Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Cecil Memorial UMC is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Reverend Dr. Reginald Tarpley has been an ordained minister for over 15 years and began his Christian journey in the Church of Christ denomination. He has served in the capacity of Youth Minister, Associate Minister, and Full-Time Minister to various congregations in Texas, Florida, and Virginia.
In 2008 Reverend Dr. Tarpley made the decision to become a United Methodist minister and began preparing for this transition. During the 2009 session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Reverend Dr. Tarpley was appointed Assistant Pastor of the Albright/Petworth/Van Buren UMC Cooperative Parish in Washington, DC. In 2010 Reverend Dr. Tarpley was appointed Pastor of Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church in Annapolis, MD and in 2011 he was also appointed Pastor of Mount Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnold, MD and is currently the full-time Pastor at Cecil and Mount Calvary.
Reverend Dr. Tarpley truly enjoys evangelizing the Word of God, equipping the saints for the work of ministry and whole-heartedly believes we should worship God in spirit and in truth. He preaches with true passion and has preached at youth conferences, gospel meetings, church anniversaries, camp meetings, and revivals. Reverend Dr. Tarpley is particularly passionate about prophetic preaching and it is his goal, and heart’s desire, to be a change agent in a modern day revolution whereby the black church steps up to do the right thing by tearing down the walls that divide the church from the community. Reverend Dr. Tarpley believes it is time for the black church to reclaim its rightful place in the communities in which the local churches are located. It is no longer acceptable to be a Sunday-only church we must be a 24/7 church.
Reverend Dr. Tarpley earned his Doctorate of Ministry Degree with a concentration in Prophetic Preaching in the Black Church in the 21st Century at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education and Philosophy from Southwestern Christian University, in Dallas, TX, a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College in Washington, DC, and a Masters Degree in Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC.
Reverend Dr. Reginald Tarpley is a “Marylander” having grown up in Prince Georges County in the town of Seat Pleasant. He is happily married to, the love and joy of his life, Mrs. Debbie Holland Tarpley and they reside in Bowie, Maryland. Reverend Dr. and First Lady Tarpley do not have any children. Reverend Tarpley is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., where he has served as Alpha Sigma Chapter Chaplain and Co-Coordinator of the Alpha Sigma Botillion Scholarship Program for male high school students.
Favorite Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6-7, “Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
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