Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church Leadership
Pr. Mark Metze
Dr. Janna Leigh Ryon
Pastor Metze began his ordained ministry with Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran upon completing a year of internship with Annapolis Lutheran. Pastor Metze studied history at the University of South Carolina before graduating from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA with a Masters of Divinity. Before beginning seminary, Mark worked as a youth minister and camp counselor at a Christian summer camp known as Lutheridge. During seminary, Mark was trained in chaplain ministry by completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. In his spare time, Mark likes to play guitar, read theology/ history, and ride his bike. He and his wife Rebecca have enjoyed the time they have spent in Annapolis and are thrilled to experience more of what the historic city has to offer.
Dr. Janna Leigh Ryon is the Minister of Music for Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church. Janna comes to Annapolis Lutheran having served as Director of the Children's Choir and Contemporary Music at Colesville Presbyterian Church for seven years before taking the position as Director of Music, leading the choir and planning worship for the services at Colesville United Methodist Church. Janna has also assisted with the music program at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, directing the youth music for worship services, helping with their musical productions and directing the youth choir at the Music Academy there.
Dr. Ryon is the Choral Director at Watkins Mill High School where she directs Choirs, teaches Piano and helps direct the Musical Theater program. Dr. Ryon has been a Music Educator in Maryland for fifteen years, having previously taught at Bowie High School for 14 years, and in Connecticut and Tennessee prior to her moving to Maryland. She has directed the Prince George’s County Middle School Honors Chorus, and is frequently called upon to adjudicate middle and high school county choral festivals. She serves on the board of the Maryland Music Educators Association and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Ryon received her Bachelor’s of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, Master’s of Music from Yale University and Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Maryland. She is an active freelance musician in the greater DC Metropolitan area on both oboe and piano.
Pastor Gerald A. Miller was the first pastor of the Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ordained in 1974, when he retired in 2015, he had served for over 40 years in Lutheran ministry. In 2017, the congregation honored him as "Pastor Emeritus.
Our Current Council
Conrad Sump — President
Kathy Ogle — Vice President
Ellen Fehrenbacher — Secretary
Jan Funkhouser — Treasurer
Melanie Schryver — Financial Secretary