Staff & Leadership

Just like other Presbyterian Churches, we value democratic principles of structure and decision-making.
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Rev. Shelby Etheridge Harasty

Senior Pastor

Shelby grew up in Florida and later moved to Asheville, NC, where she worked at the Montreat Conference Center before moving to Richmond, VA, for seminary. She lives in Rockville with her husband Matt and their two young daughters, Amelia and Clara.

Shelby earned her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, where she received a Presidential Leadership Award in 2013. She was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at St. Mark Presbyterian Church on September 22, 2013. She has served in several positions at the National Capital Presbytery and is now a member of the Leadership Council. Prior to serving at St. Mark, Shelby was a Pastoral Intern at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, a Chaplain Intern at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC in the summer of 2012 and a Youth Minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond.

Today, Shelby regularly listens to the “Working Preacher” podcast as she prepares sermons, and often uses quotes from authors like Kate Bowler. And she likes Taylor Swift, whose lyrics may also find their way into a sermon.

Shelby notes that her “greatest joy in ministry is gathering around tables; everywhere we gather is an extension of the table around which we share the Lord’s Supper. Whether it is in the sanctuary, the fellowship hall, at home, at Fish Taco, Starbucks, Java Nation, Silver Diner…at all those tables, God is there.”

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Rev. Blake A. Collins

Associate Pastor

Blake grew up in Columbia, MD, and has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County his whole life, having been baptized, confirmed, and sponsored for seminary. He earned a scholarship to Temple University in Philadelphia to compete on its NCAA Division I Men’s Gymnastics team and coached Temple’s women’s team for one season while completing his master’s program in police-and-community relations.

Following grad school, Blake served as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Comas, Peru, and later worked for the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, Kentucky, where he met his wife, Kelsey. After five years, he sensed God calling him to ordained ministry at the local church level.

During seminary, Blake worked as Director of Communications at Urban Village Church and as the Theological Certificate Coordinator for students in pre-trial detention at Cook County Jail. He joined Friendship Presbyterian Church as a pastoral intern, where he led a new and ongoing Pop-Up Pantry to support veterans, persons with disabilities, and working families as they moved to their new homes.

Blake enjoys running, golf, and cheering on the Ravens and O’s, as well as podcasts (Pivot; On Being; Volume Sports) and music like Alabama Shakes, Lake Street Dive, Leon Bridges and Dreamville Records. He and Kelsey are elated to be back in Maryland, supporting the local economy through farmer’s markets, public golf courses, and dining at family-owned restaurants.



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Rob Keene

Director of Music

Rob earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, summa cum laude, at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1999. He studied organ with Carla Edwards; he also studied piano with Lorna Griffitt and chamber music with Claude Cymerman. At Indiana University, Rob joined Christopher Young’s organ studio, earning a Master of Music degree in 2009. He gained admittance to the doctoral program and continued his studies for one year before seeking full-time employment as a church musician.

Rob served United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran churches in Indiana for twelve years before becoming the Organist and Director of Music at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newport News, Virginia. In 2012, he began serving Jewish congregations as well, and later was appointed Director of Music at Congregation Emet V'Or in Newport News, where he served for nearly seven years. Rob has since served at St. James Lutheran Church in Concord, NC and St. Theresa Catholic Church in Austin, Texas, first as organist then as Associate Director of Music Ministries.

Now based in Silver Spring, Rob works full-time at a tech startup and looks forward to returning to music ministry in smaller congregations, where, after years of prayerful exploration, Rob feels truly called to serve. 

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Terrie May

Director of Operations

Terrie has spent most of her life associated with DPC.  She was baptized, attended Sunday School, and married at DPC.  She spent years as a volunteer in every capacity imaginable, and joined the staff part-time as a Programs Assistant in 2018.  In that role, Terrie planned and led Youth activities, participated in worship planning (including confirmation of Youth, Youth lead services, and liturgical year planning), assisted in coordinating special projects with the Board of Deacons, and planned and executed mission related activities in the church and the community.

In 2022, Terrie agreed to take on the full-time position as Director of Operations which includes oversight of pretty much all behind the scenes church functions. 

Prior to 2022, Terrie was Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator for Horton Orthodontics for almost 30 years. In that position she maintained patient relationships and the office schedule, coordinated treatment plans for patients, ordered supplies, prepared and submitted insurance claims, managed accounts receivables and accounts payable, and hired and managed office staff.

Lay Leadership

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 at our Church to those 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, and Deacons serve as greeters and as ushers in support of our worship services.  As with Elders, Deacons must be church members, are elected by the congregation and usually serve three-year terms.

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!