July 2017

Scott Clifton has been appointed to Chambers United Methodist Church in Trenton

About Scott Clifton
Scott Clifton is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. He is working to complete a Masters of Divinity at Drew University Theological School. He has served as Assistant Pastor at  Jackson United Methodist  Church for two years and as youth leader at St. Andrew United Methodist Church four years. Scott believes that the way we act and the way we share God’s love with others, may be the only time they see the love of Christ. He is married with three children. 

About Chambers UMC
Chambers UMC is a diverse church serving an increasingly diverse community. There is one weekly, traditional Sunday service in partnership with Princeton UMC. The church opens a Threads of Hope clothing closet every second Saturday of the month.

Brendan Galvin has been appointed to First United Methodist Church in Passaic

About Brendan Galvin
Brendan received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2017. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and received a degree in Religious Studies at California State University Northridge. After living in a community ministry house, Brendan decided to go to seminary. He is passionate about community formation, theology and social and racial reconciliation. These passions have led him from the streets of Chicago to the tobacco fields of North Carolina. When he’s not talking about theology or history he’s probably cooking up new foods, listening to new musical artists, or at a coffee shop reading a book.

About First UMC in Passaic
First United Methodist Church, located in Passaic, New Jersey, is a diverse congregation made up of members from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Currently, the church has multiple small groups including United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, Adult Fellowship, United Methodist Youth Fellowship, the Prayer Chain, and the Special Fund Raising Ministry. For ministries in the community, First Passaic contributes to CUMAC, visits the sick in the hospital, visits the local nursing home, and also visits the shut-in members at home approximately four times each year. This church is known for its hospitality.

Jisun Kwak has been appointed to Christ Church in Fair Haven

About Jisun Kwak
Jisun Kwak has 34 years of ministry experiences which include Korean congregations and multi-cultural appointments. She served Gateway North District and Delaware Bay District as the district superintendent. She has a Ph.D in Religion and Psychology and has taught at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Blanton-Peale Institute & Counseling Center. She also served as the pastoral counselor.

About Christ Church in Fair Haven
Christ Church UM is located in Monmouth County between the tranquil Fair Haven Fields and the athletic fields used for various sporting and community events. There is one service a week at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, which consists of a blended service of traditional and contemporary music led by our music director. Christ Church houses a local preschool for over 20 years, hosts AA meetings and Boy Scouts. They have various church events to support community and the conference throughout the year.

Jessica Winderweedle has been appointed to Kingston United Methodist Church

About Jessica Winderweedle
Jessica Winderweedle is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Princeton Theological Seminary, but she also received a wealth of education in organizational management and community involvement during her decade-long career opening and operating coffee shops. Since 2014, Jessica has served as the executive director of Feed Truck Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works through entrepreneurial projects to foster spiritual engagement and a love of neighbor among young adults in central NJ. Jessica enjoys writing, playing the drums, and going to the theatre.

About Kingston UMC
Kingston United Methodist Church is a hub of innovation and young adult ministry.   The church’s mission statement is “Feed More Sheep,” and this mission drives the various ministries of the congregation, including 2 blended worship services, Kingston Youth Collective, and various small groups including Woodworking Fellowship and the (Holy?) Matrimony marriage group, as well as annual outreach events such as the Fall Arts Festival. Kingston UMC is a teaching congregation and provides cohort-based field education opportunities for Princeton Theological Seminary students. Kingston UMC has been home to several recovery groups over the years, and is the base of operations for The Feed Truck.

Gina Yeske has been appointed to Director of Small Groups for the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey

About Gina Yeske
Gina Yeske believes that ministry is mainly about relationships, our connection with God, our fellow believers, the community, and the world. She is excited to partner with pastors and laity in developing relationships through small groups and faith formation ministries. She has witnessed the transformational power of small group ministry throughout her life. Gina enjoys meeting with people and brainstorming. She loves to cook and firmly believes some of the best ministry occurs around a table. Gina graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary; her thesis focused on refreshing some of the disciple making practices of early Methodists. 

About the Direct of Small Groups
The Director of Small Groups leads and inspires the growth in biblical and theological understanding of small groups, and increases the number of worshipers engaged in small groups within GNJ congregations. The Director works with the Connectional Ministries and Regional teams to ensure GNJ is recruiting and equipping transformational leaders so that we make disciples and grow vital congregations to transform the world.

May 14, 2017

Wren Hillis has been appointed to DeBows United Methodist Church

About Wren Hillis
Wren Hillis is an aspiring religious scholar deeply interested in the transformative power of faith through collective encounter. Originally from the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York’s fertile crescent, Wren has a heart for the land and the complex relationships that our communities have with local economics, labor and food. Trained extensively in the Wesleyan theological tradition at Houghton College and Drew Theological School, Wren draws on his gifts as a musician and artist to cultivate inspiring worship experiences and creative opportunities for Christian Education. Wren lives in Hopewell, NJ with his partner Rev. Kate Hillis and their Australian cattle dog, Simba.

About DeBows UMC
DeBows United Methodist Church is located in Jackson Township, NJ. The church is located at one of the busiest intersections in Jackson Township; a township that has a large housing development base and a steady influx of new families. DeBows offers various worship styles, embraces technology, nurtures disciples of all ages and helps their neighbors in various ways, including a food pantry, mission work and sharing facilities with various community groups. DeBows is a certified Welcoming Congregation and is celebrating 120 years of serving God in their community. DeBows UMC has a strong core leadership team, which advocates training, including the Lay Servant Ministry program and strives to maximize the spiritual gifts present within the congregation.

Bernie Khaw has been appointed to Garnerville United Methodist Church

This appointment is in addition to his appointment to Thiells United Methodist Church

About Bernie Khaw
Bernie Khaw was ordained in 2009 as an elder in full connection, after a career as a research manager in chemical engineering in Western Washington and South Georgia. He obtained his M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and was appointed to Thiells United Methodist Church in July 2013.

Bernie and his wife Ruth love to serve Christ through Bible study, music, outreach, and missions. They believe that through God’s grace and mysterious ways, they were called to share the good news of God’s inclusive love. Their children and families live in Brooklyn, NY.

About Garnerville United Methodist Church
Garnerville United Methodist Church is located in Rockland County, New York. Currently, the church has one traditional worship service and an average worship attendance of fifteen people. In close proximity to the church are four other United Methodist Churches: Thiells UMC, La Resurreccion, and First UMC and Trinity UMC (both in Stony Point). During the summer, the church conducts a Vacation Bible School for children in the community in joint service with Congers UMC. Additionally, the church also participates in the Crop Walk, helps with CUMAC, and donates to the Christmas Shoe Box ministry.

Eunkyong Kim has been appointed to Cedar Cliff United Methodist Church

About Eunyoung Kim
Eunyoung Kim is passionate about building a community of faith filled with joy in loving relationship with God. She wants to grow together with her congregation as disciples of Jesus, finding and spreading God’s grace in daily lives. Eunyoung has served for several years in a children’s ministry and as a music director in Korea and in the United States. She has an M.Div and STM degrees from Drew Theological School. Eunyoung is married to JongIn Lee, the pastor of the Church of The Good Shepherd in Bergenfield and has a daughter Sophia.

About Cedar Cliff United Methodist Church
Cedar Cliff has one traditional worship service and current ministries include a Bible study, food & pet pantry an annual CUMAC food drive, wish list and school supplies drive, United Methodist Homes donations, Mission Fund donations, Search for Christian Maturity Leadership participation and Passaic County CASA donations. This church is known in the community as a place for groups and organizations to gather.

Nicolay Petrov has been appointed to Millbrook United Methodist Church

This appointment is in addition to his appointment to Port Morris United Methodist Church in Landing.

About Nick Petrov
Nick Petrov served both in the pastoral ministry of the United Methodist Church and in various ecumenical and educational programs in Europe and in the United States of America. He graduated from Martin Luther College in Austria and earned his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In 2017 he received a Ph.D. in Wesleyan and Methodist Studies from Drew University. He serves at the Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History and at the General Commission on Archives and History. He is married to Stella and they have two children, David and Evangeline.

About Millbrook United Methodist Church
Millbrook United Methodist Church is a small community church located in Randolph Township in Morris County. The church holds one traditional worship service on Sundays. Although the congregation is small, it reaches out to the community through its missions program throughout the year, including collecting and sending coats to those who will need them in the winter months. The church has started a ministry, including a weekly service, at Bright View, an independent and assisted living facility nearby the church.

Patricia Piazza has been appointed to Grace United Methodist Church in Dover and Lower Berkshire Valley United Methodist Church

About Patricia Piazza
Tricia answered God’s call into pastoral ministry eight years ago and has been blessed with serving two small rural churches in the Skylands district for four years as a Local Pastor. She earned an AAS in Computer Information Systems from the County College of Morris while working full time and raising her daughter Maria. For most of her adult life, Tricia has applied her skills in analyzing and organizing data to earn a living with the logistics team of a large retail company. She is passionate about sharing the Gospel and equipping others to share their witness as they grow in faith and understanding through worship, Bible study and the practice of spiritual disciplines. She continues in the Course of Study program so that she can better lead others.

About Grace UMC in Dover
Grace United Methodist Church is located in Dover, New Jersey, an urban community with a large Hispanic and Latino population. There is a traditional worship service on Sundays which includes a children’s message and is then followed by Sunday school. There are two weekly Bible studies. One is held at Lower Berkshire Valley UMC on Tuesday evenings, and the other is a Lectionary Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at Grace UMC. Additionally, the church has a choir, holds Vacation Bible School, and during the school year, has a children and youth meeting on some Friday evenings. Grace UMC is known for its emergency food pantry, holiday food baskets, Thrift Store, and Building Bridges ministries.

About Lower Berkshire Valley UMC
Lower Berkshire Valley United Methodist Church is located in a rural, residential community and has one Sunday blended service. In July 2013, the church joined Grace UMC in Dover for a two-point charge. The churches work well together and even have a joint bible study on Tuesday evenings. Lower Berkshire Valley supports and contributes to various conference missions, Bristol Glen, Ministry at Hope House, a community food pantry, an animal shelter, CUMAC, Roxbury Day of Service, UMCOR and also the Red Bird Mission. The church hosts a Veteran’s Appreciation Day, holds a Community Christmas Concert, supports AA meetings at the church, has a prayer shawl ministry, and holds rummage sales throughout the year.

Marion Sanders has been appointed to East Millstone United Methodist Church

About Marion Sanders
Marion Sanders has been serving churches since 1994 and is currently the coordinating pastor at Springdale UMC. She also has an extension ministry, Emmaus Players, in which she takes around dramas to various churches including “The Mother of Methodism,” the story of the life of Susannah Wesley, the mother of John Wesley. She is married to Edward Kessinger and they have a seventeen year old son, Kieran. Marion is particularly interested in encouraging discipleship, preaching, teaching, spiritual direction and the use of drama in worship.

About East Millstone UMC
East Millstone is located in a residential working class neighborhood. It is somewhat secluded and not visible from the nearest main road. The congregation consists of approximately 15 active members and 20 inactive members. There is one traditional worship service at 11:00 a.m. and a Bible study held two times per month. They support the Somerset County Foodbank and the Covenant UMC free meals program. The church is known for hosting an annual Bluegrass concert, which is well attended by the community.

Eddie-Mae Abu Smail has been appointed to Mt. Zion UMC in Hillsborough

About Eddie-Mae Abu-Smail
Eddie-Mae Abu-Smail was born in Monrovia, Liberia and is the founder of a ministry called Bethel Evangelical Servants Ministry, focusing on humanitarian missions and evangelism outreach. She is a professional singer, having released an album entitled “God’s Angle” and has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Chorale, Peabo Bryson and others. She is dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ through four areas: Worship (Celebrating), Ministry (Caring), Evangelism (Cultivating) and Discipleship (Communicating). Eddie-Mae is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Burgess Abu-Smail for over 30 years and they are the proud parents of two children, Erna and Riad.

About First UMC Mt. Zion in Hillsborough
Mt. Zion is located in the rural/suburban Sourland Mountains of NJ. They have a very strong commitment to mission work and to being an inclusive and welcoming congregation. They strive to make the love of Jesus Christ felt by all who enter our doors. They have an average worship attendance of 27 which is multicultural and inter-generational. They are known in our community as being a church that is filled with God’s love.

Kenny Yi has been appointed to Bountiful United Methodist Church of Martinsville

About Kenny Yi
Kenny is a retired clergy from the New York Annual Conference. His last appointment in NYAC was a superintendent in the Long Island West district. He took an early retirement in 2015 due to his wife, Lisa’s sudden illness. Kenny served in churches including, Christ UMC in Staten Island, New York Plainview UMC in Long Island and Queens Central Korean UMC. He is a mission-oriented pastor with a fervor of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His love of the Lord is witnessed by many people who have been involved in his ministry. His passion for discipleship is evidenced by the growth of all the churches he served and also by 30 churches he helped to start in New York area.

About Bountiful UMC of Martinsville
Bountiful UMC is a newly formed congregation after the merger of the Bountiful Korean UMC and the Martinsville UMC in June of 2016. Bountiful Church is a predominantly Korean American congregation, having relocated to Martinsville/Bridgewater Township after being launched in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Their mission goal is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. They have great interest in reaching out to the unchurched and ex-church attendants to help them become disciples of Christ.

May 7, 2017

Diane Arthur has been appointed to Fairview Village and Rhoads Temple United Methodist Churches

About  Diane Arthur
Diane Arthur has served ten years at John Wesley United Methodist in Bridgeton and was licensed at Drew University in Madison NJ. She graduated with a certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University. Diane began her ministry at St. Matthews UMC in Delair, where she served as the Assistant Pastor for two years. She is continuing her education with Wesley Theological Seminary Course of Study School and will be graduating August 2017.

About Fairview Village and Rhoads Temple UMC
Fairview Village United Methodist Church has met in Camden New Jersey since 1920 when the original group began meeting in a Five and Dime store in Yorkship Square. To this day the church continues to hold worship services and meet the clear and compelling needs that exist in this urban community. Their hope and prayer is to continue the positive presence as the people of God.

