Rev. Alexandra “Alex” Thomas (she/her) has joyfully served alongside the people of Concord-St. Andrew’s UMC since July 1, 2024.  She previously served as Olivet UMC’s pastor in charming Lusby, MD for three years.  Pastor Alex was raised in Columbia, MD as a cradle United Methodist at Glen Mar UMC.  Her enthusiastic participation in VBS, youth group, and many mission trips led her to a 2-week theology program for youth at Duke Divinity School, where she began to discern a calling to ministry.  Pastor Alex went to college at Seattle University in Seattle, WA, majoring in History and Comparative Religion.  She studied abroad in Ireland and Ghana, worked as a Writing Consultant in the Writing Center, and served as the Student Campus Minister for Retreats.  After graduating in 2016, she completed a year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Los Angeles, CA, living in an intentional community and working with people experiencing homelessness.  Pastor Alex was blessed to end up back at Duke Divinity School and earned a Master’s of Divinity in 2020.  A field education experience in Pretoria, South Africa shepherded her into the pulpit, and she has adored the art of preaching ever since.  Pastor Alex is a passionate cinephile and enjoys spending time hiking, reading, fussing over aesthetics, and trying to understand her cat, Momo.