Pastor Amy Dows
Rev. Dr. Amy Dows has been an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ since 2005 and has previously served churches in the Penn Central Conference. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry, both from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Amy also works part-time as a mental health counselor.
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.
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.
Tammie Shumaker works closely with the pastor, other staff, and 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.