Ms. Perry comes to the Meeting House from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, Va., where she served as Director of Youth Ministry from August 2009 to the present. In that position, Mary planned and led youth activities for grades 4 through 12. Those activities included weekly youth fellowship meetings, mission and service activities (including summer youth mission trips), retreats, fundraisers, Youth Sunday, Youth Advisory Committee meetings and special events. Mary is recently received a Certificate in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Mary was ordained as an Elder by her home church, The Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she also served as a Youth Advisor and a member of the Chancel and Oratorio Choirs. She continued her church activities at Colgate University, where she received a B.A. in Art and Art History in 2007, with a minor in Environmental Studies. At the University Church, she was a Deacon and a Steward. She also managed to run varsity track, serve on the Executive Board of her sorority – Kappa Alpha Theta – and participate in the “Swinging Gates” a cappella singing group.
Following college, Mary visited Kenya, where she used her artistic skills to design and execute a large-scale painting. She also organized a fundraiser for the local orphanage. Among other post-college jobs, Mary worked as the co-director of the overnight summer camping program of St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, a program for the children of low-income families in the area.
Mary uses her award-winning artistic skills and her great voice (and musical ability) to advantage in working with youth. At Trinity, for example, she was the co-leader of “The Rock,” a youth rock band that participated in the Youth Sunday activities and performed at services throughout the year.
Mary combines her skills and experience with a contagious enthusiasm and excitement for Youth Ministry.