Ministry Staff

“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust God and God will help you.” Psalm 37:5 At Ashland we are encouraged and supported in commitments by the church staff.  God has brought Ashland a committed staff, who share their faith by turning faith into action! They would love to get to know and serve you. You are welcome to contact them through the church office by calling 410-527-1844 or emailing office@ashlandpc.org.

Shannon Weston, Pastor

Shannon has been Pastor of Ashland since 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Louisville and a Master’s of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Before coming to Ashland Shannon served churches in Kentucky and New York. Pastor Shannon is also a Pastoral Leadership Coach and uses her skills to help the church discern and move God’s vision in our community. Shannon enjoys her time at Ashland joyfully celebrating faith through mission and ministry and collaboratively discerning the will of God for the church. Ideally, “worship is not just about Sunday morning but extends to each part of our lives.” As a worship leader, Shannon focuses on the Word, relating it to contemporary life. With her music degree, she enjoys including music for a cohesive worship theme. She also uses art, photography, and fluidity worship in services. Shannon’s approach to leadership is that “Jesus teaches us that we are better together.” She works as a servant leader, helping others to discern their gifts and empowering them to use these gifts. She strives to ensure every voice is heard and met with a willingness to listen. Shannon has a deep passion for mission and serving others within and outside the church walls. Shannon is known to say, “if we can agree to love God and our neighbor, surely we can figure the rest out!” In addition to her time at the church, Shannon is a co-host for the podcast Pub Theology, the former moderator of the Uptown Ministry Group of Baltimore Presbytery, and blogs regularly for RevGalBlogPals. Pastor Shannon lives in Lutherville with her husband, Derrick, and their children. You can also find Shannon at her blog: pulpitshenanigans.com or email her at pastor @ ashlandpc.org.

Cecil Weber, Office ManagerOffice Manager- Cecil Weber

Cecil (short for Cecilia) became the Office Manager at Ashland in March of 2015.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Cecil attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Mount St. Mary’s University.  Prior to joining the staff at Ashland, she worked for BGE/Constellation Energy for 25+ years and most recently for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. She has sung in church choirs for over 30 years, volunteered as a youth group leader, and chaired the planning committee for children’s liturgies.   Cecil lives in the Parkville/Carney area and is the primary caregiver for her 97-year-old mom. She likes music, cooking, reading, sports (Go Orioles! Go Ravens!).  Cecil can be reached by calling the church office, 410-527-1844 or by e-mail at office@ashlandpc.org

Dylan Naumann, Guitarist

Dylan Naumann joined Ashland as our new Lead Guitarist for the contemporary music team in the summer of 2019.  Dylan is currently a senior at Towson University majoring in Music Performance and Music Composition with a concentration in Jazz Guitar. Dylan also earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from CCBC with a concentration in Music Performance. Dylan is an experienced teacher, journalist, avid hiker, and wholesome human being.

Sheila Slade-Lee, Organist & Music Director

Sheila Slade-Lee is our Organist and Music Director.  Sheila earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Towson University and a Certificate in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.  Sheila has significant experience as a music director and choir director with several local Lutheran, Baptist, and Catholic congregations.   Sheila is also a graduate of The Catholic High School of Baltimore, Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and the Baltimore School of Massage.  She is the mother of a 21-year-old son, a Briard dog, and a rescued cat.  In addition to her love of music, Sheila enjoys gardening, cooking, art, literature, theatre, and international foods. Sheila tells us: “I love music and have been playing in church since the age of 16.  My love of Jesus has kept me serving in the church and I will continue to serve until the day I die, Lord willing.”

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Town Hall Meeting

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Congregational Care, Mission, Session, Staff | Comments Off on Town Hall Meeting

On September 13, 2020 we held a Town Hall Meeting. You can watch the video below or read the report under the video. For more information please reach out to Pastor Shannon Ashland Presbyterian Church COVID-19 Operations UpdateSeptember 2020 The Session has been working hard these last few months to stay on top of the latest news and conditions related to the COVID pandemic. We all agree that it is critically important to keep the congregation apprised of where we are and where we expect to be in the future. We would like nothing more to be able to offer a definitive timeframe for when the life of the congregation can return to something with more semblance of “normalcy”. While our impatience with the pandemic restrictions grow, the realities of our current situation remain unchanged. COVID-19 remains present in our community and new cases are identified within our community every day. We continue to be the body of Christ, caring for one another and worshiping together, although in different ways. Maintaining physical distance and following public health guidance are actions designed to care for one another and our community. Through this physical distancing we are demonstrating our Christian faith by loving God and our neighbor, and protecting persons who are most vulnerable and susceptible to the virus. Nevertheless, the life of the congregation goes on, although it looks different than it ever has. We wanted to make you aware of the various expectations for the remainder of this calendar year. Worshiping in pandemic timesWhile we do not expect to worship in-person as a congregation in the immediate future, we will continue with our remote worship through video. We feel that because of the restrictions of in-person worship such as no singing or communial speaking, no passing of microphones or offering plates, and no passing of the peace or fellowship we can offer a better worship experience through video. We also have the restriction of our physical space being small, with poor cross ventelation, making safe social distancing difficult for any significant number of people. Our online worship videos are reaching over 100 views a week and we have received acolades from members who have long moved away who feel deeply connected to Ashland through these services. We know not everyone can access them and we continue to work on ways to reach those without computer access, such as publishing a sermon each month in the newsletter. Even when we return to in-person worship some day, we will continue to provide online worship. As we said, we do not know when gathering for worship will be possible and these plans can change in either direction as the situation changes. The Session will begin to consider steps of resuming in person worship after Baltimore County enters Phase 5 of the “Maryland COVID-19 Recovery Plan.” The State of Maryland uses the following benchmarks for entering “Phase 5”: New COVID cases and deaths continue to decrease for an additional period of time.The number of active cases reaches a point where infection from other members of the community is less common.Positivity rates fall much lower than earlier phases with widespread testing.New cases continue to fall with rapid case investigation, contact tracing, and containment strategies . Realistically, we do not expect our region to enter...

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