July 18, 2021
Dale Caldwell has been appointed to Covenant UMC in Plainfield
Dale Caldwell has served as one of the lay leaders at the United Methodist Church at New Brunswick for 23 years. He helped to develop and lead the weekly praise service, assisted in preaching, taught Sunday School and served on the Board of Trustees. Dale became a Certified Lay Minister in 2015 and has preached in churches throughout the United States. He has written two books on Galatians 5:22-23 and is a lifetime member of The Hymn Society. Dale graduated from Princeton University, received an MBA from the Wharton School and a Doctorate from Seton Hall University.
July 11, 2021
Alicia Grey has been appointed to Trinity UMC in Highland Park
Alicia Grey has a passion for helping people encounter transformation and healing, so that they can experience all that God has for them. She has a broad background that reflects her diverse interests and skills, including her work as a hospice chaplain and a missionary in Paraguay. She received an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.
June 20, 2021
D. Andre Springer has been appointed to Christ Church Paterson
D. Andre Springer has served at Orange UMC as the minister of music/choir director since 2007. He later became a Certified Lay Minister in 2011. He assisted in preaching, bible study and teaching children to use musical instruments–drums, guitar and piano. He served as a Lay Minister in prison ministry at the Juvenile Youth Detention Centre in Newark, NJ for 10 years, leading in praise and worship and bible study. Springer provided counseling to the incarcerated who were re-entering society. Andre received a B.A. in Business Administration & Finance from Kean University and a paralegal certification from Ashworth University.
May 16, 2021
Daewoung Jo has been appointed to Calvary Korean UMC
Daewoung Jo is passionate about creating excellent worship experiences and cultivating new and young disciples of Jesus Christ. Originally from Incheon, South Korea, he is currently serving as the associate pastor of Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick, NJ. He is a graduate of Drew Theological School (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M), and is currently pursuing a D.Min. Daewoung has professional photography skills, and he is a proud Jokgu player representing the state of New Jersey. He loves grilling and assembling computers himself. He is married to Gihyun and father of two young children, Haru and Hanee.
Junehee Yoon has been appointed to Waterloo Village UMC
Junehee Yoon is a passionate teacher and a compassionate pastor for those who yearn for a home community where the love of God can be carefully interpreted, taught and practiced. Junehee graduated this year with a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics from Drew University. As a Christian ethicist in ministry, Junehee has the vision to build a community of care and justice-making. Since 2003, Junehee has been actively involved with various ministries, including children, youth and young adult ministries. She holds an M.Div. from Drew University (2006 and a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Yale University (2009).
Karen Murray has been appointed to Lumberton UMC
Since becoming a local pastor in 2019, Karen Murray has been serving the Masonville-Rancocas UMC in Mount Laurel, NJ. Along with that appointment, Karen is looking forward to pastoring Lumberton UMC. Karen enjoys sharing her faith with her congregation, family and friends, as well as those she meets in the local coffee shop. Karen is married to Bob and has one adult son, Bobby, a beautiful daughter-in-law, Kaitlin, and two precious grandchildren, Olivia and Ben. Her hobbies include walking the dog (Chloe), exercise, reading and listening to music.
Sueng-Lin Baik has been appointed to Bethany UMC
Sueng-Lin Baik is looking forward to serving the congregation at Bethany UMC after spending the last decade as a senior pastor in Tampa. Previously, he also served at a Korean UMC in Salisbury, MD. A graduate of Methodist Theological Seminary (B.A, Th.M.) in South Korea and Wesley Theological Seminary (M.T.S., D.Min.) in Washington D.C., Rev. Baik is passionate about helping believers discover their spiritual gifts and develop them in a way that produces fruit in a church. Besides serving local churches, Rev. Baik has also worked as a chaplain for the Korean Marine Corps. He and his wife, Hye-Ryoung have two children, Michelle and Jennifer.
May 9, 2021
Amy Hall has been appointed to Lifegate Church
Amy Hall is excited to begin her journey as a licensed local pastor. For years she has served the United Methodist Churches alongside her husband, Rev. Erik Hall. She has discovered a passion for developing new ministries, starting small groups, and designing experiential worship services. She works full time as a human resources director for Meals on Wheels of Ocean County. She feels called to equip and lead fellow Christians into deeper discipleship while navigating the everyday hectic hustle and bustle of life. She and her husband live with their two teenage children and two dogs. She loves reading, hiking, biking, running and pretty much anything that will keep her from having to cook.