Rhoads Temple United Methodist Church is a small membership church with an average attendance of 14 to 16 weekly. The church is located in historic Saddlertown in Haddon Township, New Jersey. There is a Sunday morning worship service, Monday afternoon Bible study and an additional prayer meeting the last Tuesday of each month. Roads Temple also has a monthly outreach program at Fischer House, a boarding house consisting of 13 residents where they minister the word and serve refreshments.

Virginia Cetuk has been appointed to Princeton United Methodist Church

About Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Ginny was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania and attended Lycoming College where she met her now husband, Norman Cetuk. They have two sons, Russell and Mitchell. Upon graduating with a BA Ginny enrolled in Drew Theological School in 1972. After graduating with an MDiv degree in 1975 she became the Associate Pastor of the Martinsville United Methodist Church and completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education. She then became staff chaplain at Overlook Hospital for two years followed by an additional 3 years as Hospice Chaplain. She returned to Drew in 1981 and during her 35 years at Drew served as Associate Dean for 32 years, Dean of Students for 2 years and interim Dean of the Theological School for one year. Her interests outside of ministry including reading, sewing, and gardening.

Trey Wince has been appointed to Princeton United Methodist Church

About Trey Wince
During his years of church leading, planting, consulting and pastoring, Trey has remained convinced that high impact churches are really just churches who know how to take care of the little stuff first. He has served as pastor of Kingston UMC, College Director (serving students at Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities), Director of Young Adult Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville and international missions coordinator with Joshua Expeditions.

About Princeton UMC
Princeton UMC is a diverse congregation with members of all ages from many countries, cultures, and communities. They focus on children and youth, vibrant worship and preaching, outreach, discipleship and caring for one another. Music ministries include preschool through adult and bell choirs. They have two traditional Sunday morning services but are exploring different worship times and experiences to attract younger people. They share space with local organizations and promote interfaith activities. Their most visible local ministry is Cornerstone Community Kitchen. They partner in ministry with Chambers UMC, the Wesley Foundation and Kingston UMC and are a teaching church for Princeton Theological Seminary & Westminster.

Nancy Robinson has been appointed the Branchville United Methodist Church

About Nancy Robinson
Nancy has served six years part-time at Lower Berkshire Valley UMC and four years full-time in the two-point charge of Lower Berkshire Valley and Grace UMC in the Skylands District. Prior to pastoral ministry, she worked as a real estate paralegal and church administrator. Nancy completed the basic course of study through Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013 and is pursuing Associate Membership in the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. She is passionate about creative worship, Bible studies, community outreach, connectional partnering and empowering laity to be the Church. She is married to Michael and they have three grown children and one grandson.

About the Branchville United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church in Branchville is a rural country church located on the town’s main street in Branchville, Sussex County, New Jersey. The ministries of the church include UMW, Sunday School, an active food pantry, thrift store, a newly formed Men’s Group, an Emmaus Reunion Group, and a craft group. There are various Bible studies, an adult choir and the church is actively engaged in Family Promise as well as participating/sponsoring community events at Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and Memorial Day. The church has recently participated in Team Vital and is actively carrying out its plan.

Christopher Stanley has been appointed to Neshanic United Methodist Church (Mosaic Church)

About Christopher Stanley
Christopher will be starting his second year at Princeton Theological Seminary this upcoming fall where he is getting a dual Masters in Divinity and Spiritual Formation/Mission. He passionately believes that the church comes alive when the whole body of Christ recognizes its call to ministry. He has spent the past two years on the Northern Shore Mosaic Team and has learned much about who God is throughout his time there. He is excited to be getting married this summer and is looking forward to what God has in store for him and his wife.

About Neshanic United Methodist Church
Neshanic UMC is a family-friendly congregation located in Branchburg Township. A multi-generational faith community that is part of the Mosaic Ministry program of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. Neshanic offers a dynamic worship and Sunday school for children. Neshantic UMC is active in local mission, supporting SHIP (Samaritan Homeless Interim Program) in Somerville and the Hillsborough Food Pantry. This congregation is also known in the community for a Turkey Dinner held annually on election day and for their participation in the Somerset County 4-H Fair.

April 30, 2017

Hillary Johnson Crute has been appointed to John Wesley United Methodist Church in Bridgeton and Haven United Methodist Church

About Hillary Johnson Crute
Hillary Johnson Crute grew up in Harlem and followed her mother’s footsteps into classical music and became a professional opera singer, making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984. Sensing a return of her original call to ministry, Hillary left the opera stage for the chancel, first as a director of music and eventually as an Elder in Full Connnection. Her gifts include music, worship arts, perseverance, creativity, multicultural competency, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, and a wealth of life experience. She is grateful for God’s guidance and indebted to her late husband, Reginald Clarence Crute, who continues to be her champion.

About John Wesley UMC
John Wesley United Methodist Church’s congregation is made up predominantly of Africian American members but has shown an increase in Hispanic membership. John Wesley’s leadership and members continue to encourage expanded ministry program based on their belief that the Church as a family can complement, nurture and support the growing needs of its children and community. To further these goals, John Wesley is currently reaching out to children through several programs, its youth choirs, Sunday school, children’s church and vacation Bible school & the afterschool program. They have a choir UMW, UMM, Ushers and Food Pantry.

About Haven United Methodist Church 

Haven United Methodist Church is a small church located in a rural community.  The church is warm and welcoming and open to the Holy Spirit.  They have a beautiful parsonage and church and are known for their hospitality and delicious meals.  They are known in the community for an active food ministry.  They participate in the community through the local school system, fund the disenfranchised through a “Needy Fund” and work ecumenically throughout the surrounding counties.  They participate in many charitable services including an active UMW and Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. 

Brett Foote has been appointed as Co-Pastor of Trinity UMC in Spotswood

About Brett Foote
Brett Foote will start his second year of  M.Div. studies at Princeton Theological Seminary this coming fall. He is an Inquirer with the PC(USA). He holds a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies & Student Ministry from Lancaster Bible College and a certificate in Missions & Evangelism, Theology, Apologetics, and Cultural Contextualization from Saints Bible Institute in San Lorenzo, Italy. For almost 4 years he has served full-time as the Director of Student & Young Adult Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg.  He is husband to Laura. Brett and Laura are passionate about: Jesus, the disenfranchised, specialty coffee, family, and travel.

About Trinity UMC in Spotswood
Trinity Spotswood is located in a small town of 7-8,000,but it is surrounded by larger cities (Monroe, Old Bridge East Brunswick). The congregation is committed to ministry in the community and has served as a host site for mission teams doing hurricane relief and houses a community garden that serves the local food pantries. There is one worship service at 11am that blends contemporary and traditional elements. There is a small youth ministry and students attended Ignite for the first time this past year. The church is excited about what God has in store for the future.

Elizabeth Gonzalez has been appointed to The United Methodist Church in Union City

About Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth comes from a Methodist family, has been a leader in the church throughout her life, and has also served as a missionary for GBGM. She has had the blessing of seeing the grace of God reflected in her family and all around her; and has received the call to ministry with the purpose to serve and promote the hope and joy that comes from being disciples of Jesus. She currently works as Director of the First United Learning Center in Union City. She is married to Rev. Manuel Sardinas and together, they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Elizabeth proviene de una familia Metodista, ha sido un líder de la iglesia durante toda su vida, y sirvió como misionera para GBGM. Ha tenido la oportunidad de ver la gracia de Dios reflejada en su familia y a su alrededor y ha recibido su llamado al ministerio con el propósito de servir y promover la alegría de ser discípulos de Dios. Ella trabaja como Directora de First United Learning Center en Union City. Esta casada con Rev. Manuel Sardinas y juntos tienen 2 hijos y 5 nietos.

About The UMC in Union City
Union City is a church composed of various ethnic minorities. Everyone is welcome at the church as this kind of open door policy is encouraged for all members. The membership is primarily first and second generation immigrants. Most speak Spanish more fluently than English, but there is also a minority of English only speakers.

Union City es una iglesia compuesta de varias minorías étnicas. Todos son bienvenidos en la iglesia.  Nuestras puertas estan abiertas para todos las personas. La membresía es principalmente compuesta de inmigrantes de primera y segunda generación. La mayoría hablan español con más fluidez que el inglés, pero también hay una minoría de hablantes de inglés sólamente.

James Lee has been appointed to Conklin United Methodist Church in South River

About James Lee
James Lee currently serves as the Manager of Visual Arts for the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey and has previous served as the Associate Pastor at Calvary Korean UMC for four years. He received his M. Div from Drew Theological School in 2014 and his B.A. from Rutgers University. James is passionate about creative worship, student ministries, and the discipleship of new believers. He has been married to his wife Julie since 2012, and they have two children, Amy and Adam.

About Conklin UMC
Conklin UMC is made up of a diverse group of people from all walks of life within a dynamic age range. There is one traditional worship service on Sunday morning, although they have recently attempted a contemporary service on Saturday evenings. They offer a wide range of fellowship and education-based opportunities, some of which include Youth Sunday School, Adult Sunday School, Book Club, Weekly Bible Study, Independent Bible Study, movie night, annual bazaar, thrift store ministry, food bank, and many other themed events. They team up with the Milltown UMC to offer a vibrant VBS each summer.

Gift Magomero has been appointed as Co-Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Spotswood

About Gift Magomero
Gift Magomero graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelors degree. She has been a youth advisor at Salem UMC, Pleasantville for 2 years. For the past year she has been a part of the Mosaic Ministries with a co-pastor, working with two congregations in the Delaware Bay region. She has enjoyed her time there and has been learning a lot from this experience. She looks forward to see how God can further use her for His ministry.

About Trinity UMC in Spotswood
Trinity Spotswood is located in a small town of 7-8,000,but it is surrounded by larger cities (Monroe, Old Bridge East Brunswick). The congregation is committed to ministry in the community and has served as a host site for mission teams doing hurricane relief and houses a community garden that serves the local food pantries. There is one worship service at 11am that blends contemporary and traditional elements. There is a small youth ministry and students attended Ignite for the first time this past year. The church is excited about what God has in store for the future.

Tori Novak has been appointed to Minotola United Methodist Church

About Tori Novack
Tori Novack is currently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mays Landing. She is graduating in May 2017 from Stockton University with a Bachelor’s in Literature, a concentration in Education, and a minor in Ancient Greek. She is pursuing a full-time career in education. While at Stockton, she was greatly involved with the Christian ministries on campus, Stockton Christian Fellowship and Ratio Christi. She was awarded “Legatus Christi” for her leadership and pursuit of knowledge in Christian Apologetics. She is prepared to follow God wherever He may lead her.

About Minotola UMC
Minotola UMC is located in the Buena Borough area. One of its focuses is providing spiritual growth and service for all people to know the love of Christ through word and deed. There is a traditional service every Sunday at 9:45am and children’s Sunday school at 10am. At Christmas the church helps in providing food and gifts for families in need. Every year the community looks forward to the church’s annual chicken BBQ.

Miso Park has been appointed to Bergen Highlands United Methodist Chuch in Upper Saddle River

About Miso Park
Miso studied Ministry and the Practice of Theology at Hyupsung University in South Korea and graduated from Drew Theological Seminary (M. Div) in 2013. She served in children’s ministry for last 13 years in diverse churches. She is currently serving First UMC in Passaic as a local pastor. She is passionate about family ministry, making disciples, creating small groups and serving community. seeks to build a community of faith where all are welcomed and feel at home. She has a supportive husband, Seungrae, who is pursuing ordination process, and three children; Emily, Daniel and Joseph.

About Bergen Highlands UMC
Located in an affluent suburban town, the church welcomes all people to an open, weekly, informal blend of traditional music and worship. In the summer, there is a casual, café-style worship with small group discussions. In the fall, there is weekly bible study for spiritual growth. The church serves CUMAC food pantry, provides food every month at the St. Paul’s Men’s Shelter in Paterson, and holds a toy drive for the Paterson Boys & Girls Club. The church doors are open to the community for NA and Scouts. The town looks forward to the church’s annual Strawberry Festival, Best Stuff Sale, and Vacation Bible School.   

April 23, 2017

Caelyn Adams has been appointed to Ballard UMC of Asbury Park

About Caelyn Adams
Caelyn will start her second year in the M.Div program at Drew University. She works with the family ministry at Trinity UMC in Hackettstown, NJ and has enjoyed the experiences she has gained. Caelyn is also very involved in the equine industry and loves showing her lesson horse Donogal in local dressage shows. When she isn’t in the barn or at church she can be found singing in Drew’s Pan-African choir, Ubuntu. Caelyn is very excited about the opportunity to work with the Mosaic Ministries team and the ways God will minister to and through her while she is there.

About Ballard UMC
Ballard UMC of Asbury Park, founded in 1891, is located in Monmouth County. Ministries include a Thrift Shop and a Breakfast ministry for the community each Saturday. The community is multicultural, with a population of 15,800. Worship of 25 individuals is traditional. BUMC has active small groups including a weekly Bible study, active UMW and mission opportunities, including Water for Life, an Auxiliary for the UM Homes, backpacks for children and the Mercy Center. They are in partnership with the GNJ small church initiative Mosaic Ministries that stimulates new ways of thinking about local church ministry, mission and leadership.

Jazelis Adorno-Burgos has been appointed to Simpson United Methodist Church in Perth Amboy

About Jazelis Adorno-Burgos
Jazelis Adorno-Burgos was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New Jersey with her family in 2002. A lifelong Methodist, Jazelis believes that we are all equipped by the Spirit to bear witness to the love of Christ and be a catalyst of God’s hope in the world. She is a Lay Missioner through the National Hispanic Plan, a lay servant, and serves on the UMW as the Spanish language coordinator for GNJ. Jazelis, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, also works in the Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery. She is married to the Rev. Hector A Burgos and together, they have four children.

