Rev. Jen Eschliman has served as the pastor at Reisterstown United Methodist Church since July 2020. She loves helping people find a home in the church, which she believes is God’s instrument for transforming the world. She is also passionate about helping people discover their identity as beloved children of God and the freedom that comes from knowing that they are enough because God’s grace is more than enough.
Pastor Jen is a graduate of Messiah College and Duke Divinity School. Following seminary, she worked at Duke’s Center for Reconciliation, where she helped facilitate programs that allowed church leaders and students to learn from practitioners of peace from around the globe. Prior to being appointed to Reisterstown UMC, she served for 10 years as the Pastor for Worship at Glen Mar UMC in Ellicott City, where she enjoyed using her gifts to plan and lead creative worship, preach, teach, and guide Glen Mar’s communications ministry.
Pastor Jen is married to Dan, who serves as the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Wesley Freedom UMC in Eldersburg. Together they are parents to Amelie, born in 2015, and Bennett, born in 2017 - who bring them immeasurable joy and also keep them on their toes.
In her free time, Pastor Jen enjoys traveling, music, DIY projects, listening to audiobooks, and introducing her kids to new experiences. She finds that she connects best with God through music (anything from Taizé to hymns to modern worship), in nature, and in community with others.
Robine joined Reisterstown United Methodist Church on March 1, 2014 after serving as Office Administrator for four different churches and a short term as Office Manager with Child Evangelism Fellowship and volunteer staff with Crossroads Community Church, and just prior to coming to RUMC was grandma daycare for her beloved grandson, Brendyn. Along with her many responsibilities with each of these ministries, Robine and her husband, Charles, have served as foster parents for over 25 years with many children walking through their home and their hearts.
Robine was born in Adelphi Maryland but from the time she was five until she graduated from high school grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Bath, New York. Some of her hobbies include sewing, design and creating worship banners, crafting with all different types of mediums such as: painting, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, gardening and her newest love, horses.
Robine lives in Carroll County Maryland with her husband Charles (Charlie) and their friend Julie and their 2 cats, Gizzy and Jenny.
Susan grew up in Halethorpe, MD and was actively involved at a Lutheran Church serving as the volunteer Sr. High youth leader. She also volunteered with the Minneapolis based organization, Youth Encounter. Through this ministry she participated in youth conferences and music ministry events aimed at strengthening youth’s relationship to Christ “in their way”. She attended Catonsville Community College (CCBC) with a major in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and has a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Before being called to ministry she spent her professional career working in the Recreation and Parks field with Howard County Recreation and Parks Department, The City of Westminster, and nursing and rehab facilities. Her focus has been working with Youth, Senior Adults, Children and Adults with disabilities, Marketing and Special Event Management.
Susan lives in Carroll County with her husband and their 2 daughters. When asked about the “FUN STUFF” in life she talks about her love of playing with her kids, sitting on a beach with her family, visiting with her high school girlfriends, talking history, painting, being creative, and spending quiet time with God!
Susan stated that “Twenty years in Youth Ministry as a volunteer and paid staff have been a JOY!” From beginning, as a Vacation Bible School teacher as a teenager, through her early years as a Youth Group Leader, and Director of Youth Ministries, she has loved working with the Sunday school teachers, children, youth and parents. “They have probably taught me more than I could ever hope to impart to them.”
Susan serves Fulltime as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Reisterstown United Methodist Church since August 2012. She is excited about taking on additional responsibilities with RUMC’s growing young adult program starting July 2016.
She believes, “Youth and Young Adults are full members of the Church of TODAY as well as the Church of the future.”
She can be contacted through the church office, 410-833-5440, and by email
Prior to R.U.M.C. , Bill Myers was the chairman of the Performing Arts Department at Dulaney High School where he taught vocal music, musical theater and produced/directed such Broadway shows as “Bye-Bye Birdie”, “Grease”, “the Music Man”, “Oklahoma”, “West Side Story” and a “Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. He is also author of “Ebony Scrooge”, a Christmas musical.
Bill Myers was the founder and Artistic Director of Maryland Sings, Inc., a youth ensemble which has a twenty-eight year of performance history. These exceptional young artists performed in 2 eight-country European tours, a tour of Canada, performance at the Grand Ole Opry and their success has been rewarded at international festivals and recognized by three Presidents when performing at the White House.
