Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church, Arnold, MD


Pastor Shawn Brandon

The Rev. Shawn Brandon
Interim Pastor

Pastor Shawn grew up on the Canadian border of northern Minnesota and was educated at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Before coming to serve as Interim Pastor at Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church, Pastor Shawn served for three years as Minister of Music and Education at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights, MN, for four years as secretary to the bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod, St. Paul, MN and for seven years as a co-pastor at the three congregations of the Baudette (MN) Lutheran Parish. Since moving to Washington, DC in 2011, he served as the sabbatical pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale, VA, and at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie, MD and has provided pulpit supply services for congregations throughout the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod.

Pastor Shawn and his spouse, Mo Goff, live in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. He is an avid walker, sings with the Thomas Circle Singers choral ensemble and is always open to trying new restaurants. Pastor Shawn enjoys traveling and especially enjoys traveling back to Minnesota to visit friends and family including his daughter, Emma Grace, who is in the tenth grade.

Debbie Greene

Debbie Greene
Music Director

Debbie Greene, Director of Music, is an accomplished pianist, organist and vocalist. She is a charter member of Gloria Dei! but began her early music training as a student of Mrs. Dorothy Webster at St. John's Lutheran Church in Linthicum. At an early age she played for chapel and church services developing a love of church music. By age 16 she was the organist at Asbury United Methodist Church, Arnold. From 1975-1979 Debbie was the Assistant Organist at the United States Naval Academy. There she played three church services, directed the Catholic Folk Mass, and worked with the midshipmen on their yearly musicals. After moving to Connecticut, Debbie was an eighth grade English and Social Studies teacher for 13 years. She also served as Organist at the Road Church in Stonington, Connecticut. Following several additional moves with her Navy husband, Brent, she returned to Maryland and Gloria Dei! in 1992. Since that time she has been involved in many aspects of the music program. Currently she plays Sunday morning worship services , directs the Cherub, Children's and Youth Choirs, provides special music worship services with Pastor Tom, coordinates the Concert Series and provides support as needed to the other dedicated directors and groups in the music department.

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Education Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has also taken graduate courses at Westminster Choir College in music and conducting. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve God through her music at Gloria Dei!

Jordan Markum

Jordan Markham
Assistant Music Director

Jordan Markham is a native of Middletown, Pennsylvania. He moved to Baltimore six years ago to attend The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied vocal performance under the Grammy-nominated baritone, William Sharp. Jordan has come to perform at venues across the United States, including; Carnegie Hall, The Boston Symphony Hall and The Jackie Gleason Center. He was a professional chorister for The Washington National Cathedral and for The Handel Choir of Baltimore for two seasons. He served as Artistic Director of the Harrisburg Men's Chorus for the past year.

Jordan also studied art and architecture with a focus in historic design after leaving Peabody. His passions overlap with his work frequently. He can often be found performing in or directing music for theatres throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. When not occupying his time with music or work, he will spend hours hiking a trail, reaching the mountaintop to enjoy the grandeur of nature. He is blessed to be working with and to be included in such a loving church family.

Heather McHugh

Heather McHugh
Parish Administrator

Heather McHugh is originally from San Francisco, California where she graduated from college. Pursuing an advertising career, she moved to Chicago where she received her MBA. Deciding, instead, to open a business, Heather opened and operated Lake Forest Music Company for seven years.

Heather married in 1993 and sold the business. Deciding to return to California with her husband, they relocated to Novato, CA where Heather had her two children, Briana (19) and Kelly (18).

Heather moved to Maryland to be near her parents with her two girls after her divorce. She became a literary agent prior to joining us here at Gloria Dei!