Our Pastor

Rev. Rachel Livingston

Meet the  Pastor:

Rev. Rachel B. Livingston

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is announcing that Bishop Easterling has appointed the Rev. Rachel B. Livingston to serve as Cheltenham UMC’s pastor beginning July 1, 2020. A third-generation minister, Rachel has previously served as the the project director of a Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation’s Freedom School in Wilmington, DE; the executive director of Freedom School at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA;  and the Director of Youth and Young Adults at Towson United Methodist Church.

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

A scholar-practioner, Rachel is currently completing coursework for the Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Her research explores connecting with Young Adults through community activism as a function of ministry within the life of the church.

Locating herself in the Wesleyan tradition, Rachel believes that the church has a responsibility to nurture persons in both personal holiness and social responsibility. She maintains that one is not only called to a church but also the community. Therefore, one of her ministry goals is to find various ways to connect the church and the community. This is evidenced in her work as Executive Director for The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA.

A native of Wilmington, DE, Rachel Livingston now calls the Maryland-DC-Metropolitan area her home.

She lives by the mantra of the United Methodist Hymn #536: “Take the name of Jesus with you.”