About Simpson UMC (Perth Amboy)
The congregation of Simpson United Methodist Church is known for being friendly and always available to help the community. The majority of the congregants are of Hispanic heritage. There is an active group of UMW and UMM who collaborate in all the aspects of planning the work of the church. There is one worship service on Sunday mornings which is conducted in Spanish with an English translation available. The service contains traditional elements but is also contemporary in style. Sunday Bible School starts at 9:30 a.m. Leadership meetings are on Wednesdays to plan for the church, pray, and have a short meditation.

Sandra Campbell has been appointed to First United Methodist Church of Mount Ephraim

About Sandra Campbell
Sandra Campbell has an Associate degree is in Human Services, my Bachelor degree is in Communications and Marketing and she completed the five year Course of Study at Wesley Seminary. Her ministries include serving six UMC churches in PA and NY. She was born and raised in the beautiful town of Wellsboro, PA. and has two sons – one on earth and one in heaven. 

About First UMC of Mount Ephraim
First UMC of Mount Ephraim has two worship services on Sunday, a traditional service with a sermon in the morning and a contemporary prayer and praise evening service. Sunday morning worship is follow by a fellowship time for refreshments and conversation. The church is actively involved in mission to the community. Ministries include a thrift shop and food pantry, sponsorship of recovery groups, special holiday events for children, involvement with Petpals and Paws for the Soul, the Sparrows program for disabled young adults, and the ONE campaign. The church also strongly supports the conference’s A Future With Hope mission program.

Josiah Chung has been appointed to Cornerstone Church in Ridgewood

About Josiah Chung
Josiah Chung is passionate pastor who loves the local church. He was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in New Jersey, he has a fondness for many things from the northeast corner of the continent (food, music, history, sports, nature, and the diverse people). He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in History and Princeton Theological Seminary for his Masters in Divinity. He is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church (CRCNA) and helped plant a church in Grand Rapids, MI called Living Water. He is happily married to Aileen and has two beautiful children: Sophia (9) and Aaron (6).

About Cornerstone Church
Cornerstone Church recently moved from Hasbrouck Heights to Ridgewood. Most of the members are 1.5 to 2.0 generation Korean Americans, though recently a few non-Koreans have being attending. The church holds a contemporary worship service on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Cornerstone actively participates in the CUMAC Food Pantry in Paterson, at the Nursing Home Ministry in Englewood, at a homeless shelter in the Bronx and also helps with numerous domestic and international missions each year. Since the move in July, Cornerstone has participated in the town street fair and has launched an art ministry for both the community and church members.

David Edwards has been appointed to Califon United Methodist Church

About David Edwards
David Edwards was born and raised in New York City and graduated with a double Major from Iona College, in New Rochelle NY with a BA in Business Administration and a BA in Communications. After many years in the broadcasting industry he answered the call to ministry and moved to NJ, graduating from Drew Theological School in 2005 with his Master of Divinity. He has deep connection to understanding the UMC as a connectional church. He has started a ministry at Brightview Assisted Living Community in Randolph, is part of the Interfaith Clergy Council of Randolph and serves on the Board of Trustees for CUMAC.

About Califon UMC
The Califon United Methodist Church is an inter-generation congregation that serves the Califon area. The ministries of Califon United Methodist include a strong outreach/mission through the Top of the Barn Thrift Shop, a strong music ministry with a chancel choir, a small but active ministry with children and youth that includes Sunday School, Bible study, dinner and breakfast church, which are held throughout the year. A Farmers Market was created for the summer months and a community-wide living nativity is held in December. The congregation is well poised to grow further and explore a deeper sense of who they are in Jesus Christ.

David Gardner has been appointed to New Egypt United Methodist Church

About David Gardner
David Gardner is a second career pastor. He has a diploma in Biblical studies from Trinity College, and 30 Continuing Education Units at Lancaster Bible College. He completed his fourth year of Course of Study at Wesley Seminary, Washington DC. He served as Certified Lay Minister at Chatsworth UMC and as Local Licensed pastor at Cookstown UMC. He has been touched by Christ and moved to share my faith with others. Two major areas of his ministry are to aid the elderly/shut-in and to provide safety, education, and a way to Christ for children. He has been married to my wife Marie for 33 years and have two sons, David and Jennings.

About New Egypt UMC
NEUMC is located in a Central NJ rural community. NEUMC offers a combined traditional/contemporary worship on Sunday morning and a praise worship on Wednesday evening. Ministries include two Bible studies, Sunday school, VBS, prayer shawls, food baskets, weekly food distribution, recovery support group, men’s community outreach, UMW, Christmas boxes, military and shelter care packages, Saturday coffee house, monthly crafting workshops and church dinners. They are best known for their caring outreach in the community and district mission team work.

Chung Kyun Hong has been appointed to Downer United Methodist Church

About Chung Kyun Hong
Chung Kyun Hong has served as pastor of the weekday school at the Korean Community Church of NJ United Methodist since 2011. The vision of his ministry is to build the Early Christian church in which all the differences of races, genders, nationalities, classes, and ages are embraced in the spirit of God. By realizing such the vision, he nurtures congregations and help them to serve local communities. He received a M. Div. from Drew Theological School. He is married to my wife, Ji Sun Lee and have two children, James and Jessica.

About Downer UMC
Downer UMC has a very small congregation, mostly women, located in a rural area. The church is on a busy road and attracts many visitors. In the fall there is a Bible study after the worship service. The women of the church meet once a month, share lunch, and make plans for upcoming events. Projects have included making afghans for the elderly and shut-ins. The church provides food for the local food pantry, runs a beginner’s Sunday school class, and sponsors a child in Ecuador. Downer is known as the “little church with a big welcome.”

Josh Hughes has been appointed to Deerfield and Woodruff United Methodist Churches

About Josh Hughes
Josh was born and raised in Kentucky. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University in December 2010. From 2012-2014 he served as a Discipleship Coordinator at Hillsboro First UMC in southern Ohio and as a Director of Christian Education at New Philadelphia First UMC in northeast Ohio from 2014-2017. Josh is passionate about small group ministry, discipleship, and engaging others in relationships and understanding Scripture whenever the chance presents itself. He will soon be attending seminary. Married to Lindsey for 7 years, they have a daughter that is 20 months.

About Deerfield and Woodruff UMC
Deerfield United Methodist Church is located in Deerfield New Jersey, a small farming community located in Southern New Jersey. They pride themselves with local community outreach programs and missions. They are a close knit congregation, many members families have worshiped at the church for decades.
Woodruff UMC is in a rural area of Bridgeton, known for farming, nurseries, and horse stables. The congregation is mainly seniors on fixed incomes. Ministries and outreach programs include UMCOR, Heifer Project International, Ranch Hope, World Gospel Mission, United Methodist Communities, Red Bird Mission, St. Teresa of Avila Food Program, Osborn’s China Outreach, World Wide Communion, Crakers’s World Gospel Mission, and Joy Phillips World Gospel Mission.

Peggy Holder-Jones has been appointed to Calvary United Methodist Church in Kearny

About Peggy E. Holder-Jones
Peggy Holder-Jones’ fervent love for God motivates her to work passionately “for the joy of the Lord is [her] strength!” In her home church of Roselle UMC, Peggy has served as a Certified Lay Servant, Sunday School Superintendent, and coordinator for VBS. Born in Barbados, she attended CUNY Baruch College and holds a B.B.A. in Business Administration. She received her M.Div. from Drew Theological School in December 2016. Peggy is the Director of Administration and Accounting for a non-for-profit organization in New York City. Two of the greatest jewels in her life are her daughter Alexis and great-nephew Zachary.

About Calvary UMC (Kearny)
Calvary UMC is located in a residential area in Kearny, New Jersey. This is a family church with a traditional service on Sundays at 11:00 AM. There is an annual backpack collection for children in need in Irvington, and this year, seventy-three bags were collected. There is also a Samaritan Purse and the giving of gift cards to local food banks through Stop N’ Shop Food for Friends donations. Every July, there is a week-long Vacation Bible School which receives children from many of the surrounding towns. Additionally, the church’s annual church picnic is in September, and it is open to the entire community.

Manuel Islas has been appointed to Nuevo Nacimiento in Paterson

About Manuel Islas
Manuel Islas is from Puerto Rico, where he developed his leadership in Christian and Pastoral Education in the charismatic church, later in the Methodist Church. After his B.B.A. in marketing, he moved to NJ and will earn a Master of Arts in Ministry from Drew Theological School this Spring. Manuel served at First Church in Dover, NJ in various ministries. He is the Youth Minister at Community Church, Cedar Grove NJ. He’s passionate about worship, preaching, and teaching that inspires others to come close to God in just, open, and transformational ways, within and beyond the walls of the church

About Nuevo Nacimiento
Nuevo Nacimiento is a congregation primarily made up of Hispanic people. The church is developing spiritually by doing ministries of community work, having a music school, and soon a community cafeteria. The congregation is very spiritual and enjoys praising God through music and worship. During the week, there is frequently Bible study and prayer. On Thursdays and Saturdays, the church conducts a fasting period. Thanks to these practices, the church feels joy and hope in their lives.

Hyun Hui Kim has been appointed to Embury United Methodist Church in Little Silver

About Hyun Hui Kim
Hyun Hui Kim was born, raised, and educated in South Korea. Her lived cross-cultural experience has been formative in ministry, embodying beauty in diversity and harmony in difference. She has served in various ministries from Pre-K to adult groups, most recently with the Monmouth Grace UMC in Eatontown. Hyun Hui completed her Master of Divinity Degree at Drew Theological School and currently is a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theological and Philosophical Studies at Drew University. She is passionate about making the Scriptures come alive and have meaning for the daily lives of her congregation.

About Embury UMC
Embury UMC founded in 1869 is located in Little Silver, population of 6,000 in Monmouth County. There is one blended worship service on Sunday morning which averages 35; they have a choir and praise team. Ministries include: 2 Bible study groups, SOS (Serving Our Seniors), partners with LOVE, Inc., community engagement with Scouting, 5K’s, emergency services, Little Silver Day, yoga and painting classes and their Fall Apple Pie Bake. Missions include food pantry to Long Branch, UM Communities, Neighborhood Center, UMCOR, AFWH

Sungduk Kim appointed to Dingmans Ferry United Methodist Church

About Sungduk Kim
Sungduk loves to emphasize the joy of salvation through the loving relationship with God and our neighbors. He also loves to find out, raise and invigorate God-given potentials together in the life of individuals and the church to transform the world. He has served as a youth and children’s director for seven years. He is now at the fourth year of Blanton-Peale Pastoral Counselling Institute. He earned his master of divinity at Baylor University and master of sacred theology at Drew University. He is married to Huijeong for seven years, and has two lovely daughters, Deborah (6) and Clare (3), and another to come in August.

About Dingmans Ferry
Dingmans Ferry UMC is known as the “Little Church in the Woods” and is involved in local and regional service/outreach projects, such as food pantry, VBS, monthly free dinner, holiday events, food baskets, baby blessings pantry and clothing giveaway, college snacks boxes, angel tree, free senior dinner, Outreach Fund, Crop Walk, Red Bird Mission, nursing home ministry, and the Prayer Grove. There are two services on Sundays – a traditional service at 9:00 a.m. and a blended family service at 11:00 a.m. and a Thursday night worship service called “Thirsty Thursday.” The church is known for their Tree of Life Preschool and Kindercamp.

W. Howard Marshall has been appointed to Newport United Methodist Church.

About Howard Marshall
Howard is a retired Elder of the Greater NJ Conference. He is a graduate of Temple University with a BS in Education and Social Work and Drew University School of Theology with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. In his 53 years of ministry Howard has served as an assistant minister at Glassboro, West Creek , Belford, South Vineland, St. Paul’s Brick, Trinity in Pennsville, Union Grove and Willow Grove Pittsgrove Twp., Newfield and as the assistant pastor at 1st Church Millville. Howard and his wife Judy welcome the new beginning of service for Christ.

About Newport United Methodist Church
Newport United Methodist Church has a warm, inviting congregation with a small town feel and members who work well together. They have a choir, adult and child Sunday school classes. They also have an active UMW group that provides food baskets to the needy. They host a soup and rummage sales with excellent community participation. Members gather monthly for fellowship and potluck dinners. The church is active with the Bay Shore churches and participates in monthly hymn sings. They would like to continue to grow in ways that connect in faith with the community.

Latasha Milton has been appointed to St. Paul’s UMC in Mt. Holly

About Latasha Milton
Latasha Milton accepted her call to ministry in 2003, was licensed in June 2004, and was ordained in 2009. Her passion is serving children/youth and marginalized communities. She created and provided oversight for the establishment of a vibrant Children’s Church within the inner city of St. Louis, MO, where she served as the Children’s Pastor for six years. She received a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a M.S. degree in Family Relations and Early Childhood both from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, she is attending Princeton Theological Seminary, pursuing a Masters in Divinity.

About St. Paul’s UMC
St. Paul’s members strive to serve the community by helping those who come in need. They also strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ. They contribute to ministries in Liberia and participate in local ministries. They contribute to food pantries, provide lap robes to nursing home and offer math tutoring. They invite members of the community to participate in programs such as: the single adult ministry, the weekly teleconference prayer call with the pastor and Sunday school. They also encourage visits to their website. They have units of the UMW and UMM conferences. The congregation is predominately African American.

Benny Pillot Leoteau has been appointed to Trinity UMC in Bridgeton

About Benny Pillot Leoteau
Benny Pillot Leoteau received a Bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico in 1981 and a Master of Divinity in 1985 from the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico. He is currently serving at “La Iglesia Metodista Unida en Union City NJ. Previously, he served churches in Puerto Rico, New York and Pennsylvania. He has worked in the social security administration and as a counselor at a mental health / substance abuse program. He was ordained Deacon on 1982 and Elder on 1986, in the Puerto Rico Annual Conference by Bishop Herbert Skeet and has been married to Milagros Soto for 27 years. They have two grown children.

About Trinity United Methodist Church
Trinity United Methodist Church are a family oriented congregation made up of varied ethnic backgrounds with a great heart for God, each other, and the community. They hold one traditional service every Sunday morning beginning at 10 o’clock followed by Sunday School. They hold five classes of varying levels. The congregation is very active in UMW and UMM. They support the local food pantry, Family Promise, and work with Bethany Grace Community Church and Bridgeton Bridges for Growth. They church is known within the community for VBS.