Carol Hutchison has been appointed to Good Shepherd UMC in addition to her current appointment at Bethany St. John's UMC
Carol Hutchison is a local pastor who has been serving at Bethany St. John’s UMC in Pleasantville for the past seven years. Carol believes ministry should not only occur within the church but also within the community. Carol has organized and led missions within Pleasantville and Atlantic City. These missions help feed the hungry and provide clothing for those in need. Carol strongly believes that collaboration with other churches assists in serving more communities. Carol also currently serves as chaplain for Journey Hospice. Carol lives in Egg Harbor Township with her husband, Tom, of 48 years and their Cockapoo, Benny. Together they have two daughters and four grandchildren.
ChangYong Shin has been appointed to First UMC of Montclair
ChangYong Shin earned a M.Div. from Drew Theological School in Jan 2021. He has served Woodbridge United Methodist Church in New Jersey as a Christian education minister since 2019. He carried out an internship program at Chatham UMC in New Jersey from 2018-19. He worked as a research assistant of Liturgy/Worship with Dr. Heather Murray Elkins at Drew Theological School from 2017-2019. He served English Ministry at ChungDong First Methodist Church as a staff, in Seoul, Korea, from 2015-2017. He was a youth pastor at Kun-Bit Methodist Church in Yong-In, Korea, from 2011-2013. His pastoral vision is to build the loving/loved church in the local community for God’s Kin-dom.
Daniel Jimenez has been appointed to Lyndhurst UMC, Rutherford UMC & Passaic UMC
Daniel Jimenez has served Tenafly UMC since 2004 as an assistant pastor. Having opportunity to teach Sunday school and learn the various administrative tasks a church needs to accomplish. Called to certified lay ministry in 2012, Dan began serving Westwood UMC as a youth minister. By 2018, he was assigned to First Passaic to assist with the dinner church table. From that point forward, his focus was on small groups and congregational care. Daniel received a B.A. in Mathematics Education from New Jersey City University in 2008. By 2016, he earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Daniel has served the conference as district director of lay servant ministries and working to engage our Certified Lay Minister Program. In his spare time, Daniel likes to hike, road trip and spend time with nieces and nephews.
Megan Mead-Bracknell has been appointed to Vernon UMC
Megan Mead-Bracknell has been active in the UMC since birth. Both her parents and hergrandmother worked at the church, so it has always been a part of her life. She loves serving the Lord through youth ministries, outreach, leading Bible studies and small groups. Megan has held many leadership positions in the UMC and throughout the community. Having spent over 20 years as an early childhood educator, she truly believes that the children are the future of the church. Children and youth should be encouraged to participate in all aspects of ministry and worship. Megan loves serving God with her husband, Clyde and her daughter, Mallory.
Nicole Troast has been appointed to Good Shepherd UMC
Currently serving as associate pastor at Good Shepherd UMC, Northfield NJ, Nicole Troast was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ. Her journey into ministry started in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Coast. Her heart for mission has brought her to areas such as Texas, Costa Rica, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Nicole sits on the board of directors for Building Up Los Cocos: a non-profit helping the community of Los Cocos de Jacagua near Santiago in the Dominican Republic. In addition to her passion for missions, she is equally passionate about developing leaders in the church. She believes that churches become more vital when the members collaborate and work together as the Body of Christ. Nicole likes to focus on vision, mission and structure to accomplish goals. Nicole is married to Greg, her husband of 22 year and enjoys bike riding, running and hiking. She has one son, Nikolas, who attends the University of New Haven in Connecticut. They all live in Northfield under the guidance of their Portuguese Water Dog, Brody.
May 2, 2021
Doug Rea has been appointed to Port Elizabeth UMC and Cumberland UMC
Doug Rea is a recently retired Elder (July 2019) who has served the former SNJAC and the GNJAC for 23 years. Through his ministry, he has connected local churches to their communities by opening food pantries, moving worship outdoors into public areas (beachside, parks) and holding community-based events. Doug’s passion is for preaching, which he engages with imagination and joy. Developing a sermon series is one of his favorite pastoral tasks. Doug has served as an NCD coach, clergy and candidacy mentor, police chaplain and as a board member of Camps and Conferences. He is married to his wife, Lisa for 47 yrs. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Dwight Trotter has been appointed to Ellisdale UMC
Dwight Trotter was born and raised in North Georgia. He attended Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, GA. With a B.A. from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, he will graduate May 2021 with an M.Div. from Drew Theological School. Dwight enjoys singing and listening to music and being with his family.
Jazelis Adorno has been appointed to Crosswicks UMC
Jazelis Adorno was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New Jersey with her family in 2002. A lifelong Methodist, she believes that we are all equipped by the Spirit to bear witness to the love of Christ and be catalysts of God’s hope in the world. She has been involved in the UMW for the past 17 years in various roles, served as chair of the Hispanic National Plan Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Walk to Emmaus community. Jazelis holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Social Science from the University of Puerto Rico. Most recently, she served Simpson UMC in Perth Amboy, where she led the church through a Team Vital process of strategic visioning and renewal. She is married to Rev. Hector A Burgos, and together, they have four children, Fabian, Joel, Marcos and Valeria. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, crafts and hiking.
