Rev. Kelley Schanely comes to us after serving for three years at Mt. Zion UMC in Dubois, PA located in the Indiana District. Before Mt. Zion she has served at Star Junction, Little Redstone, Newell, Milford Center and Unionville Center Methodist Churches. Kelley studied at Penn State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science. She attended seminary at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, earning a Master of Divinity. She was ordained an elder in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference in 2011. Kelley has a passion for hospitality, spiritual formation, building relationships and mission.
Joining Pastor Kelley at First Church is her husband Mark. Mark studied at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Mark also holds Masters degrees in English Literature from Duquesne University and Theological Studies from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (2010) and Boston College (2013). They have two “furry” ones—their pit bull puppy Nyasha and their cat Talia. Their interests include playing disc golf, going to museums, attending cultural events, and they are also avid Star Wars fans. They are excited to be a part of the First Church family and the larger Washington community!