April 9, 2017

Beth Caulfield has been appointed to Sharptown United Methodist Church

About Beth Caulfield
Beth currently serves as the Director of Small Group Ministries and champion of Team Vital for the conference. She previously served as Pastor of North Hunterdon UMC and is a commissioned Elder. Before becoming clergy, she served for 6 years as a full-time volunteer Teaching Director for Community Bible Study International, and spent 10+ years as a human resources professional for various Fortune 50 companies. She earned her MDIV from Drew Theological School and a BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Married to Tom for 25 years, they have three children, ages 20, 18 and 7.

About Sharptown UMC
Sharptown UMC is a large dynamic multi-site congregation with two campuses in Salem (Pilesgrove Twp.) and Gloucester Counties (Woolwich Twp.). The open associate position will serve primarily as the lead campus pastor for Sharptown North (6 years established worshipping 110) and growing. This pastor will be an integral part of the Sharptown pastoral team which is evangelical and has contemporary/praise style of worship at all services. Sharptown North is reaching into the community, connecting with people and inviting them into a relationship with Christ.

Micah Coleman Campbell has been appointed to Hurdtown and Lake Hopatcong United Methodist Churches

About Micah Coleman Campbell
Micah Coleman Campbell was born and raised United Methodist from Washington State. There he earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound before moving to New Jersey to earn a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School. In the meantime, he has worked in both local church and college ministries, loving both. In whatever kind of ministry he’s a part of, Micah is passionate about engaging faith and scripture with all who are interested, seeking to love God and neighbor more and more, day by day.

About Hurdtown UMC
Hurdtown United Methodist Church holds one traditional Sunday worship service. Hurdtown is known for its outreach and mission work, which include Interfaith, Family Promise, Dover soup kitchen, food pantry, holiday food baskets, clothing and school supplies give away, Operation Christmas Child, Breakfast with Santa, Blue Christmas service, bible studies, advent studies, Children’s Sabbath, Sunday school, Prayer Vigil, prayer chain, Thanksgiving dinner, Ecumenical giving and services, and Red Bird mission. Additionally, the church supports a member who is a part of the Emergency Response Team

About the UMC of Lake Hopatcong
The United Methodist Church of Lake Hopatcong is a small congregation with a heart for mission that is located in a suburban setting within a lake community in Morris County. There is one blended service on Sunday mornings and an outdoor service in the woods in the summer. The church ministries include: Bridge Run support (a homeless relief effort), Ginny’s House (relief for domestic violence), Red Bird Mission, and regular study groups (bible/church/social issues). Weekly postings on the church’s front sign have attracted members from the community. (ERT) in A Future With Hope, and the UMW donates $2,500 to various missions.

Jessica Davis has been appointed to Allentown United Methodist Church

About Jessica Davis
Dr. Jessica Davis has served St. Paul United Methodist Church in Mt. Holly since 2013. She is the president and founder of the Faith & Public Policy Institute in Princeton which educates of the faith community on domestic and foreign policy. She authored The One Woman Show: A New Voice in the Desegregation Movement. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University.

About Allentown UMC
Allentown UMC has a blended style of worship that appeals to all ages. They have short term studies on Wednesday evenings and participate in A Future With Hope, CROP CWS, Loaves & fishes, Allentown Food Pantry, Good Neighbor Fund, Food Baskets, Harvest Festival and involvement in ecumenical services and events. Their ministries include a SONshine Club for kindergarten to third grade children, UMM and UMW. Support groups including AA groups, Scout Troops and local groups to use the church for their meetings.

Stephanie Dion has been appointed to Titusville United Methodist Church as a part of Mosaic Ministries

About Stephanie Dion
Stephanie Dion is from Dunedin, Florida and is currently a student at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is in her third year in the dual Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation degree program with a focus in spiritual formation and mission. Stephanie is in the ordination process in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is excited to use her gifts for ministry in the church. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, traveling, and participating in worship.

About Titusville UMC
TUMC is a beautiful country church with ministries that include a women’s Serendipity group, Sunday school and confirmation classes, bible study, and our summer extended VBS program. Ministries outside the church include work with several local food banks and food kitchens. They hold one traditional service weekly throughout the year. In the community, they are known as a “praying church”.

Matt Enzler has been appointed to Titusville United Methodist Church as a part of Mosaic Ministries

About Matt Enzler
Matt was confirmed through Herndon UMC, in 1998, and began to work in missions through Methodist affiliated organizations in 2000. He has led home-group bible studies, service projects, and coached softball teams in a church league. He began a career as an attorney before hearing his call to ministry. He left law and started working in a soup Kitchen through Audubon Park UMC in Spokane, Washington before coming to seminary.

About Titusville UMC
TUMC is a beautiful country church with ministries that include a women’s Serendipity group, Sunday school and confirmation classes, bible study, and our summer extended VBS program. Ministries outside the church include work with several local food banks and food kitchens. They hold one traditional service weekly throughout the year. In the community, they are known as a “praying church”.

Joshua Kraft Gribbin has been appointed to Pattenburg and Everittstown United Methodist Churches

About Joshua Kraft Gribbin
Joshua attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. where he interned at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Chaplaincy Services Branch, worked for The National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Services (NCMAF), and was commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate in the US Navy.  Prior to seminary, he graduated from West Chester University, PA (2012) with a major in Philosophy of Religious Studies and minor in Peace and Conflict. He taught middle school for two years. He has a large extended family, but a small immediate family.

About Everittstown UMC
Everittstown UMC is an historic, rural congregation strategically located at the intersection of two main county roads and shifting demographics. The church has its roots in the area’s long history as an agricultural center with families going back many generations. In recent years families looking for a rural lifestyle while working in major cities have become resident commuters. Everittstown members participate in a traditional 11:00 a.m. worship service. The congregation happily reaches out to all through community involvement, an active UMW & Men’s Group group, the hosting of a weekly AA meeting, participation in missions and more.

About Pattenburg UMC
Pattenburg UMC is an historic, rural congregation offering a traditional Wesleyan worship service each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The membership is predominantly made up of families of European descent but welcomes the changing demographics of the area. It is a multi-generational church with young families, Boomers and retirees. Pattenburg actively supports area food pantries, Operation Christmas Child, Habitat for Humanity, Project Heifer and more. The semi-annual roast beef dinners draw diners from miles around. The congregation also takes care of its own – offering material and spiritual assistance abundantly wherever and whenever it is needed.

Maritza Gonzalez has been appointed to Trinity United Methodist church in Roebling

About Maritza Gonzalez
Maritza Gonzalez was raised in Puerto Rico where she became a missionary through General Board of Global Ministries.  She served two years in Honduras where she met her husband Pastor Mcwilliam Colón. They have worked together in Ministry for the last 8 years. She holds a BA from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a social worker for Board of Social Service in Camden NJ. She is a facilitator for National Plan Hispanic ministries, a lay servant, and serves on the UMW NEJ on the nominations committee. She is a proud mother of two daughter’s Mariellie 15 and Mercedes 13.

About Trinity UMC Roebling
Trinity UMC Roebling is a diverse generational congregation that reaches out to the surrounding community with compassion, caring, loving actions. Trinity provides a food assistance program through partnership with major convenience stores that can provide pre-cooked meals to those in the community. A school of music provides affordable lessons to area students. Trinity has established a partnership with an independently owned day care housed at the church. In addition, an after school homework assistance program has been an extension of this partnership. Ministries include a strong UMW, a newly formed Praise Band and a children and youth group that promotes praise dancing.  

Namjo Jin has been appointed Associate Pastor for the Wesley UMC in Edison and the Trinity UMC in South Amboy

About Namjo Jin
Namjo was born in S. Korea and came to the United States 24 years ago. He received his B.A in History from Kean University in 2005. He received his M.Div from Drew Theological School in 2012. Namjo has been serving at KCC as Young Adult pastor and Grace Ministry (mentally challenged) for the last three years. He feels called to preach and teach the Word of God, and is most passionate about serving “the least of these.” Namjo loves listening to music, watching basketball, and trying out new cuisines and restaurants.

About Trinity UMC
Trinity UMC of South Amboy/Sayreville is located in a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Trinity’s congregation reflects this diversity, welcoming everyone. They have a busy UMW, productive thrift shop, active daycare center, nursing home ministry, and several local mission and outreach projects.

About Wesley UMC
Wesley UMC is located in South Edison. The congregation has been a member of this community since 1959. They have outreach programs that include an active thrift store and active preschool for young children. They participate in a food pantry organized by St. James Church. The youth group participates in the Christmas Child to provide needed items to youth in needy countries. The church also participated in fund raising for other church’s that were damaged from Superstorm Sandy. They celebrate one traditional service each Sunday and are multicultural. They have Bible Study each week and are known for the Thrift Store and active preschool.

Charlie Kinch has been appointed to Porchtown Zion and Malaga United Methodist Churches

About Charlie Kinch
Charlie has been the pastoral assistant of the Somers Point UMC since September 2015, and Good Shepherd UMC since July 2016. He is passionate about proclaiming the Word of God in various new ways; either through social media, or within a simple conversation. Charlie has a heart for worship, youth, and bridging the gap across all divides. He is an avid runner, artist, and looking forward to furthering his education by enrolling in seminary. Above all, Charlie is blessed beyond measure to be called into ministry and to proclaim that Jesus is alive!

About Malaga UMC
Malaga UMC has an active food pantry, feeding an average of 40 families in the community each month. Serving the community through outreach provides a ministry opportunity for members of the church to participate in missions. The church has a blended worship ministry with an average attendance of 40 – 45 people.

About Porchtown Zion UMC
Porchtown Zion UMC serves the community of Newfield, New Jersey by operating a clothing closet open to all, and supporting AA with the use of the church’s social hall. There are three services each weekend: one on Saturday evening and two on Sunday with strong laity participation at services. The church sponsors yard sales each year to raise money for local missions, conducts several bible studies each week, and holds annual special events such as Bring a Friend to worship Sunday and barbecue. Porchtown maintains a strong alliance with Malaga UMC.

Denise Kostiak has been appointed to Wesley United Methodist church in West Berlin

About Denise Kostiak
Denise is a second career part-time local pastor who was appointed to serve Deerfield and Woodruff UMC’s in 2014 and is following the COS program. Her first career was a special education teacher in Franklin Twp. for 34 years. She has served as a certified lay speaker and a pastoral assistant and has participated in Stephen Ministry, IHN Family Promise, NODA training for the UM Homes, and ecumenical endeavors within the community. She enjoys visitation, leading Bible study, and intergenerational activities. She loves Christian Humor, the Jersey Shore, kayaking, and spending time on her 18 ft. boat.  

About Wesley United Methodist Church
Wesley United Methodist Church is committed to continuing its ministry serving God. In addition to weekly worship, holiday services and weekly Sunday School, they have UMW, an annual VBS, and an annual Church Picnic. They participate in a Bible Study, Prayer Shawl ministry, and Parkwood’s Care ministry for the 160 residents at a local boarding home. They have an all-volunteer emergency food pantry and give gifts to the children at Bancroft School. For many years they have led and hosted the community National Day of Prayer Service. They participate in the annual Fourth of July Parade with a float.

Tiffany S. Murphy has been appointed to Barnsboro and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches

About Tiffany S. Murphy
Dr. Tiffany S. Murphy from St. Louis, graduated with a degree in Music Business Management and Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music. When she felt a call to ministry she attended Palmer Seminary earning her M Div and D Min. The last two years she has been pastoring Mt. Zion and Barnsboro UMC through Open Door Ministries. She believes that God wants us to be like the Good Samaritan, who was willing to move beyond culture, class, and education to help someone in need. She believes that we have been called by Jesus, “To go and do likewise”.

About Barnsboro and Mt. Zion UMCs
Barnsboro/Mt. Zion is a two-point charge in the greater Mantua Township area. Mt. Zion has one traditional worship service at 9:00 a.m. Barnsboro UMC has one blended worship service at 10:30 a.m. with an adult Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. This charge has a passion for missions serving those in need through its food pantry, prayer shawl ministry, sponsoring families during Thanksgiving and Christmas, supporting missionaries and helping individuals as the need arises. Both congregations are part of Open Door Ministries and participate in some of its fellowship, and service opportunities. Both congregations have been active in a multi-community ministerium as well.

Sooah Na has been appointed to the Community Church in Hoboken

About Sooah Na
Sooah Na grew up in a pastor’s family in South Korea. Since 2008, she has served Korean Methodist Churches in South Korea and United Methodist Churches in the United States as a children’s pastor, a music director, and a student pastor. She has a great passion for teaching children about Jesus’ love, sharing God’s grace through music, and caring for the world through mission. Sooah received her Bachelor of Theology at the Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea and will graduate from Drew Theological School with her Masters of Divinity in this year. Her hobbies are playing piano, reading books, and singing.

About Community Church in Hoboken
The Community Church of Hoboken is 160 years old and has continued to attempt to change within the community of an urban area. The church continues to be a small multicultural congregation looking at creating a more vital ministry within the community and at expanding the church’s outreach to its neighbor, The Hudson School, as the church joins them in creating a concert series. The church also participates in the community food pantry and sponsors an annual Veterans Memorial Service.

Dario Alberto Perez has been appointed to Trinity United Methodist Church in North Bergen

About Dario Alberto Perez
Dario Alberto Perez has served as a young leader, worship band member, and Sunday school teacher in his local church. He is passionate about his personal discipleship which gives him the opportunity to meet new people. He believes friendship is a good way to reach unbelievers. Dario is currently involved in a various ministries, including helping bring food to his community, counseling, and providing technological assistance to those in need.

About Trinity UMC in North Bergen
Trinity UMC is a small congregation in North Bergen. The worship service in English is offered at 9:30 a.m. and has kept an average attendance of eight people. Recently, a Latino service has begun which is conducted at 11:00 a.m. in Spanish. On Tuesdays, there is “A Way to Pray” where the congregants pray in front of the building for any passerby’s that allow them to be prayed for.

