5501 Old New Market Road, P.O. Box 111, New Market, Maryland 21774 tel: 301-865-3530  fax: 301-882-7623

Brief History of NMUMC

NMUMC is located in historic New Market, Maryland. The town of New Market was formed along the trade routes leading from Frederick to Baltimore, Georgetown and Annapolis during the 1700’s. According to History of Western Maryland Standard, 1882 by J. Thomas Scharf, the present day church as we known it was erected in 1821, but there are no official building records to verify this exact date. Before this, a simple log meeting house served as the church since 1801. The log meeting house was a crude structure which protected the congregation only from the rain, wind and snow, without a heat source, with candles or lard oil lamps for light. The log foundation of this log meeting house was uncovered in the remodeling of the present church in 1957. The probable founder of the New Market congregation is James L. Higgins who moved to the area in 1801.
The church was known as the Methodist Episcopal Church until 1939 after the union of the American Methodist when it became known as the New Market Methodist Church. Later, with the national unification of the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Church, the church was again renamed The New Market United Methodist Church.
Today NMUMC has an active congregation that meets every Sunday for worship. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in joining in our church family

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Pastor Scott Clawson

Scott acquired his Licensed Local Pastor credentials in the spring of 2012 and entered into full-time ministry in July of the same year. Prior to becoming a full-time pastor, Scott was employed as a licensed electrician for 25 years. He has been blessed with 34 years of marriage to his wife, Donna, who he proclaims "is my rock, my comforter, my encourager, and my sounding board."

Scott and Donna are the parents of three lovely children. Meghan, their oldest daughter, her husband, Jake, and their children, Atticus, Fletcher, and Evelyn who reside in Twenty Nine Palms, CA. Scott and Donna's youngest daughter, Hannah, lives and works in Frederick and their oldest, youngest, and only son, Caleb, is currently enrolled in the graduate program at Messiah College. Scott will tell you he is blessed to have a family that loves the Lord and supports him wholeheartedly.

Who I am

I have a passion for God’s people and to encourage them into a deeper relationship with the creator of the universe. My passion is for all generations, I enjoy the uniqueness of our children and teens discovering who they are and the important plan that God has in their lives. I empathize with young adults and parents who encounter real world problems with each passing moment of their days, and I have a fond heart for the wisdom and challenges of our seniors as they enter into the golden - or not so golden - years of their lives.

In my free time, you can find me most often in a tree stand enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. I love to coerce my family into performing plays in our backyard, and I am continually tearing things out of our house because I have a new idea. One of my greatest pleasures is knowing, at the dawn of each new day, God has someone special for me to “bump” into and that thrills me. My hope is that this special someone will one day be you.

Pastor Scott

Rev. Dr. Jenny Smith

Welcome Home!

These are the words I seek to speak to each new family who’s journey leads to Mt. Carmel. For 14 years now, Jon and I have been blessed to serve among the people of Mt. Carmel UMC. Our church upon a hill has been a sanctuary of hope where we have experienced both the care of warm community and the power of an awesome God. If you are looking for a church home we welcome you to come and journey with us.

I met my husband Jon when his mother, a Methodist pastor, was appointed to my home church in Boonsboro MD. As high schoolers, he played ball and I swam and, together, we discerned where the Lord was leading us. When I was 17, I heard a strong call to go into ministry. This was a surprise to Jon who was looking forward to his years of living in a church parsonage coming to an end. His path led him to the University of MD, where he played in the marching band and earned a degree in History and Secondary Education. I attended Western Maryland College, where I swam for the college team and studied World Religion, Psychology, and Sports Coaching. After graduation, the Bishop appointed me to serve as the associate pastor at Walkersville UMC. The people of Walkersville welcomed me, a 20 year old seminarian, and taught me how to serve among God’s people. While pastoring in Walkersville, I attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and earned a Masters of Divinity. In 2001, Jon and I were married at our home church and we celebrated with family and friends on our family farm in Hagerstown MD.

We were appointed to Mt. Carmel in July of 2003. We moved into the parsonage in Tulip Hill as newlyweds excited to enjoy our new home. Two years later, we were blessed to welcome into our family three adopted children, Christian (now 19), Luis (now 16), and Justin (now 13). They came as little boys full of energy and eager to learn. We are quite humbled by how they are growing into strong and handsome young men. Quite unexpectedly, the Lord chose to add a fourth son to our family. On April 21, 2006 we welcomed Benjamin into the world, followed by Matthew a decade later, blessing us with a remarkable band of brothers.

Coinciding with Matthew’s birth, I was excited to complete my doctorate studies. I received a Doctor of Ministry degree in holistic wellness from Drew University.

These days, our family time is consumed by high school football, YMCA basketball, Four county baseball, theatre, and a whole lot of dirty laundry. In between shuttle trips and chores, Jon and I find opportunities to camp, hike, and search for waterfalls. Travel is also a welcome oasis, especially for me.

I continue to be blessed by the adventure it is to lead the tenacious people of Mt. Carmel UMC and look forward to getting to know you better.

With joy,

Pastor Jenny

About New Market United Methodist Church

Sunday School 9:30 - 10:45 am

Worship Service 9:30 & 11:00 am (Nursery Available)

Office Hours 9:00 am - 2:00 pm  Wednesday , Thursdays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Pastors:  Scott Clawson,  Jennifer Smith