Morgan Park United Methodist Church Pastor
Reverend Dennis C. Langdon has joined Morgan Park United Methodist Church as the new pastor in July 2011. Reverend Dennis Langdon is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has served at the Vincent, New Gresham, and South Shore United Methodist Church’s. He is a graduate of DePaul University (B.A.) and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Rev. Langdon has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Trinida for twenty-nine years, and is the father of three children, Grayson, Kyla and Naida.
Joy Vogeltanz is a lifelong United Methodist. She has been a member of First United Methodist Church of Evergreen Park for her entire life. She was the youth leader there for fourteen years before answering her call from God. She started at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2015 and plans to graduate with her Master’s in Divinity in 2018. She is a full-time student who is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa honor’s society. When not in school, Joy can be found teaching private music lessons or running sectionals at Evergreen Park Community High School. Joy is currently doing her field placement for her degree at Morgan Park United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church under the supervision of Rev. Dennis Langdon.
Gary Marks, raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, began the study of piano at age five. His father, a Chicago saxophonist bought the family’s first piano when they moved to their home in the South Shore neighborhood. Gary spent most of his life as an antique dealer, but after hearing the call of the rich music heritage that he grew up with, he closed a very successful, twenty-plus year business, packed up and moved to Cuba. While in Cuba, he further honed his musical skills in both the classical and Afro-Caribbean rhythms of his adopted home. While there, Gary also produced and directed the award-winning, feature length documentary “Dream Havana” that captured the unique musical and cultural character of Cuba. After four years, Gary returned to his native Chicago to pursue a third passion in the residential construction and rehab business. Never, however, straying too far from his first love, music, Gary utilized his extensive music training in the Christian church. Gary joined the Morgan Park United Methodist Church as director of music in January of 2015. He takes the leadership of a rich and diverse music tradition at Morgan Park United Methodist. Come to Sunday morning worship to experience the rare and rich music of Morgan Park UMC & it’s world travelled and well-trained musical director, Gary Marks.