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Meet Our Team

Our Pastors

The pastors of the Mission Central Parish provide the overall leadership within our seven churches. They care for the pastoral needs, administration, programming, and mission outreach planning. They also serve as the regular worship leaders at Fallston UMC.

Rev. Dr. Karin Walker

Rev. Dr. Karin Walker is the senior pastor of Fallston United Methodist Church and the Mission Central Parish.  She has served Fallston for the past seven years and helped the congregation to grow.  Her perspective is that the outward mindset is a key to church growth and it aligns us with the gospel of Christ.  When we serve the least, the last, the lost, we become more and more like Jesus.  Karin coaches Cross Country and Track at Fallston High School.  She is married to Mike and has two children—Joshua who is married to Judi, and Marissa. Karin enjoys training for triathlons, reading, and gardening.

Rev. Danny Breidenbaugh

Rev. Danny Breidenbaugh is an elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. He received his Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) and a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Towson University. He has previously served churches in Bunker Hill, WV and Truxton/Homer, NY. He has also previously served as a church music director. Danny's wife, Anastasia, is a veterinarian at Perry Hall Animal Hospital. They enjoy playing board games, camping, and spending time with their many pets!

OUR Speakers

The Mission Central Parish is blessed to have a wide range of retired clergy, lay pastors, and lay speakers who serve as the Sunday Morning speakers at our churches. They each have a heart for preaching and leading worship!

Minister Rutha Eakin

Smith's Chapel

Minister Rutha Eakin is a Greenville, North Carolina native, however at a very young age she moved to Baltimore, Maryland. Presently she is a resident of Harford County, Maryland.

 

Minister Eakin received the Lord as her Savior at the age of 11 and has always strived to please and serve Him in her daily walk. Her spiritual growth began at Fountain Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dennis Barrow.

 

Minister Eakin is married to her life partner, Minister Fred G. Eakin Jr. and God has blessed this loving union with four incredible children and six adorable grandchildren.

 

In 1989, she and her family became members of Southern Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Dr. John D. Torbit Jr.

There Minister Eakin served as Leader of the Youth Ministry, Director of the Youth and Combined Choirs, President of the Trustee Board, and developed a Christian Outreach Drama Ministry.

 

In 1996, she was led to move her membership to First Mount Olive FWB Church in Baltimore, Maryland under the anointed leadership of Bishop Oscar E. Brown, and in 1999 she was ordained a Deacon, furthering her dedication and service to God.

 

It was while at First Mt. Olive Minister Eakin received and accepted her calling to public ministry and after several years of extensive training and study of God’s Word; she was licensed to preach the Gospel in May, 2002.

 

Both Minister Eakin and her husband, Minister Fred G. Eakin, Jr. went on a sabbatical from First Mount Olive FWB Church in 2017 to assist in ministry under The Rev. Marlon B. Tilghman, Pastor of Ames United Methodist Church in Bel Air Maryland. The ministry included but not limited to; preaching; teaching and dramatic productions. They became a permanent part of the Ames UMC Family 2018.

 

But Minister Eakin just wants you to know, before anything else, she is a child of the living God and she loves the Word of God, and the People of God. She also seeks to have a more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Rev. Diane Crider

Frames Memorial, Texas

Rev. Diane Crider last served  Hunt’s  Memorial  United Methodist  Church  in Riderwood from which she retired.

 Diane is a graduate of UMBC and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.  She was ordained an elder in 1982 and served four churches in the Baltimore Washington Conference.

 Since retiring from full-time ministry, Diane served as one of the pastors of the Protestant Faith Community at Oak Crest Village in Parkville for four years, served as a part-time short term interim pastor in five  United Methodist churches, and substitutes for vacationing clergy.

 She and her husband reside in Timonium and relish time with family, traveling, gardening, and golfing.

Rev. Francie Dailey

Frames Memorial

Having served churches and two children's residential treatment centers for over 33 years of ministry, Francie Dailey retired from fulltime ministry two years ago. Being half of a clergy couple she is enjoying bring an active parishioner at Clynmalira UMC, where her husband John has served as their Pastor for ten years.

Rev. Dr. Jim Ditto

Cranberry, Presbury,

Smith's Chapel

     Jim ‘semi-retired’ in 2010 after serving for forty-two years in parish ministry, the final twenty-two at Fallston UMC. During this time, he spent five years as adjunct-faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary and two summers working and studying in England(Sheffield & Bristol) while participating in ministerial exchanges.
 

     After retirement from full-time ministry, Jim worked two and one-half years for the Baltimore-Washington Conference(UMC) as a ‘Guide’ in the Baltimore Region. Following this, he worked(p/t) as a Small Group Facilitator/Coach in both the ‘Financial Leadership Academy’ and the ‘Academy of Church Finances’ for the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation.
 

     Jim received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland, a M.L.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, and both the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Rev. Darryl Gill

Poplar Grove, Texas

  Darryl is happily married to his beloved wife - Wiffy.

His son is married but the joy of their lives is their two grandchildren, Jason and Lilly.
  He was ordained in 1972 into the Baltimore-Washington Conference. In his ministry, there has been a variety of appointment church settings; including large and small, rural and inner city, towns and cooperative parishes. He has enjoyed his ministry in each of these unique appointments.

Ron Gompf

Frames Memorial

Ron was raised in the Methodist Church (Arnolia and Towson).  After a period of “church inactivity” he returned to church after the birth of his daughter and has served in various positions. He was appointed to serve as Pastor of Wiseburg UMC in 2012 and served there through June of 2018.

 

This was a “second career.  Prior to that he was in the mental health field and was/is a Sociology Professor.

 

He and his wife, Norma, reside in Glen Arm, Md.

Rev. Betty Megill

Cranberry, Presbury

Betty is a child of God, a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and retired pastor. She is an Ordained Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. She was an interpreter for the hearing impaired for 10 years when God called her into ministry during her participation in the 34-week Disciple Bible Study. She pastored 5 churches in her 22 years in ministry, two of her appointments in two-point charges.

 

Betty learned a great deal from the congregations she served and hopes they also learned from her. She was encouraged by how they lived out their faith especially during difficult times. In 2014, she and her husband, Glenn, moved from New Jersey to Perryville, Maryland to be closer to their daughter, Christy, her husband, Binu, and two beautiful grand-daughters, Hannah and Abby.

Rev. Barbara Parnell

Poplar Grove

Barbara is an elder in the California-Pacific Conference where she was ordained after serving almost 20 years as Music/Education Director at various churches.  After ordination she served as Pastor in two churches in the San Diego area, the last one for 9 years. After their move to the east coast she served a church in Alexandria.  Moving to Charlottesville in 2013 and then Baltimore area, Barbara has been on family leave in order to help with the care of grandsons. Although not appointed to a church she has served churches in those areas by preaching, leading worship, doing pastoral care, and helping in other areas needed.


Barbara has a B.A. in Music from San Diego State University and an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Ryan Wiggins

Smith's Chapel

     Ryan is excited to join the Mission Central Parish both as part of the preaching team and as a member of Cranberry UMC. He is currently pursuing an MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary and hopes to enter the ordination candidacy process in the near future. He is passionate about our Wesleyan mission of creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

     Ryan holds an M.A. in History from UMBC. A lifelong Marylander, Ryan lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Niki, and their three children. In addition to spending time with family and seminary studies, he works full time in training for a large tech company and until recently also served as adjunct faculty at Cecil College.

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