Karline Dubuisson has been appointed to Suffren UMC in addition to current appointment to Spring Valley
Karline (Kay) Dubuisson, a Palmer Theological Seminary graduate, is an ordained elder in GNJ. Her passion is in community outreach, Christian Education, spiritual formation and pastoral care. As a former nurse and social worker, Kay loves to talk, meet, walk alongside of and fellowship with people from all walks of life. Kay has been blessed to serve on the Connectional Table, Ethnic Local Church Concerns, Palisades District Poverty Task and BMCR. She is married to Edvard, her childhood friend, and they have four children. In her free time, Kay enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa Doyle-Waid has been appointed to Seaville UMC in addition to her current at Sea Isle
Melissa Doyle-Waid is a 2009 graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary and has been a licensed local pastor since 2010. Prior to her service at Sea Isle City, she served First Church of Millville. She has begun the journey toward becoming an Elder. Melissa is married to Travis, and together they have young adult children Abby, Gabrielle and Micah. She enjoys encouraging people to seek deeper and authentic relationship with Christ and then growing in service to God in response to that relationship. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, music ax throwing and spending time with family and friends.
Rutendo Felistas Mahachi and Adrian Mendoza to Green Village
Rutendo Felistas Mahachi was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She is currently enrolled at Drew Theological School, NJ for a M.Div. in Social Justice Advocacy. Rutendo graduated in 2016 with a BSc (Hon) in Peace and Governance from Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. For the past three years, she has been in Fiji serving as a Global Mission Fellow assigned to an Anglican Church organization called House of Sarah, serving as a Gender Justice Advocate. She is passionate about community outreach ministry and social justice. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling, cooking and watching movies.
Adrian Mendoza is a Local Mission Pastor from the Philippines and is currently studying for a M.Div. in Social Justice and Advocacy at Drew Theological School. He holds a B.S. in Human Biology and has worked in corporate and development sectors for about 10 years, doing client services and project management. Adrian has served as a Global Missions Fellow with the Council of Churches in Zambia where he got an affirmation for ordained ministry with a passion for community development, interfaith and ecological justice works. He has also worked as the executive director of Chosen Children Village Foundation Inc in the Philippines and enjoys outdoor and nature adventures as his sabbath time.
Sandra Roberts to Linwood Central UMC
Sandra Roberts is a local licensed pastor and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She has a B.S. from Montclair University and an M.S. from the University of Tennessee in nutrition. She has been actively involved in a variety of leadership roles in United Methodist Churches. She has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with others, hands-on missions and ministering to all ages. She is blessed to be married to Brian and thankful for her children, Alyson and Nathan. Sandra loves watching and participating in sports, particularly pickleball and running.
Timothy Nicinski has been appointed to Sussex Sussex UMC
Timothy Nicinski is a local pastor in the GNJAC. He has served Waterloo UMC for the past 13 years. A graduate of the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Northwestern University) Course of Study, Timothy also has a D.Min. from Drew University. In addition, he holds an M.A. from Centenary and a B.A. from William Paterson. He has been a bi-vocational pastor throughout his career, presently serving at Centenary University as the chaplain. He offers strong leadership in relationship and community building developed over years of public service in education and law enforcement as well as ministry.
William Cosnett has been appointed to Franklinville UMC
William Cosnett earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from S.U.N.Y. Oneonta, as well as an M.Div. and M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. During the last 15 years, his experience includes serving churches in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in Christian Education and Youth Ministry positions, as well as four years as the director of a Reformed Church camp program. His passions include education, youth ministry and lifelong spiritual development. He lives with his wife, Amanda, and their one-year old son, Bronislaw.
April 25, 2021
Amanda Cosnett has been appointed to Almonnesson and Hurffville Bethel UMC
Amanda Cosnett is a licensed local pastor and is on the journey toward ordination as an Elder. She grew up in Hamilton, NJ, and earned a B.A. from Lebanon Valley College and an M.Div. from Drew Theological School. She is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religion and Theology and has served churches in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. She is passionate about worship, children’s ministry, youth ministry and church renewal. She lives with her husband, William and their toddler son, Bronislaw (“Bron”).
Gerri Ridings has been appointed to Bethel UMC
Gerri Ridings, who will graduate from Wesley Theological Seminary’s Course of Study this July, has been a local licensed pastor since 2009. Previously, she worked in children’s, youth and family ministry. Her passions are multi-generational ministry, helping the least and the lost to know Jesus and assisting those who were not raised in the church find their place in the body of Christ. Gerri and her husband Chris have been married 42 years. They have called Cape May County home since 2007. They have five children and eight grandchildren, with two more expected in 2021.
