Clergy and Staff
Pastor, Rev. Mary Kay Totty
Since July 2009, Dr. Totty has served as Dumbarton's appointed pastor. Her passions for ministry include creative worship design, preaching, social justice advocacy, and community-building. She has been found serving communion on the steps of the Supreme Court in celebration of the landmark decision in favor of marriage equality, blessing bicycles along the C&O Canal, marching for an end to gun violence, in costume for the intergenerational Halloween party, leading progressive theology studies, and singing with the Dumbarton choir. Mary Kay believes that God's steadfast, abiding presence surrounds each and everyone; and in each moment God genlty lures us toward words and actions which help build the kin-dom of God.
Dr. Totty earned her Doctorate of Ministry in Art and Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2015; her Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University in 1989l and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and English Literature at Louisiana State University in 1985. For her doctoral project, Mary Kay created a study/worship/sermon series based on T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets." She led the series at Dumbarton and recruited three colleagues to lead the series in their churches.
Mary Kay enjoys dinner parties, good coffee with friends, hanging out with her dog, reading, museums, and creativity. She delights in making art from homemade cards to watercolor paintings, from collage and assemblage pieces to upcycled vintage jewelry that she embellishes with tatting. Mary Kay really does believe that the world needs more lace.
Deacon, Rev. Doris Warrell
Rev. Doris Warrell is an ordained deacon in full-connection in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the UMC. In her secondary appointment at DUMC, Doris serves the congregation by leading small group activities, occasional preaching and other activities.
Deacon, Rev. Angela Maves
Angela is an ordained deacon in service with Dumbarton UMC as her secondary appointment. Her primary ministry is as a chaplain, being present with people from all walks of life at times of illness and crisis. She is a graduate of Wesley Seminary. She values theological discussion, community life, and Native American ministry. Angela is a lifelong Methodist who was born and raised in England, so her roots are in British Methodism.
Director of Music Ministry, A.J. Welch
A.J. is excited to be joining the team at Dumbarton United Methodist Church! In addition to serving as Director of Music Ministries at Dumbarton, A.J. is an active pianist and conductor in the Washington D.C. area.
As a performer, he has played at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the U.S. Congress and at numerous area embassies and universities. He is the resident keyboard artist with the Georgetown Chorale, conducts a Chevy Chase-based singing group, and teaches piano lessons both in a private studio and at the Wolf Trap Education Center.
He is pursuing a master's degree in music at the University of Maryland. Away from the performing arts, Andrew enjoys reading, baseball and the outdoors.
Melany describes herself as a "genetic United Methodist" from Illinois farming communities. She came to Washington DC to attend seminary years ago and just stayed. Her experience includes 16 years as a Director of Christian Education in a suburban Virginia congregation and office manager in a DC non-profit. She is thrilled to be the "glue" that holds together the DUMC office. Her duties include :
- Coordinating use of the building
- Producing the weekly worship bulletins
- Producing the congregational directory
- And many "other duties" too numerous to mention.
Have a question about how the church works? Ask Melany.
Youth and Children's Minister, Yvonne Agduyeng
As your Youth & Children's Minister, I am excited I am work with and spend time with the Dumbarton community! You're probably wondering, "Who is this Yvonne?" Well, I was born in the Philippines and immigrated with my family to Seattle, WA when I was six years old. I grew up attending Seattle First UMC and participating in an American-Filipino youth camp called Christmas Institute as a camper and then a counselor throughout college. Since graduating, I have continued to be a part of the Christmas Institute as the Camp Director !
I am currently finishing my final year as a student at Wesley Theological Seminary and will graduate in May 2016 with a Master of Divinity degree. I am also an intern at the General Board of Church and Society. I hail from the land of coffee, so yes, you will most likely see me with coffee in one hand most Sunday mornings. I love to play tennis and am always looking for a hitting partner, so let me know if you play! If I haven't met you yet, please don't hesitate to say hello!