Pastor & Youth Director
Rev. Melissa Engel, fresh out of seminary with a MDiv from the Iliff School of Theology (Denver, CO) and now a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church with the Rocky Mountain Conference, was appointed by Bishop Grant Hagiya (and lent by Bishop Elaine Stanovsky) to Douglas Community UMC in Douglas, Alaska beginning July 1, 2015. She is also the Pastor for the Cooperative Youth Group in Juneau, AK, a certified spiritual director, a volunteer hospice chaplain, and a licensed massage therapist. She lives with her loving husband, Michael, daughter Sophia, and their 3 pets: Voldi, Sunshine, and Professor.
Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 AM Pastor's Office at DCUMC
Available for Pastoral Appointments and Emergencies
Laurie Clough has been the Music Director since 2001. She grew up in Juneau, and began playing organ at church when she was 16. She graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Music Education, with the organ being her principle instrument. She was a music teacher with the Juneau School District for over 25 years, teaching elementary general music, orchestra, and middle school orchestra, choir, and drama.
Music at Douglas is a blend of traditional, contemporary, folk, and meditative musical traditions, with the organ being used as well as, piano, harp, and occasionally an ensemble featuring guitar, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, and string bass.
The Douglas Choir is open to all singers regardless of background or ability. The choir practices every Sunday from 12:30-1 pm, and performs once monthly, usually on the 3rd Sunday. Ensembles, solos, and guest musician also participate in the music program at Douglas and bring many different styles and expressions of music to our worship services.
Linda Hamilton is the Bookkeeper and volunteer Administrative Assistant. She has been living in Juneau for most of her adult life. In her previous life, she sold office supplies, furniture, and equipment for over thirty years. She hails originally from Boston and she plays accordion, square dances, and keeps active trying to keep up with her five grandchildren. She is pictured here with Rylie and Samantha!