, both children and adults. She is excited about incorporating service, worship, and fellowship into our understanding of Christian Formation to work alongside our educational offerings.
Before coming to St. Matthew’s she served as a US2 missionary working with the homeless and low-income individuals in Detroit through the NOAH (Networking, Organizing and Advocating for the Homeless) Project. In her two years there she worked as a case manager, seeing clients one-on-one, helping the organization to expand in this area to provide for stronger long term support for clients.
Chelsea’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Delaware in Human Services, with a minor in Disability Studies; her family and home church are both in Delaware. During her time at the University she was active in the Wesley Foundation, where she served as the Prayer Czar for two years. In this position she coordinated prayer, worship and retreats and spring break mission trips for the organization. In the summers between college terms she worked at Carolina Cross Connection, a home repair ministry coordinating youth mission trips in North Carolina. She plans to attend Wesley Seminary in the next few years.
For fun Chelsea loves to hike, go camping, find a random spot to hang her hammock, go on bike rides, watch movies, and explore new places with friends.
Nicole Colbert joined our St. Matthew’s staff in July 2016 as our Visitation Pastor.
She brings with her nine years of faith-based ministry, as well as twenty years of educational background, having taught math, science, reading and social studies at the elementary-school level in Prince George’s County. Nicole is a board-certified chaplain, as well as a licensed and ordained elder for the African Methodist Episcopal church. She also currently serves part-time as the Director of Christian Education at Trinity United Methodist church in Alexandria, VA. Her home church is Mount Pisgah AME Church in Columbia, MD.
In addition to providing pastoral care for SMUMC, Nicole enables and empowers SMUMC lay teams to play a role in our pastoral and crisis ministry.