Reverend Neill S. Morgan, born in Bethesda, returned home to Maryland to serve Darnestown Presbyterian Church after spending most of his youth in Texas and serving churches in Colorado and Texas. In addition to more than 30 years in the parish ministry, he has worked brief stints as a development officer for his seminary, youth director, university chaplain, psychiatric hospital chaplain, hay hauler, lifeguard, phlebotomist, and horse trainer. Neill plays and builds acoustic guitars and enjoys triathlon, fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. He and his wife Nancy have four daughters, twin granddaughters, and twin grandsons.
Adam Scott Graham
Director of Music
Internationally acclaimed Conductor and Organist, Mr. Graham presently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Darnestown Presbyterian Church and Artist in Residence at the Takoma Park and Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Churches, having recently completed successful positions at St Thomas’ Episcopal Church DC, the historic St . John’s Episcopal Church Broad Creek (King George’s Parish) established in 1692 and known as the Mother Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC, and Director of the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus.
For several years, Graham served as Chairman for Music in Worship on the Repertoire & Standards Committee of the American Choral Director’s Association. He presently serves as Sub-Dean of the Potomac Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. As a Pastoral Leader, he has a clear passion for sacred music, the spoken word, and furthering the life of the church. He has worked with both professional and volunteer choirs as well as professional recording artists. Mr. Graham has served at personal request on The Rt . Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde’s (Bishop of Washington DC) Liturgical Committee for Annual Convention, and led Diocesan Choral Evensong at the personal request of The Rt . Rev. John B Chane (Bishop of Washington DC – retired) . Noticeably, he had the honor of playing for the 2012 Presidential Inauguration for the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Dr . Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, and served as musician for the National Episcopal Church Women as part of the National Episcopal Church Convention.
With a background in installing and voicing digital organs, Mr . Graham serves as a consultant for church growth and music ministries. For years he served as the Concert Conductor for Jubilate; a non-profit choir in Annapolis, Maryland, that performs anywhere up to thirty concerts per year . He has performed numerous concerts as Organist & Pianist, and is also in high demand as a Conductor, having prepared choirs for concerts and the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, and revived the annual Messiah Concert at Trinity Episcopal – Piney Branch, which was then listed as one of the “Best performances of Handel ’s Messiah in Washington D.C. ” - DC Per forming Arts Examiner.
Just like other Presbyterian Churches, we value democratic principles of structure and decision-making. Little would be accomplished at our Church without the involvement of our lay leadership.
Session is the Board that leads and oversees all of the activities of the local Presbyterian Church. Session is the decision-making board of the Church, but more so it sets the goals and provides direction for the overall ministry of the Church. Session members are called Elders and, after selection by a nominating committee, are elected by the congregation. There are term limits! An Elder can serve no more than two three-year terms, before taking a year off. Only members of the Church can be Elders. The Board meets monthly.
The Board of Deacons provides ministry to those of the Church in need and works to fill servant-hood positions within the Church. For three examples (among many): Deacons arrange/provide transportation for those in need, Deacons arrange/provide meals for families in times of distress, Deacons serve as greeters in the narthex before worship and serve as ushers. As with Elders, Deacons must be members, are elected by the congregation and there are term limits.
Ministry Committees do the particular work of the Church under the authority of Session and/or Deacons. At Darnestown Presbyterian we have eight primary Ministry Committees: Building & Grounds, Membership & Outreach, Stewardship, Personnel, Christian Education, Congregational Care, Worship and Mission. The ministry of each committee is aptly described by its name! You do not have to be a member or be elected to serve on a Ministry Committee. All you have to do is step forward and volunteer to serve!