Diane Sommers has been appointed to the United Methodist Church of Matamoras in PA

About Diane Sommers
Diane Sommers has served as a Certified Lay Minister since 2013 at Drew UMC in Port Jervis NY, and is in process to be a licensed local pastor. She is the superintendent and teaches Sunday School, leads a Bible Study in the fall, and fills the pulpit as needed. She is active with UMW. She graduated from Delaware Valley HS, Milford PA. She and husband Ray have been married 42 years and live in Sparrowbush NY. They have a grown daughter and son, three granddaughters and one great-grandson. Diane is enthusiastic to share the Good News of Jesus with everyone she meets.

About the UMC of Matamoras
The United Methodist Church of Matamoras is located in a borough of Pike County, Pennsylvania and is bordered on two sides by the Delaware River and a Pocono mountain on a third side. There is one blended style worship service each Sunday which includes an adult choir and occasional Sunday school youth participation. The Sunday school is a vital part of the church’s ministry and has eighteen children and youth involved. There is an active UMW, Evangelism Committee, prayer group, Sunday school, Bible Study, and CROP Walk Team. The church is known in the community as the home of the Cub and Boy Scouts.

Laura Steele has been appointed as Associate Pastor for the Bridgewater United Methodist Church

About Laura Steele
Laura Steele has been blessed to pastor both the East Millstone UMC and Mt. Zion UMC of Hillsborough for the past year as a part of the Mosaic Ministry program. Laura has a passion for children’s and youth ministry and has been working with young folks for over fifteen years. She served many years as an adult coordinator for the SEARCH for Christian Maturity retreat and while living in Virginia, Laura served as the Director for Christian Formation at Del Ray United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA. Laura is currently attending Drew University where she is finishing up her MDiv.

About Bridgewater UMC
Bridgewater UMC invites all people into an accepting and loving community of peace and refuge to impact lives thorough mission and service. There are two worship services. They have an active youth ministry with mission trips and opportunity for college age young adults and adults.

Taegun Wang has been appointed to Bethany United Methodist Church in Wayne

About Taegun Wang
Taegun Wang is passionate about spiritual sharing in various worships and small groups. He yearns to grow together and extend love to the communities. He has served the Korean UMC of South Jersey, Bountiful Korean UMC, and Diamond Hill UMC in 16 years of his ministries in our Conference. He graduated from Seoul National University (BS), Seoul Methodist Theological Seminary (M. Th) in Korea. He received the Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School, and studied on Early Church History in the Ph.D at Drew. He married to Hyunsook Wang and has three daughters, Kayla, Kathryn and Kristine.  

About Bethany UMC
Bethany is a vibrant community of mostly Korean Americans with a small number of other ethnic group members, comprising of over 1,000 adults and children attending weekly service. Bethany is committed to small group ministries, to local and overseas missions and outreaches, to lay leadership development through active participation in various services and ministries, and to daily devotion to the Word with quiet time. Bethany provides numerous ministries and opportunities which help each church member become equipped for works of service and able to continue to grow spiritually.

Ernie Williams has been appointed to Lumberton United Methodist Church

About Ernie Williams
Ernie Williams is originally from South Africa, where he pastored in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (birthed by British Methodism). He has served in New Jersey at Paulsboro, Ewing Township, Millville, Medford, Hammonton, and DeBows in Jackson. He has served on several Conference and District committees/boards. He strongly affirms the connectional church. He enjoys various worship styles. He values ecumenical involvement. He is deeply committed to mission outreach and relief work local and abroad. A thoughtful preacher, he takes seriously the mandate to “equip the saints.’ He and his wife Erica have two adult children: Tracy and Chris, and three grandchildren.

About Lumberton UMC
The Lumberton United Methodist Church ministries include: Sunday School for children and adults on Sunday mornings, Women Working in Faith, community mission projects, world mission donations, Memorial Day float for community parade, community hymn sings twice a year and packing cookies for the homeless and shut-ins. The church has one service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. It is a traditional service with blended praise and worship music. The ethnic makeup of our congregations is primarily Caucasian.  The church is known for local community projects.

April 2, 2017

William D. Carter, III has been appointed to Pemberton United Methodist Church

About William D. Carter III
William is an alumnus of The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where he majored in classical voice. He graduated cum laude from Eastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He will be graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in May with a Master of Divinity Degree. William has completed internships with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Mowbray Presbyterian Church in Cape Town, South Africa. During his time in South Africa he read scripture in a service led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and preached at his church, St. George’s Cathedral.

About Pemberton UMC
Pemberton UMC is a legacy church steeped in 268 years of history and activity. Each Sunday, they enjoy a blended worship service with impassioned preaching and a diverse music program. Although the congregants are primarily middle-age and senior, they are enjoying an increase in young people and children. PUMC and the UMW serve the community with a food pantry, monthly community luncheons and home and hospital visitations. There is a men’s breakfast, Bible study, local laundry ministry, and adult and children Sunday School.  They are known to be a loving and welcoming congregation.

Nancy Cooke has been appointed to Harmony Hill United Methodist Church in Stillwater

This appointment is in addition to her appointment to Andover United Methodist Church.

About Nancy Cooke
Nancy Cooke has served as pastor of the Andover UMC since 2008. She nurtures small groups and works with surrounding churches to provide ecumenical services. Nancy has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from William Paterson College and music flows naturally into all services. She is an active member of the Skylands Walk to Emmaus community, and has recently served on the Board. Nancy brings the skills of administration and organization to the church and is an effective communicator able to face challenges with love and grace. Married to Ed for 36 years, they have two grown children and one new grandchild.

About Harmony Hill UMC
Harmony Hill UMC has two worship services each week: a Sunday morning traditional service and a Wednesday evening prayer and praise service, with the last Wednesday of the month being a prayer and healing service. Ministries include Christian Education for all ages, youth group, summer VBS, joint holiday worship services with other local churches, a Christmas Eve barn service, a public Christmas concert, participation in community activities, Joint Christian Outreach committee, public open-mic nights, and prayer ministries. Sermons are recorded on YouTube and live-streamed on Facebook. The building is open to outside groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Boy Scouts.

Carla Costantino has been appointed to Walnut Valley United Methodist Church

This appointment is in addition to her appointments at Johnsonburg and St. John’s United Methodist Churches.

About Carla Costantino
Carla Costantino wants every person to know God’s love for them and to realize their part in God’s ongoing saga of grace. She loves helping folks ‘let their light shine’ in the name of Christ. Carla has been blessed to serve at St. John’s UMC in Hope, NJ for twelve years and at Johnsonburg UMC for five years. Her passion is sharing the love of God through mission work locally, nationally and internationally. Her hobbies are quilting, hiking, music and reading. She earned her M-Div at Drew Theological School. Carla and her husband, Larry, have two children, Philip and Elisa.

About Walnut Valley UMC
Walnut Valley United Methodist Church, located in a rural community in western Warren County, welcomes people from all walks of life. Worship on Sunday mornings is filled with a balanced blend of contemporary and classical worship music. All disciples and seekers of any age are welcome during worship through multisensory engagement in exploring the wisdom and fun of Bible scriptures. Working toward becoming a more vital congregation, the church has been praying as they reimagine and reenergize their missions and ministries with the last, least, lost, and the unchurched.

Kyle Cuperwich has been appointed to Chatsworth and Tabernacle United Methodist Churches

About Kyle Cuperwich
Kyle Cuperwich is a provisional elder in Greater NJ and has previously served at Bernardsville, Gladstone and Califon UMCs and Aldersgate in East Brunswick as director of youth ministries. Kyle heard God’s call to ministry while attending Ramapo College in pursuit of a music degree. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary of Wilmore, KY. He currently serves on the Conference Board of Discipleship. Kyle is active in the NJ chapter of the Order of Saint Luke. He is passionate about deepening the worship of faith communities and visioning mission in the community. Kyle is married to Carolyn, a professional musician, and has one dog name Ryder.

About Chatsworth UMC
Chatsworth UMC is a small rural congregation that continues its long standing tradition of being “The Church in the Pines.” It is comprised of 13 members, 8 is the average attendance. The membership reflects the population of the community.

About Tabernacle UMC
Tabernacle UMC is located in Tabernacle Township in Burlington County, NJ. It historically has been a farming community. The church is and older “country church” with deep roots in the community. They have become known as the church which serves the needs of the community. The food pantry feeds approximately 20 families per week. They offer two different styles of worship: tradition (32 average attendance) and Praise and Worship (10 average attendance) on Sunday mornings.

Ellen Cusack has been appointed to Alloway and Canton United Methodist Churches

About Ellen Cusack
Ellen Cusack became a Certified Lay Minister in January 2016 after having served as a Certified Lay Speaker and District Lay Leader of the Gateway South District. She has been a staff member at Sicklerville United Methodist Church for 13 years, currently as the Pastor of Administration. She is a lifelong United Methodist who is excited to be able to serve God loving others, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, and growing the Kingdom of God. She has eight children and five grandchildren and tries to spend her off-time visiting them all.

About Alloway UMC and Canton UMC
Alloway UMC is part of a 2-point charge with Canton UMC and shares one pastor. One traditional/informal service is held at 11 a.m. in Alloway. Canton’s service is at 9 a.m. On the 5th Sunday of a month, services are combined and alternate between churches. Ministries include a monthly UMM prayer breakfast, Vacation Bible School, weekly Bible Study Group. Alloway UMC is known throughout the community for its summer VBS, golf outing, and local fundraisers. Both AUMC and CUMC are seeking opportunities to be a vital presence in their communities. Both are known for their mission fund raising events, Christian Band concerts, and movie nights.

Seunghyun Lee has been appointed as the English Ministry Pastor to First Korean United Methodist Church in Cherry Hill

About Seunghyun Lee
Seunghyun Lee has cheerfully enjoyed serving Union Grove UMC and Willow Grove UMC in Pittsgrove for last two years. He is a passionate disciple who desires to grow together with the congregation in commitment to sharing the love of Jesus in a daily life.  He received a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and Bachelor of Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea.  He and his wife, Joohee have a one month old baby, Eugenie.    

About First Korean UMC in Cherry Hill
First Korean United Methodist Church provides ministry to people in a wide geographical area. They have opened our Family Center for different activities including: Camden Homeless Volunteering, a Korean Food Festivities to support UMC ministry of eradicating malaria in Africa and rebuilding those who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. They provide three Korean worship services and one English ministry service. Korean services are more traditional UMC. The English ministry is mainly a praise service. The congregation is made up of first and second generation Koreans. This church is known to open the door to invite everyone who wishes to know about God.

Mario A. Perez Lemus has been appointed to Iglesia Presbiteriana Metodista Unida

About Mario A. Perez Lemus
Mario A. Perez Lemus has a passion for evangelism, mission, and creating communities of faith. He has served in the Methodist Church in Cuba since 1996, including serving as a Superintendent on two occasions. Mario has also been a professor of homiletics and later a rector of the Methodist Christian Center of Theological Studies. Mario holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in theology from the Evangelical Seminary of Theology of Matanzas, Cuba. He is married to his wife Rebeca and has two sons, Dario and Danaisis, who work alongside him in the kingdom of God.

About Iglesia Presbiteriana Metodista Unida
Iglesia Presbiteriana Metodista Unida has one worship service on Sundays that is a mix of traditional and contemporary hymns that reflect the church’s diversity. The church has the following ministries: women, men, deacons, Christian education (children and adults), stewardship and finance, evangelism, and congregational living. The church is known for its Vacation Bible Class, for distributing food baskets for families in need in Thanksgiving, for a Family Planning Clinic located at the church property, and for Family to Family, a program sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) which provides a free educational program for family and friends of people living with mental illness.

Jacqueline Stow has been appointed to Wenonah and New Sharon United Methodist Churches

About Jacqueline Stow
Jacqueline “Jacki” Stow will graduate from Drew Theological School with her Masters in Divinity in May. For the past two years Jacki has been a part of a team of pastors working with the churches of the Northern Shore Mosaic Ministries. Jacki has enjoyed her time learning from these churches and engaging in new and exciting ministries. Jacki is excited about what the future holds and she cannot wait to see the ways God works through her and her ministry.

About Wenonah UMC
Wenonah UMC has one traditional worship service with an adult choir at 11:00 a.m. and an adult Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. It has a weekday preschool called All God’s Children that has classes for three year-olds and four to five year-old. It is growing in its community involvement through regular programs like Free Coffee Fridays at the local deli during Advent, a Halloween candy giveaway, and an animal blessing service. It generously helps those in need by sponsoring families during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and helping individuals as the need arises. Wenonah UMC shares in the ministries of Open Door.

About New Sharon UMC
New Sharon UMC has one traditional worship service at 9:30 a.m. with a church school during the service. It has a small but growing children’s ministry including the Explorers youth group for elementary school children that meets monthly and a summer VBS. New Sharon UMC has a passion for serving those in need through its Martha’s Cupboard food pantry, sponsoring families during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and helping individuals as the need arises. New Sharon UMC shares in the ministries of Open Door Ministries.

Nova Villa (Novz) Vitug has been appointed to Emanuel United Methodist Church in Springfield and Kenilworth United Methodist Church

About Nova Villa (Novz) Vitug
Nova Villa (Novz) Vitug was born and raised in the Philippines where she served as a local pastor for seven years. She has been leading a Filipino Fellowship in Ridgefield Park, NJ for just over a year. Nova will soon be graduating with a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary. She is passionate in proclaiming the good news of salvation and making new disciples for the transformation of the world. She believes that Jesus the Christ has no body but us. She delights in serving God by serving God’s people, especially those who need God the most.

About Emanuel UMC
Emanuel United Methodist Church is a multi-ethnic church located in the small town of Springfield, NJ. The congregation is composed of Filipino, German, and Latino families. In addition to the traditional services, there are contemporary services and various forms of worship services during the summer. There are six certified and eight local lay speakers who deliver messages through songs, drama, and sermons. The fellowship hour includes lunch wherein members celebrate special occasions like birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and special events. There is Sunday school for children, youths, and adults. UMW collects food and donations for those in need. The church assists homeless people during the winter.

