By Sharon Mager
COLUMBIA, Md. — Rosalie Chesley joined the staff of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D), effective Jan. 1, serving as the assistant to the Executive Director Kevin Smith. In her new position, Chesley maintains Smith’s calendar, coordinates meetings, assists with executive office communication and helps with special projects.
A member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Chesley grew up in Kingsville, Md. She attended Stevenson University, intending to pursue a nursing major but later changed her major to business communication. Working in the university office while taking classes, Chesley enjoyed administrative work and the environment, especially working in the education sector. Following graduation, she attained an office management position and grew in her skills.
While managing a database at a private school in Roland Park, she discovered that being on the computer all day caused significant eye strain that forced her to resign, heal and rest.
When she was able to return to work, her goal was to seek another job in the education field, but God had a different plan. As she searched, Chesley said, “God closed every door.” She continued to pray, seeking direction.
Another setback, a concussion, caused her to have to rest longer. That’s when she saw the job posting for the executive assistant. It was all in God’s timing.
The job was an answer to prayer. “He’s given me a position directly related to serving people and spreading the Gospel.”
When not in her professional business role, Chesley plays harp, piano and the bowed psaltery. She performs with informal groups and at special events such as Christmas services and women’s retreats. She also enjoys reading, cooking and being outside walking or biking. She can be reached at 1.800.466.5290 x235, or at Rchesley@bcmd.org.