Robyn Clark has been appointed to Atco and Trinity UMC
Robyn Clark has a passion and heart for people, serving in outreach, youth, music and nurture ministries. Over the past year, she has embraced technology, helping churches to expand worship and reach beyond the walls. She is passionate about the Walk to Emmaus movement, serving in a variety of areas, sharing Christ and transforming lives. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach, get together with good friends, and listen/play music. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Childhood Studies and is a Licensed Local Pastor taking Course of Study classes through GBHEM, working towards an M.Div. She is happily married to her husband, Danny for 15 years, and they both love serving together in ministry.
Sandy Callahan has been appointed to South Vineland and Mt. Pleasant UMC
Sandy Callahan is currently serving Friendship UMC in Monroeville, NJ. Over the past eight years plus, she served the congregation of Friendship and the community of Monroeville. During that time, she enjoyed the opportunity to engage the community through church dinners, sub sales, support groups and evangelistic and seasonal events. She is a student at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her greatest desire is to be a witness for Jesus and His great love. Sandy and her husband, Don live in Millville, NJ, where they both enjoy local fishing and other attractions.
Seungrae Kim has been appointed to Cedar Cliff UMC
Seungrae Kim was born and raised in South Korea and earned a M. Div. degree from Drew Theological Seminary. He has served Monroe and Sloatsburg UMCs from the New York Annual Conference since August 1, 2020. He has also completed the CPE Level 1 at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Seungrae is passionate about delivering the words of God to help people reestablish their relationship with God and remind them the love of God. He and his wife, Rev. Miso Park, who serves Bergen Highlands UMC, have three children. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with their children and play tennis.
April 18, 2021
Alfredo Caballero has been appointed to Emanuel UMC of Union City
Alfredo Caballero and his wife, Idian Diaz, have three children: Eliannis, Elizabeth, Alfredo. He studied at the Evangelical Seminary of Matanzas, Cuba and the Methodist Evangelical Seminary in Havana, Cuba. He has a degree in Sacred Theology, and other theological and ecclesiastical credits. Alfredo has 23 years of pastoral experience in Cuba where he was a superintendent and rector and professor of the Seminary in Havana as well as six years of pastoral experience at the United Methodist Church in New Jersey. He is currently pastor of Living Hope Church in NJ. He enjoys presenting to the world the love of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Ashley Wells has been appointed to Centenary UMC of Lambertville
Ashley Wells (she/her/hers), born and raised in Salem, OR, received a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries from Northwest University and will be graduating in May with a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her passions include creating community, advocating for social justice and preaching the gospel. She enjoys teaching about the enneagram and using it as a tool for helping people learn about themselves and others. Her enneagram type is 1w2. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, spending time with friends and walking her dog, Zwingli.
Corinne Arthur has been appointed to Park UMC of Weehawken
Corinne E. Arthur, M.Div., (she/her), inspired to serve in the church has held many leadership positions, and loved singing in the choir. She loves sharing the Gospel with all, from preschool to adult, including taking youth to GNJ’s IGNITE Conferences, engaging in the outreach and nurture ministries of the church, and is a past officer of UMW. She emigrated to Orange with the family from Barbados. Her son, Dashiell and daughter-in-law, Myra have blessed her with a beautiful step-granddaughter and grandson. Additionally, Corinne holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Douglass and completed two years study in Communications Design.
Denise Tiedemann has been appointed to First UMC of Farmingdale
Denise Tiedemann, with over 20 years of ministry experience, serves DeBows and Pleasant Grove UMCs in Jackson, NJ. Prior to this, she served Centenary UMC in Lambertville and Linvale UMC in Ringoes. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, and she has been an intricate part of a church-plant and a church revitalization. Denise loves working with children, having been a preschool teacher as well as GNJ’s Childcare Coordinator. Denise and her husband, Joe have four children and are foster parents. Using her background in performing arts and music, she has helped to develop the Jackson Arts Ministry, which gives children of all ages the opportunity to perform in singing, acting and dance while directing them to a faith in Christ. Her heart for mission has led her to serve with A Future with Hope and the Skainos Project in Belfast, as well as many local mission projects.
George Lagos has been appointed to First UMC of Newfield
George Lagos is a Church Planter, a Licensed Local Pastor and has served on a variety of committees within GNJ, including Conference Director of Lay Servants and Bridgeton Summer Food Program. He feels blessed to serve the Plainville UMC for the past five years. He enjoys his pastoral visits and his devotion to prayer, coupled with his passion for studying the bible, enable him to participate in God’s call on all of us to encourage and guide people into a deeper relationship with God. George also loves working with local Methodist churches through Bible Studies, Prayer Group Meetings and supporting their Food Pantry and Camden homeless outreach project. George is married to his beautiful wife, Andrea, of 34 years and they have four children: Charlie, Timmy, Cristian and Danny. They enjoy going on road trips, but their favorite pastime is going to Ocean City.
