Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Michael Chamberlain
Interim Senior Pastor
Reverend Michael (Mike) Chamberlain is an ordained member of the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served churches in rural and urban settings and worked in annual conference leadership, chairing both the Conference Camping Committee and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. His last pastoral appointment was Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Topeka where he also served four terms as Chaplain of the Kansas House of Representative. In 2007 he was appointed to be District Superintendent of the Kansas City District and served there until his retirement in 2015. During his final two years he was Dean of the newly formed Great Plains Annual Conference cabinet.
Prior to his ordination, Reverend Chamberlain completed a career of over twenty-one years as an officer in the US Army retiring as a lieutenant colonel. While in the military he had numerous command, staff, and flight assignments in Europe, SE Asia, and the United States.
Reverend Chamberlain received his B.S. degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX and an MDiv from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas. His spouse, Judith (Judy), is a former Kansas school teacher and administrator now retired. They have two children: Robert, an Army officer serving in the Washington, D.C. area, and Lisa, a Human Resource Manager living and working in Liverpool, UK.
Following retirement, Reverend and Mrs. Chamberlain and their English and American cocker spaniels spent a year of decompression living in a village in the Black Forest in southwestern Germany, hiking in the forest and traveling throughout Europe. They now live in Crofton, Maryland.
Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson
Minister of Congregational Care
Drema McAllister-Wilson is the Minister of Congregational Care at National UMC. She is an ordained United Methodist Pastor and has been serving in various pastoral settings for the past thirty-one years. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Drema has worked as a Social Worker, Pastor, Chapel Elder, Chaplain and Hospice Chaplain, Death Educator, End of Life Coach and Minister of Congregational Care. She received certification in thanatology in 2006 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and taught a “Spirituality and Loss” class at George Washington University for several years. Drema is committed to helping persons at end of life confront their dying so that they can die peacefully and unafraid. In 2010, she received recognition by the National Council of Churches USA for her ministry of care and compassion for those suffering grief and loss. She is married to Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, President at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. They have four children and four grandchildren. Drema has walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain and enjoys long distance hiking, meditation, reading historical novels, Israeli dancing, poetry, travel, and meaningful conversation! You can email Drema here.
Rev. Janet Craswell
Director of Christian Education
As Director of Christian Education at National UMC, Janet is responsible for overseeing learning programs for all ages, preschool through adult. She is an ordained United Methodist Deacon, and the former Chair of the Order of Deacons of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
Previously, Janet served as Minister of Spiritual Formation at Salem UMC in Brookeville, Maryland. Before entering ministry, Janet worked in the field of international development studies as an academic journal editor and an anti-apartheid activist. Janet is excited about Christian education and spiritual formation as tools to equip Christians to live out our faith in the world. She especially enjoys storytelling and play-filled, imaginative ways of sharing the Gospel with children and adults.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Janet has lived in the DC metro area since 1985. She has a BA in Political Science and German from the University of Puget Sound, an MA in International Relations/African Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary. She lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband, Gene Beye. They have two young adult sons, David and Noah. You can email Janet here.