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.
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Director of Christian Formation and Family Ministries
Kathy grew up on a farm in Iowa with five siblings and was raised as a Methodist. In high school she sang in chorus, played the bass clarinet and piano, was active in 4H and sang in the church choir. In college she also served as an organist in her home church. Through singing hymns she discovered a closeness to God and the Holy Spirit. After a few years teaching music, Kathy answered God’s call to be in Christian Education ministry. She earned a Masters of Christian Education degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister by the Iowa Conference. In 1998 she was ordained a Deacon in Full Connection by the Baltimore-Washington Conference. In 2006 Kathy was elected to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the national Christian Educators Fellowship, The United Methodist Church. In 2011 the East Ohio Conference gave Kathy the John Lennen Outstanding Christian Educator Award. God has called Kathy to serve churches as a Christian educator in Iowa, South Carolina, Maryland and Ohio before calling her back to Maryland.
Kathy is a teacher, poet, musician, composer, gardener, seamstress, creative artist and crafter. She loves walking in nature and is passionate about the stewardship of creation. Kathy understands that every person is called to be a minister of Jesus Christ by virtue of their baptism and has a passion for helping people know Christ, find their gifts and equip them for ministry.
At St. Matthew’s Kathy leads ministry in three major areas: 1) Children’s Christian Formation, 2) Adult Christian Formation and 3) Young Family Ministry. She works closely in shared ministry with the Christian Formation Committee and the Children and Families Council in developing goals and ministries, equipping those working with them for servant leadership and integrating these ministry in the overall ministry at St. Matthew’s through the Council of Ministries.
The Christian Formation Committee is developing an integrated program of Christian Formation and a comprehensive discipleship plan for children through adults. Christian Formation ministries include Church School, Vacation Bible School, Disciple Bible Studies, small groups and classes, etc. These ministries help the congregation live into the vows we take at each baptism that with God’s help we will “surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness that they may grow in their trust of God and be found faithful in their service to others and…to pray for them that they may be true disciples who walk in way that leads to life.”
The Children and Families Council sponsors activities for Children and their Families in the congregation and community, Children’s Church, child care during worship, and advocates for inclusion of children and their families in the overall life of the church. The Children and Families Council coordinates in shared ministry with other church groups and welcomes participation in creating and providing emerging ministries with and for children and their families.
As a Deacon in Full Connection Rev. Kathy assists in serving communion to those outside the sanctuary as a symbolic witness to bridging church and world. She assists in leading worship, leads Children’s Church and teaches classes that help people grow in their discipleship for the transformation of the world.
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.
Hi, I’m Laura Ross and I was born and raised in Durham, NC and I grew up at Resurrection UMC. I just graduated in May from UNC-Pembroke with a bachelors in Psychology and am currently a first year M.Div. student as Wesley Theological Seminary in DC and am a candidate in the North Carolina conference for ordination as a Deacon. Some fun facts about me: I spent 3 summers working at Camp Rockfish in Parkton, NC and loved every minute of it, my favorite animal in the whole wide world is a penguin, and I’m addicted to mac n’ cheese and Mnt. Dew. Youth and Children’s Ministries are my passion, my mission, and my call and I am so excited to be working with St. Matthew’s youth, I hope and pray that we have an amazing time together!