HeeYoung Lim has been appointed to First UMC of Passaic
HeeYoung Lim graduated with a M.Div. from Drew Theological School. Before being called to ministry, Heeyoung received a B.A. from Kyung-Hee University in economics and worked in a corporation located in Seoul and its overseas branch in Nicaragua. He is a passionate, creative minister in service to the people of God, building new ministries in Lyndhurst and Rutherford churches. He loves to play table tennis, badminton and just started to learn to ride a unicycle. Heeyoung lives with his wife, Daesun, and their two adorable boys, Ben and Luke.
Michael Turner has been appointed to St. John’s UMC of West Berlin
Michael Turner, born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ, is currently enrolled in the doctorate program at Grand Canyon University specializing in Christian ministries. He obtained a B.A. from Rowan University in Criminal Justice and a M.S.Ed. from Grand Canyon University. In 2017, he received a M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife, Lourdes live in Galloway, NJ where Michael pastored the Oceanville UMC for the past five years. He enjoys spending time with his two children and grandsons, traveling, classic cars and collecting vinyl records.
Scott Rambo has been appointed to First UMC of Collingswood
Scott Rambo is husband to Meg and Dad to four boys; Tim, Ben, Josiah, and Eli. He grew up in South Jersey, graduated from Asbury College with a B.A. in Media Communication, and earned an M.Div. from Wesley Biblical Seminary. Scott has served at Trinity UMC in Mullica Hill since 2017 as associate pastor. Prior to joining the staff at Trinity, Scott and Meg served in Uganda with World Gospel Mission. He loves to see people engage their faith and be empowered to respond to God’s work in their lives. Scott is a reader, runner, guitarist, Philly sports fan, coffee lover and rides a motorcycle.
Stafford J. Miller has been appointed to Asbury UMC of Atlantic City
Rev. Dr. Stafford J. Miller, prior to the pastorate, served as an educator in Paterson NJ, for over 20 years. He received an M.Div. and a D.Min. from New York Theological Seminary. His interests lay in Spiritual Disciplines, Christian Mysticism, Contemplation, and he has been approved by GBHE with a Certification in Spiritual Formation. He is a Certified Spiritual Director, who is devoted to assisting individuals in discovering where God is active in their daily lives and in the culture in which we live, by way of the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit. He served St Philips Ministry in Paterson, St. John’s in West Berlin and Mt. Zion-Wesley in Deptford. He is married to Maria A. Benavides, who is a 30-year professional in child development. He has a daughter, Kimberly, son-in law Erskine and two lovely grandchildren who live in Pensacola, FL.
April 11, 2021
Enger Muteteke hired as a new Director of Resourcing
Enger Muteteke has nearly 20 years ministry experience – in the Baltimore-Washington and Greater New Jersey Conferences. She has a passion for strategic planning, justice ministries, community engagement, and leadership development. Enger has pastored in various ministry settings including her time serving as National Program Director with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She holds a B.A. from William and Mary, two master’s degrees in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a M.A. in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities from Western Kentucky University. Enger lives in southern New Jersey with her husband, four daughters, and their dog, Belle. Her hobbies are exercising, reading, cooking and watching movies.
Seunghyun Lee has been appointed to Cross Keys UMC
Seunghyun Lee earned a Bachelor of Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea and completed a Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School in NJ. He is currently serving Grace Ministry in First Korean UMC of Cherry Hill. Prior to this appointment, he served Union Grove and Willow Grove UMC in Pittsgrove. Seunghyun is passionate about developing next generation ministry, leading inspiring worship and preaching the gospel. He is married to Joohee, with whom he has a four-year-old daughter, Eugenie, who loves birds and flowers.
Sunghyuk Kim has been appointed to Wesley UMC in Edison
Sunghyuk was born in a Methodist pastoral family and raised in Seoul, South Korea. During his childhood, he lived in La Palma, CA, for four years following his family to study abroad. Sunghyuk received a B.Th. from Methodist Theological University in Seoul (2014), completed Clinical Pastoral Education (Level 1) at Morristown Medical Center (2018), received M.Div from Drew Theological School (2018), and is completing S.T.M from Drew in May 2021. Sunghyuk has served Arcola Korean UMC for more than six years, during which time he was in charge of Children and Youth Ministry, Director of Christian Education and AWANA Ministry. Sunghyuk is a happy man who had his wedding last November. His wife, Joy is a faithful talented musician, and they both are fulfilled with passion love to serve God with all their heart.
