Elizabeth D. McLean – Pastor

A graduate of Princeton University, Emory University School of Law and Princeton Theological Seminary, Elizabeth worked as an environmental lawyer for five years in Cleveland, Ohio before entering seminary to become a minister. After being ordained in 2000, she served the First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, Ohio and Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, MD, before being called to pastor Prince of Peace. Elizabeth’s sense of call is to be an advocate for the Lord, which she strives to do by preaching the good news of God’s love for all people, and working for justice, reconciliation and peace. She is the author of God in the Here and Now (available on Amazon.com) and a thematic curriculum on the Old Testament Prophets called “Prophets: A Call for Change, A Promise of Hope.” In addition to serving as Prince of Peace’s pastor, Elizabeth is also passionate about her son Nathaniel. Email me.

Dorothy LaPenta – Parish Associate

Dottie is currently an Honorably Retired Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Baltimore Presbytery.  Most recently, Dottie served for 13 years as pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural congregation in Mitchellville, MD.  She is a second career pastor having worked for 23 years as a registered nurse before attending and graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Baltimore Presbytery ordained her in 2002.  She worked at First Presbyterian of Annapolis as the Director of Christian Education.  Within the National Capital Presbytery, Dottie was on the Planning and Evaluation Committee and also served on the Commission on the Preparation for Ministry, serving two years as chair.  She finds the connectional, relational aspect of the PC(USA) to be a great blessing, and is very honored to be serving Christ’s Church with such devoted and gifted colleagues and friends.

Suzann Barthold – Music Director

Suzann, a native of Bethlehem PA, has been actively involved in church music since a teenager, as a choir member and accompanist for Sunday School and Bible School. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music education she has taught in both public and private schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. As Music Director at Prince of Peace she oversees the many musical activities of both adult and children’s choir, bells and instruments. For the past 15 years yet another opportunity for witness and fellowship has been The Prince of Peace Ecumenical Touring Choir which includes singers from other churches in the community. How wonderful to be able to praise God through music in the company of angel choirs, all of our gifted musicians. Email me.

Betsy Lord – Assistant Organist

Betsy and her husband Dave moved to Maryland in 2016 from Virginia. She is very happy to have found a new church home at Prince of Peace, working with Suzanne to lead the congregation’s music. Betsy grew up in Presbyterian churches in New York and Connecticut, singing in choirs and a folk group along the way. She enjoyed a long career as an elementary music teacher in Virginia, while also playing organ in Lutheran and Presbyterian churches. Now a retired teacher, she enjoys spending time with two grandchildren, helping to lead the Annapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and doing some quilting, yoga, and swimming. She and Dave also sing in the Chesapeake Chorale.

Kyera Hooks – Nursery Attendant/Teacher

Kyera is a Counselor and Service Coordinator.  Kyera grew up in Upstate New York, and comes from a Christian-based spiritual background.  She has over eight years of experience in working with a diverse population of students in school settings, three years as a therapist in working with children and families, and over ten years of an array of volunteer experiences.  Kyera enjoys working with children, and helps them reach their dreams.  “Empowering one individual at a time, and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world through the lead of God and faith,” is what Kyera lives by throughout her daily life.  In her spare time, Kyera enjoys motivational speaking, reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.  Email me.

Susan Carmichael-Kerry – Office Administrator

Susie, a native of Jeannette, PA, graduated with her doctorate in flute performance from Shenandoah University and maintains a private flute studio in Woodbine and Crofton, MD. She also holds a bachelors degree in Biology from Millersville University and worked for environmental nonprofits as a grassroots organizer prior to pursuing music. Having been raised in a Catholic household, Susie has always known God’s love and is inspired to share pastoral care with all who walk through Prince of Peace’s doors, always with a warm smile and immense compassion. In her spare time, Susie enjoys crafting, gardening, historical reenactments, and spending time with her husband Steve, daughter Leanna, stepdaughter Caroline, and three cats—Marshmallow, Furr Elise, and Troubles. Email me.

Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (and later, as needed)

Any Lindberg – Office Assistant

Amy Lindberg has a B.A. in English from Millersville University of PA and a teaching degree from Bowie State University. She and her husband are the contemporary worship leaders at First Baptist Church, and she also works part-time as an editor.

Wednesdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and as a substitute for Office Administrator, Susan Carmichael-Kerry.

Barb Gross – Volunteer Office Assistant

Barb is a “born and bred” Presbyterian!  She grew up in Fostoria, Ohio, and attended Muskingum College, a Presbyterian liberal arts school in central Ohio.  Her 33 year career in the education field included classroom teaching, small group instruction, staff development, program development and administration.  Working in the church office when an extra hand is needed helps her fulfill one of the ways she hears God’s call to joyfully meet the needs of the congregation,  leaving time for volunteering in other ways at Prince of Peace and the Crofton Christian Caring Council’s food pantry, located at nearby St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.