First African Methodist Episcopal ChurchFirst African Methodist Episcopal Church of Gaithersburg


The Reverend Doctor Barbara Y. Glenn

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The daughter of Elvin and Katie Liggins, Rev. Glenn was born in Washington, DC and raised in Xenia, OH, where she attended both public and private schools. Upon graduation from high school, Rev. Glenn attended Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. (1962-65) While living in Ohio and before entering the ministry Rev. Glenn became a trailblazer by being the first African American to be employed in any of the three banks in Xenia.(1966). While at the Xenia National Bank she was asked to become the second African American to work for the local power company, Dayton Power & Light.

Rev. Glenn returned to college after moving to Maryland and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowie State University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History Education (1974). Rev. Glenn was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Upon graduation she began teaching in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, and later in the public schools of Prince George’s County, MD. County, MD. Rev. Glenn also served on the Advisory Board for teacher preparation in the content areas at Bowie State University.

After entering the ministry, Rev. Glenn attended Howard University and graduated with honors with a Master of Divinity degree.  While at Howard, she served as a representative on the National Council of Christians and Jews at the InterSem East Conferences. She also received several awards while at Howard, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship and Benjamin Mays Fellowship. As part of the Ford Fellowship, the first group of a series particularly for African American Women, Rev. Glenn worked with Hospice Care of Washington, DC and later developed a Ministry of Comfort at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Ft. Washington, MD. During her tenure on staff at Ebenezer under the leadership of Drs. Grainger and Browning, she served as Minister to Youth and Family and initiated several ministries related to those areas.

While at her first pastorate, First A.M.E. Church of Alexandria (1991-2002), she led the congregation to move from worshipping in a school to renting space in a building which they later purchased for a little over 900 thousand dollars in Alexandria, VA. Several ministries were developed and the congregation grew from approximately 40 to over 100 plus active members.

Rev. Glenn holds a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Her doctoral work was entitled “Kinfolk One-Anothering: A Model of Care for Women of Color Growing Spiritually through Relationships,” which was implemented at First Church.  She was privileged to be mentored by Drs. Claudette Copeland and Marsha Foster Boyd.

Rev. Glenn has conducted workshops in the areas of marriage, youth, and women. She has served as Chaplain for the United College Ministries of Northern Virginia and has taught at The Maple Springs Bible College Seminary. Rev. Glenn is the former Conference Coordinator of Women in Ministry. She has served as an instructor for the Board of Examiners of the Washington Annual Conference since 1992. In 2004 Rev. Glenn was appointed to serve as a member of the Washington Conference Board of Examiners. Presently she serves as secretary of the Second Episcopal District Board of Examiners and the chair of the Committee for Ministerial Orders on her Presiding Elder District.  She has also developed the procedure for admitting candidates for Local and Itinerant Ministerial Orders into the process for the Presiding Elder District.

The Assistant Pastor Reverend Marvin T. Glenn, Jr.

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Born in Xenia, OH, Rev. Glenn is the second child of Marvin Sr. and Maekaela Bent Glenn. He was educated in the public schools of Xenia and Yellow Springs, OH. He attended Central State University as well as various other executive management training programs and The Maple Springs Bible College Seminary in Forest Heights, MD. Additionally, he attended continuing education courses at Howard University School of Divinity.

For many years, Rev. Glenn was employed in the retail industry. He was the first African American to work for the Rike-Kumler Department Stores in Dayton, OH. While at Rike’s, he became the first African American to be accepted in the Executive Training Program. Later, he was a trailblazer at several other retail chains, Elder Beerman’s also in Dayton OH and the Hecht Company in the Washinton Metropolitan area.  After leaving the retail industry,  Rev. Glenn worked as case manager with the homeless of Prince George’s County, and was Rehabilitation Coordinator, assisting mentally and emotionally challenged boys and girls and families at Urban Behavior Associates (UBA) and the Family Centers.  Rev. Glenn was employed by Catholic Charities and in 2004, Rev. Glenn resigned from his position as a case manager/family support specialist with Catholic Charities to devote more of his time to ministry.

His Ministry

Rev. Glenn accepted Christ at an early age. Prior to accepting the call to preach, he was active in the church as a layman. He used his skills to set up the Fun and Fads Shop at the Shiloh Baptist Church Family Life Center in Washington, DC, where he also served in numerous capacities. Later, Rev. Glenn joined Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Ft. Washington, MD, where he served in various ministries, including the Trustee Board. It was while attending Ebenezer that Rev. Glenn acknowledged the call of God upon his life. His many skills and talents were used to help initiate the Family Ministry and the Comfort Ministry. Additionally, he taught Baptismal Counseling classes and initiated a ministry to families of military personnel stationed in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. Rev. Glenn has conducted workshops for men as well as for married couples.

His beginning at First A.M.E

Rev. Glenn currently serves as Assistant Pastor at First A.M.E. Church, Gaithersburg. He has been married to Rev. Dr. Barbara Y. Glenn, Pastor of First A.M.E. Church, Gaithersburg, for almost 50 years. They have two children: Lisa Glenn Washington and Marvin III. They are blessed to have five grandchildren: Jasmine and Jason Ruffin and Myles, Parris, and Ezekiel Glenn and one great grandchild, Tristin Whitfield.  To God be the glory for the great things he has done!!