Meet Our Team

Our
Pastors

The pastors of the Mission Central Parish provide the overall leadership within our eleven churches. They care for the pastoral needs, administration, programming, and mission outreach planning. They also serve as the regular worship leaders at Fallston UMC. Ryan joins our pastoral team part time and can be found on Sunday mornings at all of our MCP churches.

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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.

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Rev. Danny Breidenbaugh

Associate Pastor

PastorDanny@mcparish.org

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!

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Rev. Diane Crider

Pastor of Visitation

Criderdaw57@gmail.com

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Pastor Ryan Wiggins

Pastor of Missional Ministries

PastorRyan@mcparish.org

Ryan is pursuing an MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary and is a candidate for ordination in the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

 

He is passionate about our Wesleyan mission of creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and is excited for the ways that the MCP empowers our local churches to pursue ministries of justice in our communities.

     Ryan holds an B.A. in History from UMBC. A lifelong Marylander, he lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Niki, and their three children.

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.

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!

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Rev. Steven Cochran

Steven is a retired elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, having served and been a part of several of our MCP churches. He also works as a counselor.

He has three grandchildren and is enjoying retirement with his wife on the Eastern Shore.

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Rev. Francie Dailey

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 being an active parishioner at Clynmalira UMC, where her husband John has served as their Pastor for ten years.

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Jordan Dennis

Jordan Dennis is a member at Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, MD. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. He worked in radio as a board operator for seven years, and then spent another seven years working in background investigations for the Department of the Army. Currently, Jordan works as a technical writer.

 

In his free time, Jordan enjoys playing ukulele and guitar. He just recently started weight lifting and dabbles in disc golf. He enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy, and plays tabletop role playing games. Jordan lives with his wife, Jackie, two utterly terrifying cats and a snuggle puddle of a dog.

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Rev. Dr. Jim Ditto

     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.

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Minister Rutha Eakin

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

Minister Eakin and her husband went on a sabbatical from their previous church, 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.

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Pastor Stephen Gatitu

Stephen was born and raised in Kenya; East Africa. He came to faith in Jesus through the preaching from (John 3:16). He is married to Grace and blessed with Three young beautiful girls and one son.

 

Gatitu is a graduate of Pwani Bible Institute - Diploma in Bible and Pastoral ministries, Bachelor of Theology: World Missions College V.A. and currently an M.Div. Student at World Missions College, Fairfax, VA.

 

Stephen was ordained and has been in the ministry as a youth Pastor, High School Board member, Missions Coordinator, Student Chaplain in a girls High School and as the Lead Pastor of a vibrant growing church before moving to the USA for further training and equipping for the ministry of loving God and serving him with and through his people.

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Pastor Ron Gompf

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.

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Pastor Paul Krebs
 

Paul has been a member of Salem UMC, Upper Falls for the past 28 years and has pastored at the Deer Creek Charge for the past four years before joining MPC this past July.

 

Paul and his wife, Amy, currently live in Kingsville, Baltimore County.

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Annabel Lusardi

Annabel has been a member at Fallston UMC for the last 22 years and a full time employee of the Mid Atlantic Foundation of the UMC. The foundation does investment of funds for local churches and stewardship education. 

 

Annabel is a certified coach for laity and clergy through the Financial Leadership Academy. Prior to her work with the Foundation, Annabel was Director of education and coordinator of Discipleship ministries at Fallston, worked for a nonprofit raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   

 

She and her husband Tom have three grown children. She sings in the praise band at Fallston and works as a youth leader.

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Laurel McNeal
Seminary Intern

 

Laurel is currently pursuing an MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is excited about joining the Mission Central Parish. She is looking forward to getting to know and learn from the people in the MCP.

 

Laurel has a B.S. in Psychology from Towson University. She lives in Middle River and has two dogs. Over the past few years, she has worked at Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

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Rev. Betty Megill

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.

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Rev. Perry Miller

Raised and educated in Alabama and South Carolina, Perry choose seminary in Massachusetts. Along the way he worked in civil engineering, city planning, architecture, and home remodeling, and was employed as a dishwasher, truck driver, motel manager, and road repair man.

 

Perry's primary love is his family, where his three children have given him 10 grandchildren which added to his wife’s three and 6 more grandchildren make reunions tough to schedule.  From early on his efforts have been dedicated to helping the church become more inclusive.

 

Perry's most rewarding experiences continue to revolve around mission trips, ecumenism,church growth and interfaith understanding. He continues to believe that the church is called to be a sign, instrument, and foretaste of God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven. For him the prophet’s call to “ do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God “ remains a worthy life’s calling.

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Rev. Barbara Parnell

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.