Willy L. Mafuta has been appointed to Hopewell UMC
Dr. Willy L. Mafuta is a theologian, social ethicist and scholar of African religions, migration and globalization. He holds two doctorate degrees, a Th.D in Theology and Ethics, University of South Africa and a Ph.D in Religious Studies (University of Ottawa, Canada) and a chaplaincy certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 4 ( University of Iowa). Dr. Mafuta will be joining the faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary as an adjunct professor. He is the senior pastor at New Hampton UMC, New Hampton, Iowa and serves on the Iowa Conference Antiracism Leadership Team. He has two adult children, Candy, 20, Danny, 26. He is a college football fan and likes hiking and traveling internationally to new places. Dr. Mafuta speaks French and several African languages.
Yoon Cheol Shin has been appointed to Bernardsville and Union Village UMCs
Yoon Cheol Shin (he/him/his) feels blessed to continue working with God’s people and to be a channel of Jesus’ love for the world. Yoon was born in South Korea and raised in the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, he served as a missionary alongside his parents, collaborating with Dominican and Haitian people in marginalized urban and rural communities. Most recently, Yoon has served as a children’s minister at Calvary KUMC. Yoon earned a B.A. in International Studies from Taylor University in Indiana and will graduate with a M.Div. from Drew Theological School in May.
Younghak Lee has been appointed to Trinity UMC in South Amboy/Sayreville
Pastor YoungHak (he/him) has a great passion for spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and embodying the Kin-dom of God. He believes that this world can be a better place with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Living in the United States since he was 13, YoungHak has served in various ministries: campus ministry, Army chaplain assistant and youth and children’s ministry. Pastor YoungHak is a senior at Drew Theological School, graduating this May.
Yongil Lee has been appointed to Livingston - Korean UMC
Yongil Lee was born and raised in Korea. He has a B.A. in theology and his M.A. in mission and culture from Hyupsung University. Ordained by the Korean Methodist Church in 2018, he has served as an intern then as an associate pastor at Sangdong Methodist Church in Seoul, a church founded by W.B. Scranton over 130 years ago. He faithfully served here for six years before moving to the U.S. He has a passion for social justice and ecumenicalism and is moved by the call to serve the socially disadvantaged and underprivileged. He and his wife Kelly met in Korea and married in 2019. His hobbies are reading, running and cycling and hopes to run a marathon one day.
March 28, 2021
Emanuel Agyemfra has been appointed to Browns Mills UMC
Emmanuel, who serves the multicultural congregation at Monmouth Grace UMC, will graduate in May with a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before moving to Princeton, he served as a missionary pastor in various churches in Ghana and South Korea. He also graduated from the Global Institute of Theology, Yonsei University (Master of Theology) and University of Ghana (BA-Sociology and Religion). His ministry vision is “shalom for all nations” and a call for multicultural communities, which has inspired him to pursue various ministries including church planting, community engagements and ecumenical works. Emmanuel is blessed to be married to Sun who is pursuing her Ph.D. studies in World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Eunkyoung Kim has been appointed to UMC at Newfoundland
Eunkyoung, born and raised in South Korea, is passionate about Christian education, social justice and community outreach ministry. She has served at Cedar Cliff UMC in Haledon for the past four years. Her ministry background also involves several years of services in children’s ministry and music ministry. She earned a M.Div. and S.T.M. from Drew Theological School. Eunkyoung is married to JongIn Lee, who is serving as the pastor of Franklin Lakes UMC. In her spare time, she enjoys soap making and hiking with her family, which includes their nine-year-old daughter, Sophia, and a small dog, Cherry.
March 21, 2021
Brendan Galvin has been appointed to First UMC at Montclair
Originally from Los Angeles, Brendan received a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 2017. After moving to New Jersey, Brendan began church revitalization and church planting. When he’s not roasting coffee or hosting a community event, he’s probably riding bikes with his wife, Bridget.
Constance (Connie) Squire has been appointed to Vincentown UMC
Connie has been blessed to serve the Dingmans Ferry and Barryville UMCs as an associate pastor and the Vernon UMC for the past four years as a full-time pastor. 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 degree from Rutgers University, giving her a background to see the true value of every person and an M.Div. from Drew Theological School. She is excited to be involved in building and equipping the body of Christ within the community she serves. She has two adult sons, Dalton Van Der Sluys (28) and Garrett Van Der Sluys (25). Connie also has her fur baby, Gracie, who is three. They enjoy the outdoors and God’s creation through hiking and visiting the local dog park and making additional connections within the community.
Jennifer Lovallo has been appointed to Milford UMC
Jennifer, a Drew Theological School graduate, has been serving churches in Greater New Jersey since 2000. She has a BFA in Acting/Directing and is co-founder of Triad Arts Ensemble, a professional non-profit performing arts company. She brings her love of the arts to her preaching and teaching and is a storyteller at heart. Her favorite story to tell is of God’s unconditional love made visible in the human face of Jesus. Jennifer is the wife of Rich, mother of Sophie, Anna, Marcus and Michael, and grandmother of Julian. She loves writing, gardening, swimming, kayaking and painting.
