We Live, We Love, We Serve
We are a diversified church with people from over 17 different countries who come to worship and serve together as sisters and brothers in Christ.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church has been a witness to the love of Jesus Christ in the community for over 180 years. Our life together began in a log cabin in 1837 moving to a wooden building in 1850 and to a brick sanctuary dedicated as the Morrow Chapel in 1871. In 1926 our education building was added. Additional changes to the structure were made in 1960 and in the 1970's.
The United Methodist Church has many doors through which people share in serving God and others. Whether you visit in person or online, we hope you discover something here to encourage you in your spiritual journey.
Together we can open hearts, open minds and open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church.
What We Believe
All People Are Welcomed
We believe that all people are invited to come and build their personal relationship with God.
We strive to be community minded and provide an open environment in which all members of our community can come together.
We embrace partnerships with schools, businesses, and associations in the community.
We strive to meet people where they are and not where others expect them to be.
We invite you to join with us on your personal faith journey.
Church can happen anywhere.
It happens when we create learning opportunities that transform lives.
It happens when we create safe environments where children can play and learn. It happens when education makes the path to citizenship a little easier. And when our sacrifices help nourish students’ minds and bodies. That’s putting beliefs into action.
Meet The Team
Rev. Stephanie Roberts White
Rev. Stephanie Roberts White was born and raised in the Fort Worth, Texas area. She began attending a United Methodist Church at the age of 17 and accepted her call to ministry at age 21. She has served as a youth pastor, a co-pastor with her husband, Kevin, a pastor, an associate pastor, a Director of Family Ministries, a Director of Women’s Ministries, and even as a church office administrator! Because of her husband’s military service, they have lived in Texas, Ohio, Washington State, Georgia, and are currently living in Maryland near Washington DC. Stephanie has had the rare privilege of serving churches in all five United Methodist jurisdictions of the United States. They have four children (Malachi, Ezekiel, Liberty, and Gabriel). Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.
Michael Reese Ritt
Director of Music
Michael Reese Ritt was born and raised in Owings Mills, MD and is a lifetime member of Pleasant Hill Church. He started taking vocal lessons at the young age of 9. By age 10, he joined the Maryland State Boychoir in Baltimore, MD where he became Head Chorister, a leadership role at the age of 14. Mr. Ritt performed with the Boychoir and on his own in 8 countries and 27 states, including singing at the Vatican. Mr. Ritt was a music education major at Frostburg State University and studied business administration at the local community college. He became the Director of Music at Pleasant Hill in December of 2014. Prior to this position, he traveled the state of Maryland as a guest musician at local churches. He enjoys performing and having the choir perform a wide range of diverse genres including traditional, gospel, spiritual, and praise and worship, to name a few. During the week, Mr. Ritt is the church's Communications Director and Administrator. In addition to spending time with his nieces and nephew, Mr. Ritt enjoys working on Pleasant Hill's social media sites, going to the gym, singing karaoke, traveling and spending time with friends.
Shannon K. Harmon
Head Organist & Pianist
Shannon K. Harmon is an accomplished pianist, she received her Master of Piano Performance and a minor in ethnomusicology from Indiana University, where she held a piano graduate teaching assistantship. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University. Among her many accolades, Ms. Harmon won the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's Women's League Young Artist Competition, has performed concertos with the Toledo and Perrysburg Symphony Orchestras, and recorded on America's Finest Singing Machine, B.G.S.U. Men's Chorus Twentieth Anniversary recording. She currently teaches piano at the McDonogh School and at Music for the Young Child in the Baltimore area. She is also in demand as an adjudicator for regional festivals and the National Piano Playing Auditions. Ms. Harmon joined Pleasant Hill Church as the Head Organist and Pianist in October of 2015.