Epworth United Methodist Church
600 Warren Road
Cockeysville MD, 21030
Originally from Ohio, I moved to Washington, DC to go to seminary (Wesley!) and pursue my call to ministry. From working with day laborers in my first appointment at Grace UMC in Gaithersburg, MD to building a food recovery program and a vibrant multi-ethnic church in Washington, DC, I find social justice work inextricably tied to our call to follow Christ. I am a pastor rather than a non-profit director, however, because the only way I can do this work, and lead others in it, is through my faith. It is only because of God working in me, with me, through me, and in spite of me, that I have the resiliency and hope discipleship requires. In the words of a parishioner at my last appointment, we come to church so that when the world tears down what we’ve built, we can find the energy to build again.
I am delighted to serve as Epworth’s lead pastor and cannot wait to discover what God has in store for us. We are a church with a big heart, and we live that out through our commitments to love God, love others, and make disciples.
Life is messy, but we are shining our light for Christ, and if you’re looking for a place that matches faith to all life throws our way with grace, honesty, and playfulness, we are your family, so get yourself home!
Bill is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years’ experience in Youth Ministry and more than 11 years’ experience in Young Adult Ministry. Epworth is the 4th church that Bill has served, in addition to having been the District Youth Coordinator for the Baltimore North District, and the past coordinator of Baltimore Washington Conferences ROCK Retreat alongside his wife Pam. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master’s Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before going into ministry Bill served as a Boatswains Mate in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and taught Middle School Social Studies for 6 years in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Bill is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and has served here at Epworth since 2002 as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. In addition, Bill is the husband of Pam Jones who teaches Middle High Sunday School and directs the Kid Shout Children’s Choir, and the father of Nathan and Joelle. Email Rev. Bill Jones
Elaine is fairly new to the Epworth church family. She started in October of 2014 as the choir director and is looking forward to the opportunity to worship through music with all types of musicians, young and old(er), confident or shy.
She was the director of music at Pine Grove, Rayville UMC in the far north of Baltimore County for the past 19 years. She has been one of the conductors for the annual Christmas cantata performed by the Baltimore North Cluster of Churches for 18 years. This choir is made up of singers from the community and from many of the small churches in the area and usually has between 40-60 singers. She is also an active member of the Cluster Liturgical Dance Choir.
Elaine has a degree in Choral Education from Michigan State University where she met her husband, John. She taught music in the public schools in Michigan for several years and now is a music substitute in northern Baltimore County. She also sings in the Choral Society at Towson University. John and Elaine have three children.
Epworth has a very active music program with an adult choir, a children's choir, and a handbell choir. There are also many opportunities for soloists to perform. Elaine is very happy to be here and to share the joy of music with you. After all..."those who sing, pray twice". Email Elaine Gradowski