Pastor Kirkland believes the church stands in a long line of Jesus followers called to the beautiful struggle of being a community of faith that centers its life and work around grace, hope and transformation.
A graduate of Emory University and the Candler School of Theology, Kirkland has served United Methodist Churches in Montgomery County since 2006, including a two-point charge and as an associate pastor of a cooperative parish.
Since becoming the pastor of Chevy Chase UMC in 2013, the congregation continues to build on its century of witness and service by focusing on inclusion and hospitality, spiritual growth, solidarity with the poor and oppressed, racial and social justice, and health and wholeness.
As a college and seminary student, Kirkland served with faith-based organizations that specialized in youth empowerment, peacemaking and justice in Atlanta, GA and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Kirkland is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. In addition to serving as pastor of CCUMC, he serves on the conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry, the Greater Washington District Committee on Ministry, and was elected to the conference’s 2020 Jurisdictional Conference delegation. Pastor Kirkland is currently pursuing Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification through the International Coaching Federation.
Pastor Kirkland lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife Jenny Cannon (who is also a United Methodist pastor) and their children Molly and Nolan. He enjoys reading, watching movies, taking long walks, and making homemade pizza with his family.
Pastor Kirkland may be contacted at kreynolds [at] chevychaseumc.org