About Kenilworth UMC
Kenilworth UMC is a very small congregation located in the center of town and is known for its Thrift Shop.

Will Walters has been appointed to Tuckahoe United Methodist Church

About Will Walters
Will Walters is an ordained minister of over twenty years. His passion is to mentor people towards a deeper relationship with Jesus. He is community oriented working within schools, on community-government teams, and is currently ministering to the homeless in Atlantic County while pastoring at Trinity UMC, Ventnor. God is blessing Will with the opportunity to see The Spirit breathe new life into existing churches. Will received degrees in Criminal Justice, Biblical Studies, and a Master of Divinity from Bethel University. He has been married for 33 years to Judy. They are blessed with two children and two grandchildren.

About Tuckahoe UMC
Tuckahoe United Methodist is located in a rural setting about 25 miles south of Atlantic City. They hold one traditional service a week at 10:30am each Sunday. The congregation is made up of longtime members, many of whom attended as children. About 20 percent are younger families with children and about 30 percent are single people. They offer MYF, Sunday School, VBS, Grief Share support program, and a Cancer Support Group. They are known in the community for an annual Christmas Bazaar and an annual venison and spaghetti dinners.

Myounghun Stephen Yun has been appointed to Succasunna United Methodist Church

About Myounghun Stephen Yun
Myounghun Stephen Yun understands pastoral ministry as a life-giving and life-changing process. He equips and empowers congregations for healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling, and liberating ministry. Myounghun has served in ministry for 10 years, currently at Asbury UMC in Woodstown. He has also worked at a hospice, hospitals, and a domestic violence shelter. He earned his M.Div from Emory Univ., Sacred Theology of Master at Yale Divinity School. After completing his Ph.D in Religion, Psychology, and Culture at Vanderbilt Univ., he taught courses at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Myounghun and wife Soyoun have two children, Emma and Nathan, and are expecting a third child.

About Succasunna UMC
Succasunna United Methodist Church is a growing, vital congregation serving western Morris County. The congregation has an average worship attendance of 150 in two worship services – one contemporary and one traditional. There is an active Sunday school, VBS, youth program, adult bible studies, small groups and an active mission program. The church is actively involved within the community and with other faith communities, especially in the 9/11 Roxbury Day of Service. The music ministry includes a praise band, a children’s choir and an adult choir. Laity are highly active in the mission and ministry of the church.

March 26, 2017

Sung Chun Ahn appointed to Berlin Centenary United Methodist Church has

About Sung Chun Ahn
Sung Chun Ahn has served First Korean UMC for 9 years as an associate pastor, 4 years part time and 5 years full time. He has led young adult groups and high school student’s Bible studies, served as music director of the Joshua praise team and oversaw all Community Center programs. He loves to play sports and is a highly talented musician who can play: piano, guitar, and the drums. Sung Chun received his Bachelor of Theology at Methodist Theology University in Seoul, Korea, and his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School. He is married to Minju Gu, and has three children.

About Berlin Centenary UMC
Berlin Centenary United Methodist Church is committed to doing ministry regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, physical/mental ability, or religious affiliation. Church worship includes lay participation, choirs, special music, Fellowship Time, audiovisual; Sunday School; along with an active UMW, Bible Study, VBS; cooperative Food Pantry; Nursery School; prayer shawl ministry; Parkwood’s Care worship and ministry; AA; Prayer Team; visitation ministry; World Aides Day Ministry; College student connections ministry; making up of Back Packs & collections of furniture, shoes, etc. for the needy and a therapy dog ministry.

Michael Bill has been appointed to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Turnersville

About Michael Bill
Michael Bill has served the Sharptown United Methodist Church since 2002 as Associate Pastor.  During that time, Mike was instrumental in discipleship, leadership development, the creation of a small group ministry, and the launch of a second campus. For the past two years, Mike has served as the Campus Pastor of Sharptown North. Mike is a strategic thinking, effective communicator, and gifted administrator. Mike has served on the Delaware Bay District Committee on Ministry as well as previously as the District Youth Coordinator. Mike has been married to Rachael for 17 years and has three growing boys:  Caleb (14), Eli (12), and Isaac (10).

About St. John’s UMC in Turnersville
St. John’s is a suburban church in southern New Jersey. We average an attendance of 300-400 in worship each Sunday. There are two services, one traditional and one contemporary. They offer a variety of ministries: men’s and women’s groups, music, youth, children’s and small group ministries. Outreach ministries include family dinners, food pantry (social concerns), clothing (Lord’s tailor) and a ministry for feeding the homeless in Camden each Sunday (Feed My Sheep). The Nursery School is well known and respected in the community. They have a good reputation as a loving, Bible preaching church.

McWilliam (Will) Colón has been appointed to The United Methodist Church of Bound Brook

About Will Colón
McWilliam (Will) Colón is a lifelong United Methodist who was raised in Philadelphia. He is passionate about preaching God’s word, believes in team ministry and community outreach to all. He has a great heart for mission and young people’s ministry. He has served Trinity UMC in Roebling, Grace Union UMC in Blue Anchor, and is a Police Chaplain for the Florence Police Dept. He has served for the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, COMILA, MARCHA and the District Superintendency Committee. He is enrolled at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.  He has been married for 16 years to Maritza Gonzalez and they have three children.

About The UMC of Bound Brook
Bound Brook United Methodist Church located not far from the I-287 and Route 22 intersection, is a fellowship of healing, living, learning, rediscovering and sharing the gospel of salvation. Bound Brook is an accepting church community reaching out to everyone, fashioned after Christ’s love and God’s grace. Bound Brook hosts an active and growing Hispanic United Methodist congregation and is actively involved in mission in the community – including a thrift shop and weekly meal for seniors in the community. The church has a strong music ministry, an active children’s and youth ministry, and a committed UMW.

Jean Arlea-Eriksen has been appointed to Pearl River United Methodist Church

About Jean Arlea-Eriksen
Jean feels called to preaching and teaching in the local church connecting to the community through creative evangelism and small groups.  Jean has served as Associate Pastor at Bound Brook and Chatham, Behavioral Health Clinician at St. Clare’s Hospital and Pastor in Residence at Whitehouse UMC. She holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and a Master of Clinical Social Work from Rutgers. She is finishing her Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University. Jean is very grateful for her loving family including husband Chris, daughter Thea (due in May), and cats Ham and Fig.

About Pearl River UMC
The Pearl River United Methodist Church recently celebrated 150 years of ministry and mission. Ministries include: UMW, Craft Groups, Circle of Sisters, Youth Group, Young Mothers Group, VBS, CUMAC ECHO, RISE, People to People, Mission Trips, Project Joy, Relay for Life, Mission In Action Weekend, Disciple Bible study. There is one Sunday morning service which is a traditional service with a mix of standard hymns and contemporary music and use of audio/visual technology. There are a variety of ethnicities present within the congregation. We are well known for our outreach, train show and talented bell choirs.

Seunghyun Lee has been appointed as the English Ministry Pastor to First Korean United Methodist Church in Cherry Hill

About Seunghyun Lee
Seunghyun Lee has cheerfully enjoyed serving Union Grove UMC and Willow Grove UMC in Pittsgrove for last two years. He is a passionate disciple who desires to grow together with the congregation in commitment to sharing the love of Jesus in a daily life.  He received a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and Bachelor of Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea.  He and his wife, Joohee have a one month old baby, Eugenie.    

About First Korean UMC in Cherry Hill
First Korean United Methodist Church provides ministry to people in a wide geographical area. They have opened our Family Center for different activities including: Camden Homeless Volunteering, a Korean Food Festivities to support UMC ministry of eradicating malaria in Africa and rebuilding those who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. They provide three Korean worship services and one English ministry service. Korean services are more traditional UMC. The English ministry is mainly a praise service. The congregation is made up of first and second generation Koreans. This church is known to open the door to invite everyone who wishes to know about God.

Onay Lopez has been appointed to St. Paul’s UMC in Paulsboro

About Onay Lopez
Onay Lopez currently serves as Senior Pastor of the Bound Brook UMC. In Cuba, he served 14 years as Senior Pastor of Consolacion del Sur Methodist Church which grew from 19 to 130 under his leadership. He has a BA in Biblical Studies from FLET University in Miami and he will have soon a Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School. He serves as the Chair of the Hispanic/Latino Committee of GNJAC. He has a passion for evangelism, mission, small groups and leadership development. He and his wife Odaisy have one daughter and son. 

About St. Paul’s UMC in Paulsboro
St. Paul’s is located in an urban area with a large transient population. They have two different styles of worship with a more contemporary early service and a more traditional later service. The two services are connected by our Fellowship Café where folk can enjoy coffee, juice, and fellowship. They have a soup kitchen/food pantry ministry that has been a staple in this community for almost 30 years. They continue to be involved and engaged in the community and the pastor is a visible presence. Neighbors see St. Paul’s as a place of hope and help.

Jin Oh has been appointed to Olivet United Methodist Church in Pittsgrove

About Jin Oh
Jin Oh is passionate about anything that has to do with Jesus Christ and the gospel of Salvation. He is committed to preach, teach and live by the living Word of God. He has served UMC for the last 18 years and had a privilege of serving Cornerstone UMC for the last 8 years. He received my Masters of Divinity at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a seasoned visual artist who loves to paint on large canvases and enjoys cycling, hiking, fishing, and tennis. He and his wife Nicole, and have two beautiful children, Joshua (Junior in college) and Noelle (Senior in high school).

About Olivet UMC
Olivet United Methodist Church is located in rural Southern New Jersey, Salem County. Set on seven acres, OUM resides in this rural community easily identified by its tall, white steeple. Through October 2016, they held two Sunday worship services; one a contemporary style with a worship team. The second a small, intimate, traditional service. They moved to one united service in November 6.  The congregation is theologically Evangelical and socially conservative. They have an active youth program led by a part time our youth program.

Erik A. Ostrow has been appointed to Haleyville and Mauricetown United Methodist Churches

About Erik A. Ostrow
Erik has served churches in Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties as associate pastor and pastor including a split appointment holding both of those positions simultaneously in two different churches. His ministry interests are preaching, teaching, visitation, stewardship and music. He has more than 30 years of drumming and vocals experience. Erik has been married to Amy for 11 years. Their first passion is for Jesus; their second passion is for retired racing greyhounds. They volunteer with Greyhound Angels Adoptions in Millville, NJ.

About Haleyville UMC
Haleyville United Methodist Church, outside of Port Norris in Commercial Township, is a warm and loving community of faith that hosts the monthly Food Pantry. They are connecting with “Walk to Emmaus” and both generously support local, national and world missions. They share in a joint UMW, Tuesday morning Bible Study and each congregation has an adult Sunday School. These congregations have experienced some growth and want to continue to grow deeper in faith and make an impact in the region.

About Mauricetown UMC
Mauricetown United Methodist Church, is in the center of a Victorian style village, where the parsonage is located, on the bank Maurice River just off the lower Delaware Bay. This congregation draws on its strong heritage to reach out to the community and partners with Haleyville for an active food pantry ministry. These congregations are evangelical and want to continue to grow in ways that connect with the community.

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Leo Park has been appointed to the Korean United Methodist Church of South Jersey

About Leo Park
Leo Park has served Bethany Wayne, Elim in Rahway, Siloam Korean UMC and Old Orchard UMC. He also served the Greater New Jersey Conference office as IT support for 14 years. He is passionate about evangelism and missions. He has served on the Steering Committee and on the Prayer Committee of the Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration, partnering with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary. Leo and his wife are blessed with three children.

About the Korean UMC
The Korean United Methodist Church of South Jersey is 41 years old. It has both traditional, Korean language and English ministry worship services, held Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. respectively. There are daily prayer meetings, Wednesday night Worship, Bible study and Sunday School. The congregation has Korean School that meets Friday nights and growing ministries that include a community garden and outreach to students at Stockton University. Every summer they have boardwalk mission in Atlantic City.

Doug Rea has been appointed to Trinity UMC in South Amboy (in addition to his current appointment at Wesley UMC in Edison)

About Doug Rea
Doug Rea believes that deep inside each of us is a yearning to be connected to God and each other. His style of ministry reflects this as it is relaxed, informal and relational to people. Often this means doing something “out of the box” like CrossGen worship incorporating all generations in one worship experience. Doug has lead the churches he has served to a greater presence in their community, by establishing food pantries, taking worship outdoors and nursing home visitation. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 42 years. They have two sons, Doug Jr. and Christopher and two grandsons Chris and Eli.

About Trinity UMC
Trinity UMC of South Amboy/Sayreville is located in a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Trinity’s congregation reflects this diversity, welcoming everyone. They have a busy UMW, productive thrift shop, active daycare center, nursing home ministry, and several local mission and outreach projects.

Gregory S. Smith has been appointed to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Willingboro

About Gregory S. Smith
Gregory Smith graduated from Princeton High School and attended Rutgers University where he received his BSW and MSW degrees. Gregory served as Director of the Making Visions Possible School Based Youth Service Program at WHS in Willingboro NJ for ten years. In 2007, he answered his call to ministry. In 2013 he became pastor of Bethel AME Church in Pennington NJ. He completed an MDiv. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2015. He briefly relocated to Birmingham, Alabama where he served as pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Trussville Alabama. Gregory is married to Kamarie Smith and is the father of five children and one grandson.

About St. Paul’s UMC
St. Paul United Methodist Church is an intentional multi-cultural and multi-ethnic congregation in a community facing many of the issues of an urban setting. Their current ministries include UMM, UMW, Youth Group, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Prison Ministry, CROP Walk, Bible Studies, Arts in the AM, Growing Gracefully, Outreach, Adult Sunday School, and the Angel Tree. They have participated in Team Vital and currently are implementing an action plan.

