Ministry Staff

Rev. James McSavaney



Rev. James comes to Glenmont from Baltimore, where he served Arnolia UMC for three years and, prior to that, Hampden UMC and Grace UMC. He completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Johns Hopkins Hospital and earned his Masters in Divinity studying at Emory University and then Wesley Seminary. Rev. James grew up outside of Atlanta, and he and his spouse, Amy, have two children.

Naoko Kawashima



Originally from Japan, Naoko has been the organist at GUMC since December 2017.  She performs frequently at major venues in the DC metro area; a recent highlight was playing for Haydn's "Creation" with choir and orchestra in June.  Naoko is a member of the Friday Morning Music Club and the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and she is a founder of MEL Music.  She also composed for the 2018 short film "Goyo Pine Bonsai."  Naoko enjoys running, swimming, and bicycling, and she cares for a delightful array of pets: her dog/soul mate Jazmine, and a rabbit, guinea pig, gecko, fish and water frog.

Scott Harper


Church Administrator

Scott was born in New Zealand and raised in Sydney, Australia. A Montgomery County resident for many years, Scott attended the University of Maryland, College Park, as an undergraduate student and the Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student. Scott comes from a Methodist/Episcopal background and enjoys being a Lay Servant at Glenmont UMC. He served 14 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve and retired from his civilian employer, Bloomberg BNA, in 2015. Scott just celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his spouse, Stephanie. Their daughter, Brianna, is a third-year student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Scott spends his leisure time with his family, which includes two cats named Violet and Truffle.