Lead Pastor: Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Balderas
The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Balderas is originally from Mexico, with 26 years of pastoral experience, 10 in Mexico, and 16 in this country. His degrees include a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministries. His specialty has been serving in Multicultural congregations in the Washington, DC. area. He is married to Ruth Wong de Balderas, and is the father of Ismael Balderas Wong and Magdelena Rojas. He is the Grandfather of Diana Rojas. He has been Lead Pastor of Millian Memorial United Methodist Church since July, 2013.
Church Administrator: Linda Canelas
Originally from Bolivia, Linda Canelas has been Millian Church's Office Administrator since December 2012. In addition to handling all of Millian's office responsibilities, Linda, along with Pastor Braulio Torres head up the translation team who offer live translations of sermons into Spanish for the English/Spanish services. In her spare time, Linda enjoys classical music, reading, and crocheting. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband, and she has two daughters and a son.
Director of Music/Organist: Mark W. Frazier
Mark Frazier has been the Director of Music Ministries at Millian Methodist Church, Rockville, MD since January of 2013. He directs the Chancel and Handbell Choirs, oversees the Children's Music Ministry, and works with the Praise Music Leader. Having grown up in the home of a church musician, he sees music as being an essential part of the fabric of life. With a musical background which includes diverse experiences from Music Theater to Broadway to Choral to Organ Literature, Mark attempts to bring all of these difference experiences to bear in the life of Millian Church. His music program seeks to be one which encourages everyone to participate, regardless of musical background. It seeks to allow music to speak from the heart so that our whole beings may be involved in responding to the God of love and life. He encourages everyone to take part in this essential human expression of faith.
Mark has served as Director of Music Ministry in churches in North Carolina, Iowa Ohio Virginia, and New Hampshire. In Ohio, he had the rare privilege of being called upon to accompany Metropolitan Opera Singer Kathleen Battle in a program for the public schools of Scioto County, Ohio. In the 1990's, he was included as one of the five "government approved" private contract organists for Weddings and funerals at the Fort Myer Army Base in Arlington, VA. He has served as aural programmer and synthesist for diverse theatrical groups and for the Washington Vocal Consortium.
Director of the Pre-school - Emma Hintz
Emma Hintz is a former Millian Methodist Preschool parent and was the Pre-K teacher this past year. Before moving to Rockville with her husband Eric, and sons Patrick and Gavin; Emma taught kindergarten for several years in inner-city public schools in both Philadelphia, PA and South San Francisco, CA. She has a Bachelors degree in Organizational Communication, California and Pennsylvania State teaching credentials as well as the Maryland Early Childhood Education Certification. Emma was instrumental in creating the new preschool website and has many creative ideas for helping the school to grow and flourish. She is eager to welcome families to the school and continue the warm and nurturing Millian Preschool traditions.
Maintenance Supervisor- Maurice Ayers
Maurice has been the head of Millian Maintenance since 2012. He brings over 20 years of experience in many different aspects of building service to the church. He loves baseball and basketball in his leisure time.