Pastors & Staff

Pastors & Staff of Towson United Methodist Church


Lead Pastor

Rod Miller

Rev. Dr. Roderick J. Miller (Rod)

In July 2011, Pastor Rod began serving as Lead Pastor at Towson United Methodist Church in Towson, MD.

Rev. Rod Miller grew up in the Philadelphia area.  He received a B.A. in Religion in 1976 from Allegheny College where he served as an assistant to the chaplain, and went on to serve for two years as a US-2 - short term home missionary - in Camden, New Jersey (1976-1978) working to build community relations with children, youth, adults, and older adults.  While in Camden, the call to serve as a pastor became clear to him and he came to Washington, DC to attend Wesley Theological Seminary, graduating in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity degree.  In 1992, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.  The focus of his degree was Congregational Re-Vitalization.

Rev. Rod Miller will be retiring from ministry June 30, 2017.
The Bishop and her cabinet will be announcing a new Lead Pastor for Towson UMC sometime in February!

Rod's direct phone number at church is 410-823-3640 (off Thursdays)

Email Rod at  .

Rod's responsibilities include preaching, worship, administration, pastoral visitation, visioning, and ministry development.

Assistant Pastor

Margery Schammel

Rev. Margery Schammel (Margery)

Margery joined our ministry staff at Towson United Methodist Church on July 1, 2005.

Margery is an ordained Deacon.  

What is a Deacon?  Deacons are "called, set apart, and ordained to a lifetime ministry of Word and service with a special commitment to service that connects the congregation with the needs in the world.  Deacons give leadership in the Church's life: in teaching and proclamation of the Word; in forming and nurturing disciples; in conducting marriages and burying the dead; in the congregation's mission to the world; and in leading the congregation in interpreting the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.  In worship, a Deacon assists the Elders in the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper." (quote taken form The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2004, p. 221)

Margery is full-time, off Saturdays, and can be reached at church at 410-823-2485.

Her email address is 

Margery's responsibilities include Christian education for children and adults, and worship leadership.


Rev. Doug Hollida

Minister of Music & Organist


Doug is available Sunday-Wednesday.

Doug's responsibilities include children, youth, and adult vocal choirs, handbell choirs, worship accompanist, and composer.

Rachel Livingston

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries


We are blessed to have Rachel join our Towson UMC staff on February 1, 2017.  She will be leading our youth (grades 6-12) in Christian education, missions, and fellowship.  She will be developing our young adult ministry program - stay tuned for exciting news from Rachel!

Kim Ayres

Business Manager


Kim is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Kim's responsibilities include financial and office administration and liaison to Finance and Trustees.

Cathy Anderson

Director of Communications
Staff Liaison to Missions


Cathy is available Sunday-Thursday.

Cathy's responsibilities include graphic arts, weekly bulletins & monthly newsletters, webmaster, audio & visuals for worship, liaison to Missions.


Bob Ashby

Assistant Building Superintendent