Our Leadership

Pastor Amy


Rev. Dr. Amy Dows has been an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ since 2005 and has served churches in the Penn Central Conference. She received a Master of Divinity in 2005 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2012, both from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Amy also received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in 2015 and is currently working part-time as a mental health counselor.

Amy grew up in central Pennsylvania, and, after living in New Jersey for ten years following college, she returned to the Harrisburg area. She lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joseph. She has a son who lives in Laurel, Maryland, and a daughter who will begin her senior year of college this fall.

Amy’s doctoral focus was in disability ministry, and she was influenced by her experience of parenting a child with special needs. Mission work is very important to Amy, and she has led and joined mission trips to Maine, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland. Amy enjoys reading, painting, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family and her dogs. She looks forward to getting to know this community of faith and working together to do God’s work in the world.

Glade Staff

Director of Music and Organist
Dr. William (Bill) D. Powell, III, directs and oversees Glade’s music program. He plays organ and piano for weekly Sunday morning worship services, special services, and when available, plays for weddings and memorial services. Bill directs the Senior Choir and the Glade Tower Hand Bell Choir, holds rehearsals, and works with volunteer leaders of the youth music program. Bill plays all types of music—classical organ, gospel and blues on piano, and modern contemporary songs.

A native of Walkersville, Bill is a lifetime member of Glade UCC. After graduating from Walkersville High School, he received his B.A. degree in psychology at Hood College in Frederick, his M.A. degree in Church Music at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and his doctorate of music degree from Shenandoah.

In addition to serving at Glade, Bill is organist at St Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor Catholic Church in Frederick, assistant organist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick, and adjunct instructor of piano at Hood College.

Church Administrator
Tammie Shumaker works closely with the pastor and other staff, as well as the volunteers, to ensure that things run smoothly. She is responsible for handling most of the administrative work for the church office. Tammie is also the initial point of contact for memorial contributions, use of the facilities, or to put others in touch with the appropriate parties within Glade who may be of further assistance.

Church Custodian
Isure Escalante-Carballea keeps all areas of the church clean and well maintained.

Our History

Glade Church was founded in 1750 by Rev. Michael Schlatter, a German Reformed pastor. The original church was located on the outskirts of Walkersville (1750 to 1896) and then moved to Fulton Avenue (1896 to present).

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Rev. Philip Curran | Pastor

Since 1750, we have been listening to God’s invitation that calls us to make life gentle for all of God’s people. We respect one another’s differences, value diversity, and share God’s love with our neighbors near and far.