An Open and Affirming, Just Peace Congregation in Columbia, Maryland

Our Staff


The Reverend Philip Neal Curran began as CUCC’s settled Pastor on July 16, 2018. Rev. Curran’s ministry of “pastoral presence” was formed, in large measure, by the student church he served while in seminary and his first “called ministry” in Gibson City, Illinois. It is his understanding of the gospel, however, that has given shape to his interest in, and working for, the removal of barriers that divide.

Rev. Curran is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland. He graduated from St. Maria Goretti, attended Hagerstown Community College and graduated from Shepherd University as a political science major with a minor in history. In 1988, Rev. Curran started seminary at Lexington Theological Seminary and finished in the spring of 1991. In 1991, Rev. Curran was ordained into ministry in Illinios, from then on, he has served several denominations. In 2010, he accepted the call to serve Glade United Church of Christ in Walkersville, Maryland. Understanding the church to be a dynamic organism that is in a state of constant flux and change, he was selected to help the church navigate the shifting perceptions towards, and realities of, the culture’s understandings of the church. Now he looks forward to serving Columbia United Christian Church’s multi-denomination congregation.

In his spare time, Phil enjoys being with his wife, Stephanie and son, John, taking a hike in the woods, basketball, tennis, bicycling, projects around the house and reading. Although he has learned from his many mission and work trips that there is nothing more fulfilling than service to others.


Music DirectorDavidMcGarvey2

David McGarvey currently serves as Music Director at Columbia United Christian Church. David began his formal music training at Oberlin and Peabody. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Howard Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Music degree from Towson University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Johns Hopkins University. David has studied piano with noted jazz pianist Alan Blackman and classical piano with concert pianist Dr. Lisa Rehwoldt.

Before coming to CUCC, David’s experience as a church musician included memberships in the Proclamation Choir (Amherst, OH) and Joyful Noise (Columbia, MD). The Proclamation Choir produced a self-titled recording; the Joyful Noise group recorded songs for the release, Christmas at New Hope.

As a co-founder of Moonstruck Jazz, David performs professionally on piano and bass in the Washington/Baltimore area. His composition “Paul’s Waltz” has been published in The Baltimore Real Book: Volume 1.


Administrative Assistant

Since retiring from the United States Air Force Band as a Chief Master Sergeant in 2013, Carl has continued to perform, record and teach as a freelance musician as well as pursued his interest in church administration. Prior to joining CUCC, he worked at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington DC as an administrative assistant at their Hospitality Desk.

Over the course of his 27-year career with the United States Air Force Band, Carl served as Principal Clarinet of the United States Air Force Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, performing before five U.S. Presidents and for audiences in the Washington DC area, 49 of the 50 States, Europe and Russia. From 2010 -2013 he managed the Band’s evaluation/awards program and budget. Additionally, he was Music Director of The Prince William Symphony Orchestra in Manassas Virginia, conducting this professional ensemble to critical acclaim for 11 seasons.

Carl lives in Bowie, Maryland with his wife Dawn – a member of the US Navy Band – and their three cats: Taylor, Mya and Mitsy-Mittens.

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