Molly Dowell Baum (she/her) started as the Youth Director during the Pandemic and is curiously following where the Spirit may lead in this “brave new world.”
Molly is a musical theatre artist, an ordained Presbyterian minister, spouse to Ryan (she/her), and co-parent of their two phenomenal kids. Her family relocated to Ryan’s hometown of Albany at the beginning of 2020. Molly grew up in Atchison, Kansas, studied drama at New York University in New York City, and then studied ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary in California. Molly served as the 2010-2012 Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow, a program of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC, which included a year living in Zambia and training leaders throughout the country with Theological Education by Extension in Zambia (TEEZ) and traveling throughout Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.
For the past 7 years, Molly lived in Northwest Iowa, where her two kids were born, and where she worked full-time as a radical homemaker, and part-time as a coordinator and teacher of a Montessori-based spiritual education program for children called Godly Play, and as an Adult English teacher for immigrants and refugees.
In her spare time, Molly cooks, gardens, and frolics with her children and loved ones. You may also see her onstage performing in a play or musical!