Bill Myers’ professional experiences include:
- A “commercial” recording singing artist
- Appearance as a soloist with the 76th Jazz Army Band in Germany
- Singing with the Robert Shaw Choral at the mostly Mozart Festival in New York City
- Appearing nationally and internationally as an adjudicator of high school and college choirs for Performing Arts Abroad
- Adjudicating for the Maryland-only competition for the Rosa Ponselle Foundation
Bill has been elected (2016) to join and sit on The Executive Committee of the Society of Peabody Alumni.
I cannot remember a time when music wasn't part of my life. Everyone in my family is very musical and we grew up listening to Gospel music. I joined my first choir at 8 years old and still go back to my home church to sing for my original choir director, Millie. She instilled the love of Christian music in me and it has remained my entire life and encouraged my abilities to hear and sing beautiful harmonies. (I remember the very first solo I sang in our annual cantata.) So having this love of music, it was God’s plan for me to have a partner who shared this love and of course that is my husband Phil. Throughout our 25 year marriage we have been involved in music ministry. Some of our endeavors:
- With Rich Umla and Rick Harris, established Lighthouse, making wonderful music for 23 years.
- Eighteen years ago it became apparent there was a need for a more contemporary service at RUMC. Phil and I were asked to help build the service and provide music and along with Rick Harris, the Northside Chapel Praise Band was born. My focus for this band has been enhancing the day’s message through music while encouraging growth of new musicians including many of our young people.
- One of my greatest joys has been working with what began as the Over 50 Choir and is now known as The Seasoned Singers. This group of folks just loves singing God’s praises with joy and gusto and I love directing them.
- My newest responsibility is leading the praise band, Washed Anew. God is alive and well in this group of talented individuals. Every rehearsal lets me know that God wants this group to thrive and grow and in His time, we will know the plan He has for Washed Anew. I am constantly looking for new musicand new ideas around worship and praise.
There is a wonderful song by Casting Crowns that outlines our responsibility to those who do not know God and these lyrics resonate with me:
Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out, Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out, And as the day draws near
We'll sing until the whole world hears
God has placed me in this role and it is my joy to do His work through my voice and leadership.
Adam O’Dell joined the Reisterstown United Methodist Church staff in November 2018. A lifelong Christian and church musician, Adam hopes to use music to heighten our connection to and understanding of scripture.
Described as “kaleidoscopic,” and praised for its “real power,” “triumphalism,” (Fanfare Magazine) and “depth, beauty, and rich dimension” (The Courier), Adam’s work as a composer, keyboardist, and chorister has taken him around the globe, with performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Smetena Hall in Prague, and off-Broadway. Recent commissions include the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, The Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra, Just Duet, hornist Andrew Pelletier, and the Julien Chamber Choir. He has won awards from ABLAZE Records, the Tri-State Wind Symphony, the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Make Music Inc., and the Kennedy Center, among others.
Adam has performed with such ensembles as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Masterworks Chorale, Vive! Ensemble, the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Occasional Symphony, and Noise-to-Signal Ensemble, for whom he also serves as composer-in-residence and artistic director. As a collaborator and recital pianist/keyboardist, he has performed at the PARMA Music Festival, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the University of Nebraska-Kearney New Music Festival, New Music Gathering, Italian Friend artRuckus, the Adolphe Sax Bicentennial Festival, and multiple festivals with the Society of Composers, inc.
Born and raised in Dubuque, IA, Adam holds degrees from Clarke University (BA, summa cum laude) and Bowling Green State University (MM). Adam moved to Baltimore to pursue his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts. Adam is an internationally published academic writer, and has given lectures, presentations, and masterclasses in composition, analysis, biomusicology, and music cognition across the United States and Europe.
In his free time, Adam enjoys cooking, exploring nature, and searching for the best Thai food in Baltimore.
Since 1998, John has lovingly cared for our buildings and offered a helping hand to folks who are loading things in and out, trying to reach things that are too high, and finding things that are stored in our nooks and crannies. Always singing and offering a cheery greeting, John serves God as our chief agent of daily hospitality!