The Rev. Meredith Kefauver Olsen – Rector
Mother Meredith received the B.M. degree in 1998 from Birmingham-Southern College, the M.Div. from Emory University in 2002 and the S.T.M. in Liturgics from General Theological Seminary, NYC in 2005. Upon graduation Mother Meredith was ordained in June 2005 in Atlanta, GA. She has served churches in Ardmore and Wayne, PA the diocese of Atlanta, a number of churches in the Diocese of Maryland and most recently served as a chaplain at the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, MD. Mother Meredith’s interests include the integration of liturgy, music and theology, Christian formation & education, pastoral care and stewardship & sustainable living. When not in church Mother Meredith enjoys competing in triathlon, running and cycling races. She is a member of the Howard County Striders and races for the 90+ cycling team. She also enjoys cooking/baking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Music Director & Organist – Julia Colonna
Julia Colonna was born in Baltimore, Maryland of immigrant Italian parents in 1933. She attended schools in Baltimore City, including Eastern High School with its special music program of 2 music periods per day. Julia then went to Peabody Preparatory and Conservatory of Music with a major in viola. She married and had 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. A second marriage to Richard Thomas, in 1971, pooled two families making for a home with 7 children. Julia sang professionally at Catonsville United Methodist Church, in Ellicott City, and with the Bach Society and St. Charles Chorale plus has taught piano classes and private students. In 1973, she studied piano tuning and repair which she worked at until 1995. She began playing the organ in 1975 when she acquired a Moller Pipe organ for her home. She then played and directed choirs at Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, Sudbrook United Methodist Church, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Sykesville, Maryland, St. James Episcopal Church in Mt. Airy, Maryland, and Grace Episcopal in New Market, Maryland.
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