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Home truly is wehre the heart is, and currently, Pastor Laura's home and heart reside in Baltimore. Pastor Laura is a first-time Baltimorean and newly appointed Pastor of MVPUMC. She is a dauthter of Burundian parents, and takes pride in her cultural heritige and influences.

She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with a Master of Divinity as a Missional Fellow. She is excited to be serving in the beautiful, historic and diverse community of Mount Vernon in Baltimore.

Pastor Laura has been enriched by her cultural, intellectual and life experiences and is looking forward to incorporating her diverse influences into the Mt. Vernon Community. Her vision is to strengthen and sustain MVPUMC. For her, a strong community is a community that matters.

Pastor Laura also enjoys long walks through adventurous places, expressive art, eclectic live music and food -- Lots of food.

Homeretta Ayala, Music Director

Ms. Ayala is the Director of Music Ministries at Mt. Vernon Place UMC. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Florida State University, A Masters in Music Education from Towson State University, a Masters in Library Media from Western Maryland and is currently receiving a Masters certificate in ESOL from the University of Maryland.

She has been actively involved in church music as organist, choir director and/or music director for 50 years. Her choirs have performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, America Sings in Washington D.C. and performed throughout England. She has presented concerts in Europe, the Virgin Islands and Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is also a published composer.

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