Rev. Ryan P. Sirmons (email) is the Lead Organizer of Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT) and serves as pastor of the United Church of Christ of Annapolis. Rev. Sirmons has been instrumental in coordinating Sacred Conversations on Race among Annapolis-area clergy and Prayer Walks throughout Annapolis, and has served as Chair of the Chesapeake Association Church and Ministry Commission and Secretary of the Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness.
Prior to being ordained and serving UCCA, Rev. Sirmons studied theology at Westminster College at the University of Cambridge, England, while serving as pastor a historic Congregational church in Essex, England. A native of Orlando, Florida, he also holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA Class of ’02) and the University of Portsmouth, England. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy in December 2014. He has also worked as a journalist in Mississippi, taught physical education in Naples, Italy, and worked in radar mapping for the Royal Navy.
He is married to Irish (USNA ‘03) and they have a toddler son, Floyd.
Maurita Williams-Bowie is the Administrative Assistant of ACT and has extensive administrative experience. Her long-term efforts with the Methodist church includes working with the General Commission on Religion and Race and the Baltimore District of United Methodist Churches.
Maurita received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hampton University. and is awaiting the graduation next year of her son, Brett, from Clark Atlanta University and her daughter, Kennedy Emma, from Hampton University in May 2020. Her oldest daughter, Courtney, works for the state of Maryland in the Healthcare Access division.
The family's Siberian Blue cat, Maxxy, sits with her as she organizes ACT communications.