Nicole C. Hamilton has been appointed to St. Paul’s UMC at Bay Head
Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, Nicole is excited to be returning to GNJ. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in music at Methodist University, Nicole worked towards a M.Div. at Duke Divinity School while serving a two-point charge as a Licensed Local Pastor in the North Carolina Conference. Graduating in May, she is looking forward to spending more time with family and friends, making music, reading, spending time in God’s creation with her dog, Molly, and continuing to live into her call to help others to follow Jesus.
Teaira Parker has been appointed to Broad Street at Burlington
Teaira is a pastor, scholar, community organizer and a newly appointed committee member of the GNJ Board of Church and Society beginning this June. She is currently completing a D.Min. program at Drew University in the field of public theology. She holds a MDiv. from Wesley Theological Seminary, a M.P.A. from Webster University and graduated with a B.S. in criminal justice. Most recently, Teaira has participated in writing devotionals for a seminary, as well as helping people find their mission and calling in God through their gifts and being.
March 14, 2021
Brian Rhea has been appointed to Aldine UMC at Elmer
Brian grew up in Newark, DE. After graduating from the University of Delaware, he studied Scripture at Asbury Seminary, Princeton Seminary and Boston College. He is currently working toward a D. Min. in congregational spiritual direction at Asbury. His appointments include Wesley Chapel UMC near Nicholasville, KY, associate minister at Haddonfield UMC, Fourth and Newcombtown UMCs in Millville, and Cross Keys UMC in Williamstown. Brian is married to Jan, currently a high school math teacher at Cumberland Christian School. They have three children, a cat and a cockroach. Brian enjoys helping people encounter God through worship, spiritual formation, small groups and prayer.
Latasha Milton has been appointed to Hamilton UMC at Neptune
Latasha has served in various ministry context over the years. She is passionate about God’s people being liberated to authentically serve God in the fullness of their gifts and talents. She desires to reveal the heart of God for the transformation of the world. Latasha received a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.S. in Counseling and Early Childhood from USM. Prior to establishing residence in New Jersey, she called St. Louis home. She is a licensed Zumba and Zumba Strong (combat) instructor. When she is not teaching Zumba, she enjoys photography, reading, playing golf, tennis and watching sports.
March 7, 2021
Jessica Campbell has been appointed to First UMC at Moorestown
Jessica Campbell, a Princeton Theological Seminary graduate, is an ordained elder in GNJ. Her professional passions include creative worship, cultivating relationships within and beyond the church walls and Ecumenical and Interfaith justice/mission work. While her heart is in the local church, she has been blessed to serve (or be serving) on DCOM, Board of Ordained Ministry, Religions for Peace, National Council of Churches and The World Methodist Council. She has three wonderful boys–Jeremiah (18), Nathan (15) and Christopher (12). She is an avid reader and loves to go on walks, be at the beach, travel, watch movies and play games.
Tom Korkuch has been appointed to Park UMC at Bloomfield
Tom Korkuch is in his 26th year of ordained ministry and has served as student assistant pastor at Sparta UMC, associate pastor at Grace UMC in Wyckoff, and senior/lead pastor at Westwood UMC, Archer UMC in Allendale and First UMC in Moorestown. He is a graduate of Rutgers University (BA in History and Religion) and Drew University (MA in Biblical Studies and MDiv). Outside of the church, his interests include reading diverse histories and biographies, fitness and nutrition, cooking and restoring his childhood home. He has two adult children, Patrick, 25, and Michael, 22.
Chris Stanley has been appointed to Flemington UMC
Chris Stanley has served in various ministry roles ranging from homeless ministry in Houston, to overseeing youth and camping ministries in upstate New York, to pastoring churches in GNJ. He received a M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2019. Chris is passionate about teaching, finding ways of growing in discipleship together and learning what effective holistic ministry looks like in our own day and age. He enjoys reading, watching good movies and following the Los Angeles Clippers. He has the awesome privilege and honor of being married to his best friend, Rachel.
February 28, 2021
Daeil Min has been appointed to the UMC at Milltown
Daeil Min was raised in Seoul, South Korea, where he studied at The Methodist Theological University. He received a BA at Wesleyan University in the Philippines, completed a Clinical Pastoral Education program (level 1) at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ and received a M.Div. from Drew Theological Seminary in 2012. Prior to the current appointment at Browns Mills UMC (2016), Daeil has served at Appenzeller Memorial Nairi UMC (2009), Waldwick UMC (2013) and was ordained as an elder in 2018. Daeil has been married to Jamie for 11 years, and they have two sweet “Potter-holic” girls: Hailey (8) and Iyla (4). Daeil loves grilling and playing bass guitar and is passionate about sharing Christ’s peace with people.
