Eastport United Methodist Church
Friday, May 24, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Our Pastor

Rev. Michelle Thorne Mejia was raised in the United Methodist Church. Her father,
Rev. Alan D. Thorne, is a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Conference. 
Michelle graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. in Hispanic Studies and History from The College of William and Mary. During those four years Michelle served in various leadership positions at the Wesley Foundation and spent the summers working with different United Methodist camps and mission projects. Upon graduation, Michelle served for a year as an intern at Ginghamsburg UMC in Tipp City, Ohio. Upon further discernment of her call to ministry, Michelle pursued her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary, graduating summa cum laude in May 2011. During her time in seminary, Michelle served as the Assistant Pastor at Emmanuel UMC in Beltsville, MD and as the Grassroots Coordinator of Immigration Reform for the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. 
Michelle also spent a quadrennium on the Board of Directors for the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. After graduating seminary Michelle accepted an appointment in the Baltimore Washington Conference at Community UMC in Maryland City. Since she began serving as pastor of this congregation in July 2011, Community UMC has received new friends and members, begun an Adult ESOL program for their Latina neighbors, started a youth group, celebrated their 50th anniversary of ministry in Maryland City, deepened their relationship with Maryland City Elementary School, and started homeless ministries which include serving the tent city near their church and participating in the Laurel Winter Shelter. 
Currently, Michelle is a Provisional Elder in the Virginia Conference (serving on loan in the BWC) and will apply for ordination in the fall of 2014. In her sabbath time, Michelle enjoys dancing, cooking, photography, yoga, traveling, reading, writing, and hiking. Michelle recently married her best friend and fellow United Methodist pastor, Rev. Daniel Mejia on June 29, 2013.