Reisterstown pastor to lead national Methodist church

Trotter to preach sermon in Washington tomorrow

January 05, 2002|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

The pastor of a Reisterstown congregation has been tapped to lead Washington's Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, the national church of United Methodism.

The Rev. Frank E. Trotter Jr. is scheduled to preach his first sermon in the high-profile pulpit tomorrow.

Trotter, who has served as pastor of Reisterstown United Methodist Church for the past 17 years, was appointed to the 1,400-member Washington congregation by Bishop Felton E. May after a national search. He succeeds the Rev. William B. Lawrence, who left to take a position as associate dean for development and church relations at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.

"Dr. Trotter is an exceptional pastor who has demonstrated his ability to guide and grow churches in his past assignments and in his work on the conference level," said May, the Methodist bishop for Washington and Baltimore.

Metropolitan Memorial was established in 1852 as the national Methodist church. President Ulysses S. Grant attended services there, as did President William McKinley at the end of the 19th century. Every United Methodist is an honorary member.

Trotter, 54, an accomplished organist, pianist and vocalist, was the lead bass in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra chorus for many years. Before becoming pastor of Reisterstown United Methodist in 1984, he served at Ames United Methodist Church in Pikesville and Grace United Methodist Church in Cumberland.

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