Staff & Leadership

Pastor – Rev. Jessica M. Townsley

The Rev. Jessica M. Townsley is our settled pastor. She most recently served as UCC pastor of Mt. Tabor UCC and Lutheran Church in Rocky Ridge, MD (Jan 2021-May 2021) and Youth Minister at Grace UCC of Frederick (Aug 2018-May 2021). Prior to that, she was pastor of Mt. Pleasant Reformed UCC in Frederick (2017-2021), Grief Support Volunteer at COVID Grief Network (2020), Chaplain intern with Homewood at Frederick (2019), Minister of Communications at Faith UCC in Little Rock, AR (2015-2017), and digital minister at The Bridge UMC, Elizabethtown, PA (2008-2010). Pastor Jessica also serves on the Catoctin Association Council of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ in the role of member-at-large.

Pastor Jessica graduated with a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary (May 2020) and Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology from Penn State University (Dec. 2010). In her former life, she worked as an operations manager, substitute teacher, and softball and lacrosse coach, among other assorted roles.

Pastor Jessica is a writer and communicator at heart. Her passion for building bridges between people prompted her to create, co-organize, and lead Grace UCC’s First Interfaith Forum. Throughout her life, a love for all people has drawn her to connect across lines of difference, putting that passion to work in everything she does.

Though she grew up in Elizabethtown, PA, she has maintained roots in her birth state of Maryland all her life. Her most important role is as mom to two high-spirited sons, Weston and Isaac, who love to hike, ski, and create art and music. She is happily engaged to her partner of three years, Donna, a writer and editor currently residing in Plymouth, UK. In her spare time, Pastor Jessica loves writing, baking, watching movies, morning walks, and traveling, among many other things.

 

Director of Music Ministry – Cammeron Williams

At a young age, Cammeron was introduced to music.  Her grandmother gave her a Charlie Brown piano.  The piano inspired her to play and sing in a children’s choir.  As she matured, she would study music throughout her primary education.  During Cammeron’s high school and college years, she has written music and directed choirs.  Also, she has sung for competitions, concerts and before a Grammy Award winner, Yolanda Adams. Cammeron M. Williams is a Baltimore native, a mother, a choir director, a musician and a teacher.  She is a firm believer of humility, love and putting trust in God and not in man.  Her personal and professional backgrounds have an array of cultural influences that has helped her to adapt, accept and appreciate similarities and differences in people.

Cammeron will soon be a graduate of Morgan State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance.  With her education and experiences, her intentions are to teach private music lessons and to work within a church.

Cammeron believes in the scripture that “faith without works is dead.”  Having faith in God will open doors, to developed new relationships, to have an open mind, to have love and to show love despite of differences and to use the talents and gifts that God’s has  given us to embrace one another.  As her faith continues to build, she appreciates the opportunity that Trinity United Church of Christ accepted her as the new Director of Music Ministry.

 

Secretary – Diane AbertsSecretary - Diane Aberts

Diane has lived in Carroll County most of her life. After graduating from North Carroll High School in 1967, she went to work for C & P Telephone Co., which became Bell Atlantic and finally Verizon when she retired in 2003. Diane came to work for Trinity in 2004. Diane has two beautiful daughters Shannon and Stacey and five awesome grandchildren.