Debra Whitten has been appointed to Green Village UMC (in addition to her current appointment at Union Village UMC)

About Debra Whitten
Debra M. Whitten has served four churches since 2000 in two conferences. Her pastoral vision statement is Christ Jesus we proclaim, exhorting everyone and teaching everyone in all Divine Wisdom, so that everyone might be found mature in Christ. To this end I contend with the energy Christ so powerfully works within me (Colossians 1:28-29). Her ministry focus is foundational, so that the church is able to ensure a strong Scriptural establishment as her Disciples seek to go deeper and to reach outward with the capability of making Disciples, as we go!

About Green Village UMC
Green Village United Methodist Church (GVUMC) is a close-knit and welcoming country church. The church is known for its warm and friendly community, regular rummage sales, and annual hot dog supper/Christmas Carol hymn sing where music is provided by the Chatham Brass Quintet. Then, the church walks to the fire house and waits for Santa’s arrival on a fire truck. With a 10 a.m. worship service and small yet dedicated Sunday school and youth group, the church shares a close connection with the local fire department, with the GVUMC pastor serving as its chaplain.

Paul Zorn has been appointed to Drew United Methodist Church and Greenville United Methodist Church in Port Jervis, New York

About Paul Zorn
Paul Zorn is a second career pastor, completing the Course of Study for Local Pastors in 2003 and was elected an Associate Member of the Annual Conference in 2006. He has served 2 point charges for the past 15 years. Paul believes the local church needs to impact its community. He also served as Chaplin for emergency services in each appointment. Additionally Paul has served the annual conference in various positions, most recently as the chair of the Board of Pensions and member of the Connectional Table. Paul and his wife Terry have been married for 33 years and have 4 grown sons.

About Drew UMC
The Drew United Methodist Church, founded in 1838, is known in the tri-state area as a place to go for help provided both by the church and by additional groups that are hosted by the congregation such as AA, NA and Empowering Families. Located within in walking distance of both the residential and community business districts, Drew participates actively in the community, presenting God as a source of strength and fun, including participation in community and inter-church events such as the CROP walk. There is one weekly traditional style worship service, Sunday School, weekly Bible Study and a prayer group.

About Greenville UMC in Port Jervis, New York
The Greenville United Methodist Church, founded in 1881, is located in a sparsely populated rural community just outside of Port Jervis, NY. There is one traditional style worship service at 9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. The congregation is known for its Food Pantry and Vacation Bible School. Its ministries also include their Nurture Committee, Homeless Outreach, Craft-Quilt Outreach and Women in Fellowship. The congregation holds outside Worship at Easter Sunrise and in Greenville Park. There is a Woman’s Group, and Bible Studies. The church also has a Saturday morning Bible School for toddlers through high school which is held every other month.

March 19, 2017

Federico Quezada has been appointed to Grace United Methodist Church in Union Beach and Matawan United Methodist Church

About Federico Quezada
Federico Quezada was born and raised in Dominican Republic. He has served United Methodist churches for the past 17 years as senior pastor, missionary pastor and associate pastor. He is an energetic, dynamic and hard working. His passion is preaching, teaching and helping people to discover God’s calling. Pastor Q, as many affectionately call him, has his Doctoral degree in Medicine, a fellowship degree in Urology and a Master’s of Divinity from Drew University. He is married to his wife Pastor Isabel Quezada, and together they have four children: Gabriel, Esther, Jonathan and Soraya and two grandchildren, Gabriela and Gabriel!

About Grace UMC in Union Beach
Grace UMC is located in Union Beach a working class community in Monmouth County. GUMC is known as a family church. Worship of 35 individuals is interactive and inclusive, while offering a mix of traditional and contemporary music and liturgy which uses technology. They have an active children’s Sunday School, summer VBS and are growing in small group ministries. They host community groups and activities, including: Scouts, Narcotics Anonymous and a yoga group. They have been in partnership with the GNJ small church initiative Mosaic Ministries since 2013 that stimulates new ways of thinking about local church ministry, mission and leadership.

About Matawan UMC
Matawan UMC is known as the “church on the corner” in Aberdeen Twp, of northern Monmouth County. There is one Sunday morning blended worship service that incorporates both traditional and contemporary elements in both English and Spanish for 40 worshippers. Ministries include a food bank, thrift store, rummage sale, flea market, chocolate festival, Friday Family Night, English as a second language, choir, bell choir, Boy and Girl Scouts, Sunday School, youth group, UMW and 3 Bible Studies. They are currently engaged in Team Vital since Fall 2016.

March 5, 2017

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Han Seung Koh has been appointed to Korean Community Church in Englewood

About Han Seung Koh
Han Seung Koh has served the First Korean United Methodist Church of Cherry Hill for the last 12 years where he has grown the ministry membership and finances 250%. He has helped the congregation build the Family Center that offers the community a summer school, senior school, youth orchestra and cultural school. Reverend Koh received his Bachelor of Theology at Methodist Theology Seminary at Seoul and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry at Drew University. His wife is Ellen Koh, and his children are Monica who works in a marketing company in Manhattan, and Timothy who is in the Navy.

About Koren Community Church
Koren Community Church has three Korean worship services, an English service, a Spanish service, and services for each age level from toddlers to young adults and services for people with disabilities. Currently, they support overseas missions to Paraguay, Mongolia and the Amazon. KCC has planted and support 10 churches, a vocational school in Paraguay, CUMAC, Harlem Soup Kitchen, the police department, the fire station and Englewood High School. They have early morning prayer service six days a week and Wednesday evening service and Friday praise service. They have strong small group ministry a Disciples Bible study, men’s Bible study, Bible reading groups, and strong women’s groups.

Wen-Ling Lai has been appointed to Drakestown United Methodist Church

About Wen-Ling Lai
Wen-Ling delights in witnessing God’s often-unexpected healing love and grace in the actions and presence of all creations. Daring to trust and obey her call to the ordained ministry, she left a corporate business development job in 2014 and has not looked back much. Striving to be an apostolic leader, she embraces opportunities to collaboratively engage with the last, the lost, and the least to participate in what God is up to here and now! She very much loves her life & ministry partner Rev. David A. Tillisch and their children Anna and Geoffrey who constantly teach her about God.

About Drakestown UMC
Drakestown United Methodist Church is in a rural/suburban setting of Washington Township in the western part of Morris County. The congregation has an active Stephen’s ministry, UMW, Monday Night Bible study, and a Wednesday Night “Stone Soup” service. The church hosts one OA and six AA meetings weekly. Congregational Outreach includes hosting a “Stop Hunger” event, a very active food pantry, support of the local elementary school, volunteering at CUMA, a free Turkey and free BBQ’s several times a year for the community. The church supports a Future with Hope, Operation Christmas Child, and UMVIM Water Filtration missions.

Ron Smith has been appointed to Trinity United Methodist Church in Mullica Hill

About Ron Smith
Ron Smith has served five churches as senior pastor, has planted a church and has served as youth pastor and associate pastor. Ron has served in the GNJUMC under appointment for 35 years. He loves preaching, teaching, and team building. Ron is an academic with many years of experience in the classroom at the graduate level. He also served as an administrator for a theological seminary. He holds a PhD in intellectual history and enjoys reading and vibrant intellectual growth. He and his wife Dorena have two married daughters in Lexington, Kentucky and Columbia, South Carolina. His recreational love is sports, hunting and fishing.

About Trinity UMC
Trinity United Methodist Church relocated in 2003 to a 16 acre site with plans for further expansion. It has three worship services each week with two being blended and the largest service being contemporary. There are three praise/worship teams, choirs, youth groups, numerous small groups, softball team, support groups, Stephen’s Ministry, and Crosswalk (Sunday school) for all ages. The Church also has an expanding food pantry ministry, partners with Family Promise, runs a summer sports camp, and a volunteer ministry that helps in repairs for families/individuals in need. There are 10 people on staff.

Constance Squire has been appointed to Vernon United Methodist Church

About Constance Squire
Constance (Connie) Squire has been blessed to serve the Dingmans Ferry and Barryville United Methodist Churches as an Associate Pastor for the past two years. Her passion is in outreach to the community and beyond through inclusion of all, in line with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has a social work background which enables her to see the true value of every person. She is excited to start her first full time position building and equipping the body of Christ within the community she serves. She is married to Roy and her sons are Dalton and Garrett Van Der Sluys.

About Vernon UMC
The Vernon United Methodist Church is located in rural Sussex County, NJ. The congregation is a mix of young and old, as well as new and long time members. There are two weekly services (a traditional and a contemporary) and one monthly Wednesday service. The mission and outreach of the church consists of a food pantry, clothing ministry, community garden, Red Bird Mission team, the Skylands Outreach Depot, youth group (middle and high school students) and numerous on-going and short term small groups. The church is known in the community for its free monthly Community Dinners and a “Mommy and Me” group that meets monthly.

February 26, 2017

Hosuk Chung has been appointed to Monmouth Grace United Methodist Church in Eatontown

About Hosuk Chung
Hosuk Chung is an energetic and dynamic leader and a strong supporter of local and global mission. He was raised in Korea and came to the United States to study. After completing seminary at Drew University, he remained here as part of the Greater New Jersey Conference. He has served Pemberton UMC, Neshanic UMC, 1st Mt Zion UMC, and Siloam Korean UMC. He also serves on Board of Trustees and Commission on Communications. He received M.Div from Drew University and studies PhD on Homiletics at University of Toronto. He is married to Sora and they have two boys, Caleb and Nathan.

About Monmouth Grace UMC
Monmouth Grace United Methodist Church is a growing and vital multicultural church. Weekly worship attendance of 340 includes both traditional and contemporary styles Sunday worship with two Korean speaking and one English speaking services; a Wednesday evening service; weekday morning Korean prayer services. Missions locally and globally include: Korean Cultural School, Haiti, Mongolia, CUMAC, AFWH, Jersey Shore Rescue Mission and Eatontown Food Pantry. Many small groups impact the church and community as MGUMC reaches outward for Christ.

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Dawn Corlew has been appointed to Waretown United Methodist Church

About Dawn Corlew
Dawn Corlew wants people to know and experience God’s love and grace. Her Midwest roots shape her philosophy of church – that all are welcome at the table! Dawn loves to be in the community bringing people together in Christ through mission and outreach. Dawn has served as pastor of Bergen Highlands UMC for the past 5 years.  She previously served the UMC of Park Ridge and Medford UMC.  Dawn earned a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). She also holds an MBA from Eastern University concentrating in microfinance, which she researched during a six month residency in Ethiopia.

About Waretown UMC/Barnegat Anew
Waretown UMC serves a small, suburban, coastal town in southern Ocean County. They are known as “The Neighborhood Church” with active participation of about 250 people in the life of the church. Three worship services averaging 171 include Sunday traditional and contemporary with the largest integrated worshipping Deaf disciples (35 individuals) in the nation with children and adult Signing Choirs, and a mid-week youth worship experience. Ministries include UMW, UMYF, American Sign Language classes, Quilters, Knitters, Kids in Mission, Sunday School, adult faith discovery groups, Red Bird, book discussion groups, and Family Promise.

Ben Lee has been appointed to Flemington United Methodist Church

About Ben Lee
Ben Lee is a disciple of Jesus Christ who believes in the church’s ability to create space for the beloved, grace-filled community of God. It’s been his privilege to serve Bridgewater UMC and, previously, Oxford Colonial UMC and Summerfield UMC. Ben is passionate about finding and sharing the stories that reveal God’s story while empowering youth, young adults and people of all ages in lifelong mission and service. His hobbies include playing drums and guitar, hiking, and cooking. He is married to Melissa Lee and has four children: Owen, Finnegan, Colin, and Clementine and a dog, Radar.

About Flemington UMC
Flemington United Methodist Church is a loving and family-oriented church. It is located in the town of Flemington which is in the midst of a major redevelopment project, with hundreds of new families expected to join its multicultural community. The congregation is excited about the prospect of being joined in worship by new neighbors. They intend to act as His disciples as they welcome these families into our church community. The worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. The church is known for hosting an annual revival meeting with guest preachers and musicians, which is well attended by the community.

Yoseb Jeon has been appointed to Hackensack United Methodist Church

About Yo Seeb Jeon
Yo Seeb Jeon is a relational pastor who is eager to see God’s grace and love in people’s daily lives. He is a dedicated Christ follower, passionate about worship, preaching, small group teaching and developing a vibrant faith community. He has served as a youth pastor at Bountiful UMC and currently serves as an associate English ministry pastor at KUMC of South Jersey. Yo Seeb earned his Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School in 2014. He is blessed to have his faithful wife, Yoonjung, and two lovely children, Chloe and Daniel, as his life journey companions.

About Hackensack UMC
Hackensack United Methodist Church is a diverse congregation that reflects a global society that operates with the notion of “Open hearts and Open doors”. Their mission and efforts for the last year has been outreach to the community through small groups, food pantries, CUMAC Echo in Paterson, care packages sent to college students and Shoe Box ministry for global outreach. HUMC alternates two forms of worship services, traditional and contemporary. Additionally, the building is beautiful church with a circular structure. They have Potluck Sunday throughout the year that celebrates diversity and multicultural experiences. They partner with the Korean Church that utilizes our church space.

Grace Pak has been appointed to Director of Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Leadership at the General Commission on Religion and Race

Grace Pak has served in Cross Racial/Cross Cultural appointments for 22 years serving four congregations. Her passion is to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ into the world as a lived reality in all levels of the church, leading small groups focusing on intentional discipleship in the local church to leading organizations nationally to build leadership and community in the United Methodist Church. She is currently serving on CF&A, chairing Northern Shore DCOM and Centenary Fund. Grace is married to Dan, her life-long ministry partner, with two grown children. She loves golfing, hiking, glamping, reading, gardening and teaching.

February 19, 2017

Jana Purkis-Brash has been appointed to Executive Director of the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey

Jana Purkis-Brash has served in ministry at Princeton UMC since 2008. Her passion for outreach and mission is evidenced in her initiating the Cornerstone Community Kitchen and The Feedtruck  Café. Jana currently serves as a Circuit Elder on the Capital District, as a candidacy and clergy mentor, and on the Board of Directors for CCK, The FeedTruck, and United Methodist Communities. Jana is married to Donald Brash a professor at Palmer Theological School. They have one daughter, Leah, and two grandchildren. She enjoys days at the Jersey shore, cooking, walking along the D&R canal trail, and adventures with the grandchildren.

