Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dawn-Marie Singleton
Senior Pastor

Rev. Dawn-Marie Singleton is the lead pastor at Cherrydale UMC. She came to us with her daughter, Sarah-Grace in July 2020. A native of Northern Virginia, Dawn-Marie graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College), where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Religion. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, Duke University, in Durham, NC. Ordained in 1993, she has been appointed in the Virginia Conference for 28 years. Before coming to Cherrydale UMC, Dawn-Marie served as the Director of Youth/Associate Pastor at Trinity UMC (Alexandria), Associate Pastor at Aldersgate UMC (Chesapeake), Senior Pastor at Kernstown UMC (Winchester), Keezletown UMC (Harrisonburg) and Oakton UMC (Oakton). Dawn-Marie loves spending time with her daughter, being in nature, photography, writing – both poetry and journaling and is currently writing a novel on kindness. She enjoys scrapbooking, swimming and gardening. She has a passion for youth, spreading God’s love, sharing random acts of kindness and wants to be sure everyone knows they are loved and valued by God.

Dr. Angelina Shumway
Music Director

Angelina Shumway graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and received a Doctoral degree in Musical Art in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America. She is an accomplished classical choral conductor and singer, having performed in Oratorios, Operas and has given many professional solo appearances with various orchestras. She collaborated with orchestras and choirs performing soprano solo roles in Oratorio including Creation, Messiah, Elijah, Requiem, Gloria and more. She has given hundreds of benefit concerts, fundraising recitals nationally, performed at the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC to name a few.

Dr. Shumway began playing the piano when she was three years old and has played the organ for church services since thirteen. She has been professionally serving various churches as the director of the Music ministry for over thirty years and has given several Praise Worship seminars in Canada and United States.

Not only she has been active as a professional musician, she has also been an educator for more than thirty years. She has worked as the Korean language, and History/Culture teacher at Korean School of Greater Washington, and served as a Program Director at Korean Community Service Center. She also has been active in Korean American Community as a Lecturer, mentor, and the main speaker for many seminars, mentoring, and intervention programs for youth in Washington Tri-state area. 

As a Music Educator, she was a voice faculty at Shenandoah University and has been a faculty member at Prince George’s Community College since 1993, starting as the instructor for the SAGE program, and in 2004 Dr. Shumway began teaching the music credit program at the college. She has been serving as the Associate Professor of Music since 2010, and Academic Coordinator of the Music Department at Prince George’s Community College since 2013. She has been actively involved with The Maryland Area Colleges of Music Association (MACMA ) since 2014 and has been serving the organization as the vice president since 2016.

Julia Wright
Business Manager 

Julie Wright holds a BS in Business Administration degree from Wittenberg University and an MBA from Pittsburg State University. She is retired having two previous careers – corporate controller for several mining and manufacturing companies and the Chief Communications Officer for the Arlington County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She has two daughters who are married and live in N. Virginia and two grandsons. She also serves as Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington.

Mitzi Holder
Administrative Assistant

Mitzi Holder has been Cherrydale United Methodist Church’s Administrative Assistant since August of 2015. She served in the United States Air Force for 12 years in a computer career field. She completed her Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems in 2003. Mitzi is a single mom who loves riding the scary park rides and going to the beach with her teenage son.

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