Rev. William Thomas


Appointed as lead pastor here at Hereford UMC, Bill is a graduate of Western Maryland College. He taught Art at Westminster High School in Carroll County before earning his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He served as a pastor and leader in the United Methodist Church for 13 years.  In 1993, Bill affiliated with the Foursquare Gospel Church and served the Foursquare Church in Westminster for 18 years. During that time, he also served several years as a Divisional Superintendent in the Mid-Atlantic District of Foursquare churches.  Bill has a background in sports as an athlete and coach and has been a leader in the ministries of Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Intervarsity Campus Ministry.  Bill and his wife, Linda (who served as an ordained co-pastor with him in Westminster), have been married for 40 years and have 8 children ranging in age from 37 years old to 9 years old.  Their youngest two were adopted from China as God opened the eyes, hearts and home of the Thomas family for the world.  Their family mission is “one starfish at a time.”  Bill’s interests, besides his family, include cycling, guitar and art.  He also writes for the religion column in the Carroll County Times newspaper.  His passions include ministering to next generation leaders, and seeing people and churches  become fully alive in Christ.  One of Bill’s life verses is…
“Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”                 ~Isaiah 40:31 


Debby Deweese, Finance Manager


Debby-DeweeseA graduate of both Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Debby was previously employed at a “Big Eight” accounting firm in the National Health Care Industry Program in New York City and the National Health Care Policy Group in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the staff at Hereford UMC, she was the Divisional Business Manager of General Pediatrics at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  And was also a registered dental hygienist, ‘back in the younger days’!  Debby’s free time involves her family, Bible study, the theatre, music, gardening, needlework, and reading.  She has been a member of Hereford High School’s POPS (parents of performing students) organization for 8 years, has served as both the President and Vice President, and is presently the Chairperson of the Scholarship committee.  Debby has been a member of HUMC for over twenty-three years and joined the office staff in 1999.  She loves the Lord and her HUMC Church Family and feels the Lord led her to this place when she most needed it.  She has served in many ministries of the Church including Lay Leader, Praise Band, Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Worship Team, Apples of Gold Woman’s Ministry, Finance Committee, SPPR Committee, Nominating Committee, Preschool Board, Building Committee, Council of Ministries, and Church Council.  But her passion involves working with children ~ Vacation Bible School Director for 12 years, Confirmation Coordinator for 19 years, Sunday School Superintendent for 3 years, Sunday School teacher for 4 years, Jr. Youth Group Worker for 2 years, and presently Director of the POW (performers of the Word) theatre group for the past 8 years.  She feels called to teach His Word to the children and to write it on their hearts.  And the blessing from the children is that many, many times, they teach her!

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little childen come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’  ~ Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

Linda Marcus, Communications Secretary



Julie Morgan, Chancel Choir Director



Ruth Robertson, Office Volunteer


church office telephone  – 410-343-0660 


Barbara Lindsay Schroyer, Two By Two Preschool Director

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