Kevin G. Davis has been appointed to Simpson United Methodist Church in Old Bridge

About Kevin Davis
Kevin Davis is a lifelong United Methodist who was born and raised in rural Southern New Jersey. He has been a full-time local pastor since 2003. Prior to his full-time appointment, he served as a youth pastor, a part-time local pastor, a Certified Lay Speaker and District Lay Leader He has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and served 23 years in law enforcement, 33 years in the volunteer fire service and as Chaplain for Paulsboro Fire Co. and Paulsboro Police Dept. Married to his wife Susan for 33 years, they have four wonderful children, Billy, Joey, Shauna, and Bobby.

About Simpson UMC
Simpson United Methodist Church is located on a main highway in a busy suburban community. They are a diverse, friendly, vibrant, family oriented congregation with many ministries, looking to attract more young families. They have one Sunday service, with the second Sunday contemporary and the fifth Sunday led by youth. They desire to add a weekly contemporary service. With a new building addition, they are developing creative ministries including small groups, all age Bible study groups, Sunday school, music. Dynamic pastoral leadership is needed to encourage growth. There are numerous community partnerships including a thrift shop, Relay for Life and municipal food pantry.

Todd Lattig has been appointed to First United Methodist Church of Newton

About Todd Lattig
Todd Lattig is passionate about building community, leading vibrant worship, Christian Education and equipping disciples of Jesus Christ. He’s served as pastor at Harmony Hill UMC, Director of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol Glen and as Youth Pastor at Vernon UMC. He serves on the Skylands District Youth Committee, the Search for Christian Maturity retreat and the GNJ Commission on Archives and History. Todd has a BA in Philosophy from Montclair State University and an M. Div from Drew Theological School. He is married to Bernadette, has two daughters, a cat and a dog.

About First UMC of Newton
First UMC in Newton is known for two things: outstanding music ministry (chancel choir, bell choir, brass band, and praise team) and active local mission outreach. Over 40% of the congregation is actively involved in one local outreach each month. There are twenty-three active small groups with 160 people participating weekly or semiweekly. The church has been actively involved in community-wide collaborative missions with Norwescap, WIC Food/Nutrition Service, and Atlantic Health System. It will continue to look for more collaborative mission opportunities in the greater Newton area.

Juel Nelson has been appointed to Director of Leadership for the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey

Juel Nelson is a passionate disciple who believes that the recruitment and leadership development of clergy and laity is essential for the growth of vital congregations. In her ministry, she supports and encourages others to live into God’s greater vision. She holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University. She has been blessed to serve Succasunna UMC, Franklin Lakes UMC and Dingmans Ferry UMC. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry as the Candidacy Mentor Registrar. She is happily married to Ted Nelson.

February 12, 2017

Sung Hoon Ahn has been appointed to Ridgewood United Methodist Church

Sung Hoon Ahn
Sung Hoon Ahn has been serving Korean Community Church for the last four years as the senior pastor. KCC has doubled its attendance and grown significantly in professions of faith, participation in small group ministry, mission and stewardship during his tenure. Prior to coming to KCC he served as the Director of Connectional Ministries and the district superintendent in Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and served local churches like Grace UMC in Kearney and Suffern UMC. He is married to his wife Cindy and has three sons (28, 26, and 24). He likes to play tennis, fish, sing and play guitar.

About Ridgewood UMC
Ridgewood UMC share their facilities with Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Ridgewood Cooperative Nursery and Family Promise. Many local groups meet weekly on the premises. They actively support CUMAC ECHO, CROP, CWS, Access Ridgewood, Heifer, Imagine No Malaria, Baby Basics and Habitat for Humanity. They created Ridgewood Cares, hosting local and international organizations addressing issues of hunger, trafficking and poverty. They host an annual Martin Luther King Birthday celebration with the other houses of worship in Ridgewood. They are participating in Team Vital and have a new ministry, Joyful Noise, a service for families with members who have special needs. They have one blended service.

Steven D. Elliott has been appointed to Elmer United Methodist Church

Steve Elliott
A biblical preacher and teacher, Steve Elliott has served the Lord in rural, suburban and urban settings. His ministry in each of these environments produced creative revival services, mission fairs and conferences on healing and wholeness, and children’s outreach events drawing hundreds of participants. In addition to his pastoral duties, he has always taken an active role in the life of the communities he has served, and is a Director of the South Seaville Camp Meeting. Elliott holds degrees from James Madison University (BA), The College of William and Mary (JD), and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.).  

About Elmer UMC
Elmer UMC is an active, historic congregation with two Sunday morning worship services; casual and “family”. The church has seven small groups, two annual cantatas, plays and active involvement in community activities. The congregation touches the community and is active in missions. Local ministries include a community food pantry, soup ministry to shut ins, Christmas presents to 400 homeless children, a missions budget of $37,000 and close ties to Haiti mission. There is Sunday School, youth group with paid youth leader in a separate church youth center in town and a Wednesday night program for elementary school children.

John Inverso has been appointed to First United Methodist Church of Glassboro

About John Inverso
John Inverso is a provisional elder who served Wenonah UMC and New Sharon UMC since 2009 as a local pastor. In 2015 Barnsboro UMC and Mt. Zion UMC were added to his appointment and John helped transition all four congregations into a cooperative parish called Open Door Ministries. John has a passion for youth and young adult ministries and for making disciple makers. He is also serving on the Church Location and Building committee. John has an M.Div from Palmer Theological Seminary and an MA in English from Rutgers University. He is married to Christy Inverso. They have one dog.

About First UMC of Glassboro
First UMC of Glassboro has three worship services. 8:30 traditional, 9:45 contemporary and 11:00 traditional with choir. The music ministry includes a contemporary band, traditional choir, and a bell choir. The church has a strong Sunday School and powerful youth and young adult ministries. First UMC is community minded and has partnered with schools to host Thanksgiving Breakfast and an ESL program. They have a Christmas Stocking Party, Trunk or Treat, VBS, and other events. They are a Theologically Wesleyan church that is finding new ways to bring Jesus to our community and world.

Ilyoung Will Kim has been appointed to the First Korean United Methodist Church

Abouth Ilyoung Will Kim
Ilyoung Will Kim was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. He came to study in the U.S. when he was 24 years old. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Drew Theological Seminary. He is well equipped to be a bridge builder between first and second-generation Korean immigrants. He enjoys working with traditional, contemporary, and multicultural worship. He’s trying to be a transformational, and connectional pastor to develop God’s vision. Also, he is shaping inspirational leaders into disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. He’s married to Esther, and has two teenage boys; Joonha and John.

About the First Korean United Methodist Church
First Korean United Methodist Church provides ministry to people in a wide geographical area. They have opened our Family Center for different activities including: Camden Homeless Volunteering, a Korean Food Festivities to support UMC ministry of eradicating malaria in Africa and rebuilding those who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. They provide three Korean worship services and one English ministry service. Korean services are more traditional UMC. The English ministry is mainly a praise service. The congregation is made up of first and second generation Koreans. This church is known to open the door to invite everyone who wishes to know about God.

Eunice Vega Perez has been appointed to Bishop Janes United Methodist Church in Basking Ridge

About Eunice Vega Perez
Rev. Dr. Eunice Vega Perez is a vibrant, passionate and joyful disciple. She is an encourager of people, desiring to see them develop a deep relationship with Jesus. Eunice is passionate for missions, discipleship and social justice issues. She holds an M. Div. from Drew Theological Seminary and a D. Min in “Church Leadership Excellence” from Wesley Theological Seminary. She has served the Vernon UMC, Trinity UMC in Hackettstown and Butler UMC. She is currently serving as a COSROW Board Member, MARCHA member, BOOM Executive, DCOM, Candidacy and Clergy Mentor. She is married to Sam Perez and has 3 daughters, Keila, Kiana and Elisabet.

About Bishop Janes UMC in Basking Ridge
Bishop Janes United Methodist Church (BJUMC) is an active community of Believers Joyously Unified in Mission with Christ. The congregation strives to welcome all, to grow closer to God and to serve the world. They are active in local and international missions, have a vibrant and active United Methodist Women’s organization, and are working to offer small group opportunities to all of members. They sponsor Little Lambs pre-school as an outreach to the community and have conducted an annual Christmas tree sales event for more than 60 years raising money for charities.

Cyndi Stouffer has been appointed to New Brunswick United Methodist Church

Cyndi Stouffer
Cyndi Stouffer has a heart for ministry that makes room for all at Christ’s table with a focus on building bridges in our world. She has served the Pearl River UMC for 6 years, and Suffern UMC for 2 years.  Cyndi has a M.Div. from Drew Theological School and a background in Music Education and Worship leading. She currently serves as registrar of the Palisades DCOM, member of BOOM and the Episcopacy Committee, as well as a Candidacy mentor. Her husband Steve teaches music in Westfield NJ and they have two teenage sons, Sean and Mark.

About New Brunswick UMC
Located in the heart of New Brunswick, this multi-cultural congregation represents over 30 different nations. Persons of color represent about 70% of those attending worship. An 11:00 a.m. service offers worship that blends traditional hymns with world music, and a newly formed praise service offers a small group of worshipers more informal worship with contemporary music. Current ministries include UMW; the local food ministry Elijah’s Promise; a homeless men’s shelter; after school tutoring at the elementary school; garden beds offered free of charge to New Brunswick residents at Shiloh gardens; opening our Education Building to Narcotics Anonymous meetings and to a preschool throughout the year.

February 5, 2017

Jennifer Cho has been appointed to Bridgewater United Methodist Church

About Jennifer Cho
Jennifer Cho is passionate about building vital congregations and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and her D.Min. from Drew Theological School. She served Newton FUMC for the past 5 years, as well as the UMCs in Mt. Tabor, Westfield, and Englewood. She is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of Pensions, Circuit Elder, Ministry Coach, and Candidacy Mentor. She is married to Rev. Dr. Brandon Cho who is serving as the senior pastor of the Morristown UMC. They have two adult children and a beautiful dog named Mika.

About Bridgewater UMC
Bridgewater United Methodist Church invites all people into an accepting and loving community of peace and refuge that makes disciples of Jesus Christ to impact lives through mission and service. Two worship services (one traditional and one contemporary) are supported by various music ministries. An active youth ministry includes mission trips and an annual mission opportunity for college-aged young adults and adults. Small groups meet for Bible study and fellowship, including a UMW and men’s fellowship. Stephen Ministers offer listening ears, prayer and support. Bridgewater participated in Team Vital this year and are focused on implementing goals to achieve desired outcomes.

Erik Hall has been appointed to St. Andrew’s UMC in Toms River

About Erik Hall
Erik Hall has served as pastor of the Waretown UMC since 2012. Starting in Southern Ocean County as a church-planter in 2010, he has been building community partnerships and developing community relationships while growing a faith-filled, missionally-focused neighborhood church. He serves as the Waretown Fire Co. Chaplain and is a founding board member of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine (a free clinic serving the uninsured). Erik is married to Amy who works as HR Director for Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and tirelessly starts creative new ministries both in the church and community. They have two teen-aged children Austin and Collin.

About St. Andrew’s UMC
St. Andrew United Methodist Church was founded in 1965, located in suburban Toms River. Ocean County is a moderate theological congregation who reaches out to the community to bring people into a relationship with Christ. Two worship services run simultaneously, traditional (sanctuary) and contemporary (fellowship hall). Pastor preaches at each, with outstanding music programs: bell, children, youth & adult choirs and praise bands. Excellent small groups, Bible studies, UMW, UMM and UMYF. Strong local and global mission outreach: founded Meals on Wheels in Ocean County, IHN, AFWH, Camden Neighborhood Center, Trunk or Treat & 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt for the community.

Larry Oksten has been appointed to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Ocean City

About Larry Oksten
Larry Oksten is an ordained elder and has been serving in Greater New Jersey since 2002. He has had the honor of pastoring wonderful disciples of Jesus in New Brooklyn, West Grove/Memorial, and 1st UMC of Glassboro. He has been a member of Conference Church and Society team, District and Conference Board of Ordained Ministry teams, and the District Building and Location team. He graduated with a M.Div from EBTS in and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University. He is the husband of Ginny, father to David and Kyle and “Dad” to Madeline.

About St. Peter’s UMC
St. Peter’s is a large, highly vital congregation located in the heart of Ocean City, NJ. The congregation is a leader in the community and region. Known for its missions near and far including: God’s kitchen, Family Promise, Atlantic City Urban partnership meals, ESL, and trips to build houses in the Dominican Republic. Three Sunday worship services (chapel/Boardwalk, Praise, Traditional) have excellent music of different styles. St. Peter’s houses the local food pantry, provides creative outreach to children and is a caring faith community that attracts, welcomes and helps people grow in faith and make a difference in the world.

January 22, 2017

Frank A. Davis has been appointed as District Superintendent for the Capital District

About Frank Davis
Rev. Frank Davis has been appointed to Superintendent of the Capital District. Currently serving as Pastor of The United Methodist Church at New Brunswick, Davis has worked in a variety of backgrounds and locations throughout the U.S. and the world. He has done extensive work with ‘at-risk’ youth and counsels many across the country. Davis has served churches in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. He holds a B.S. from The University of The West Indies and a M. Div. with honors from Drew Theological Seminary. Davis’ life motto is “only what you do for Christ will last.”

November 13, 2016

Glenn J. Conaway has been appointed as District Superintendent for the Delaware Bay District

About Glenn J. Conaway
Glenn has served in pastoral roles since 1995 at Fairton UMC, Moorestown UMC and Trinity UMC in Mullica Hill.  At Trinity, he helped grow the congregation to 500 worshipers in 3 services on a new 16 acre campus.  Glenn serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry, served two terms on the District Committee of Ordained Ministry, has been a clergy mentor, served on the Board of The United Methodist Homes, was a Trustee for the former Southern New Jersey AC and  received the Denman Evangelism Award.  He is married to Holly (Thielking) Conaway, who is a public school teacher and they have two grown married children.