Rev. Robert G. Kirkley has served the United Methodist Church since 1948.
Before coming to the Church Creek Charge, he served for many years as pastor in Baltimore and then at the Lexington Park United
Methodist Church in St. Mary's County, Maryland. In St. Mary's he also served on the County School Board for ten years, appointed
to succeeding terms by Governor Schaefer.
Since 2001, his ministry has continued in Dorchester County, where he leads the four churches of Church Creek Charge: White
Haven, Milton, Madison, and Taylors Island. An avid outdoorsmen, he enjoys the unspoiled nature of Dorchester and its abundant
wildlife as well as the people of the close-knit traditional communities. A native son of Baltimore, his parents were Rev.
Edward T. Kirkley and Flora Kirkley. His brother Rev. Charles F. Kirkley also served the Methodist Church. He and his wife
Joyce have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
His pastoral assignments have taken him from the western shore to Dorchester County - 1948-1950: Student Pastor, South
Carolina; 1950-1952: Student Pastor, Baltimore, MD; 1952: Ordained Deacon Methodist Church; 1952-1954: Light Street Methodist
Church, Balitmore, MD; 1954: Ordained Elder, Methodist Church. 1954-1977: Pastor, Mt. Washington United Methodist Church,
Baltimore, MD; 1978-2000: Pastor, Lexington Park, United Methodist Church, St. Mary's County; 2000: UMC-Mandatory retirement,
moved to Dorchester County, occasional preaching in the Church Creek Charge; 2001-: Appointed Pastor, Church Creek Charge.
He is the author of "By God, You Can Do It - A Practical Guide to Successful Living" (Ballantine Books, 1985). The book
explains his thoughtful and direct approach to becoming a successful and active participant in God's creation.
Rev. Kirkley encourages all members of the congregation, new and long-time, to be active and join together to share the
good news of our faith and the message of our Savior.
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Meet the Pastor’s Wife – Joyce Kirkley
Mrs. Kirkley is a graduate of Western High School (Baltimore) and Goucher College (Towson) with a B.A. in English. The
Kirkley’s were married in 1955. After marriage, Mrs. Kirkley taught English in for ten years in Baltimore area schools
with time at home and children with the birth of Beth Ann and then Robert Glenn.
When Rev. Kirkley was appointed in Lexington Park and the family moved there, she returned to teaching. In 1984, she received
an M. Ed. from the University of Maryland, then serving as a Reading Specialist. Her 20 years service in education
in Southern Maryland also included teaching language arts, English, and reading at all levels from elementary through
high school. Her professional activities included development of a writing program for elementary students and serving as
a supervisor of practice teachers and instructor at St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s City, Maryland).
Today, Joyce enjoys family, grandchildren, and serving the Lord with her husband, in which she says is “the best
appointment yet – the Church Creek Charge and its wonderful, loving people.” She continues to be active as a Sunday
school teacher and member of UMW. She is a member of the Taylors Island Church board.