Laura Steele has been appointed to the UMC of Summit
Laura graduated from Centenary University in 2005 with a B.A. in Theater. Before answering the call to lifelong ministry, Laura worked in the theater world for most of her young-adult life, and that is where she met her husband, Lou. After many years of volunteering in youth ministry programs within the United Methodist Church, she began working as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries for Del Ray UMC in Alexandria, VA. While in that role, Laura discerned the call to serve God’s mission in the world. She graduated with a M.Div. from Drew Theological School in 2019 before serving as an associate pastor at Bridgewater UMC and pastor at East Millstone UMC, Mt. Zion UMC and Hopewell UMC. Laura has a passion for youth and family ministries, as well as forming disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. Laura and Lou have two children, Juliet and Lucas; and their family also includes a new puppy, Jingerbread, two well-fed cats, Ruffino and Gizmo, and a hermit crab named Hot Dog.
Michael Chapman has been appointed to Dennisville UMC and Tuckahoe UMC
Mike Chapman, originally from Shamokin, PA, happily found his way to South Jersey with his college sweetheart, Jackie. In 2002, Mike and Jackie answered the Lord’s call to full time ministry after graduating from Eastern University. He received a B.A. in Youth Ministry and a M.Div. from Palmer Seminary. Mike has served and ministered at Aldine UMC in Elmer, NJ for 18 years in various pastoral roles. He is a dedicated minister to a multigenerational community, both within the congregation and outside the walls of the church. He is passionate about Jesus, the forgotten, the lonely, the lost, the hurting, outcasts and empowering the body of Christ. He plays the guitar, drums, loves singing, writing music and uses those gifts and abilities for ministry. He enjoys fixing cars and an abundance of coffee. Mike and Jackie are thankful parents of two miracles, Micah and Grace.
February 7, 2021
Ben Lee had been appointed to First UMC at Somerville
Ben Lee is grateful for the privilege of pastoring churches where people from different generations, cultures, and experiences can find communities of love and care. He moved a lot as a kid in an Air Force family, living in Maine, North Carolina, England and Germany. Before answering God’s call to ordained ministry, he also served an overseas enlistment in the Air Force and then worked for a few years as a historical interpreter with the National Park Service. He and his wife, Melissa have four fun kids, one sweet dog and three old hermit crabs.
Gina Hendrickson has been appointed to First UMC at Moorestown
Gina is completing her seventh year as Northern Shore District Superintendent, having served four years as dean of the Cabinet. Previously, she served as senior pastor at St. Andrew’s of Cherry Hill, Summit, associate pastor of St. Peter’s OC and pastor of St. Paul’s New Gretna and Oceanville. She has a DMin from Drew and MDiv from Bangor Seminary. Gina has a passion to work collaboratively with other disciples of Christ to further the ministry of the church. She and her husband, Rev. Dr. Rich Hendrickson, who serves St. Paul’s OG, have two adult daughters and one granddaughter.
Hey Young Horton has been appointed to Cape May UMC
HeyYoung was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Following her college graduation, she became a missionary, working eight years in Nepal, Philippines and Canada for Youth With a Mission. She then enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary where she earned an MDiv. She was ordained as an elder in 1999. HeyYoung’s personal ministry is to “Know God and Make God known.” She loves spending time with people and truly enjoys providing pastoral care. HeyYoung enjoys creating stained glass in her off-time. She and her husband, Gary have twin children who are freshman at Brown and American Universities.
Josh Shuster has been appointed to St. Andrews UMC of Cherry Hill
Josh graduated with a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Lancaster Bible College in 2009. He served as a youth pastor for eight years before answering the call to pursue ministry to “all ages.” He graduated with an MDiv in Marriage and Family Therapy from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA in 2015. As a lifelong learner, Josh has continued to take courses at Drew Theological School. Josh for eight years has served churches in Central Pennsylvania (Newtown UMC), South Jersey (Westmont UMC) and currently Central Jersey (UMC at Milltown). He has a passion for preaching, connecting the community with the congregation and visioning. Josh has been married to the love of his life, Bethany, for 10 years and they have two beautiful children: Jackson (almost 4) and Raelynn Grace (just turned 1). When Josh is not living out his calling of pastoring, you can find him cheering on all of the Philly sports teams and Liverpool FC passionately or writing for Brotherly Game covering the Philadelphia Union.
January 31, 2021
Dave Ledford has been appointed to the UMC at Absecon
Dave graduated with a B.A. in Education from Kean University in 2010 and was a teacher before answering God’s call to ministry. He went to Drew Theological School and graduated with a M.Div. in 2014. Dave has served four different GNJ churches and communities during his eight years in ministry including Berkeley Heights, Warren, Phillipsburg and Vincentown. Establishing relationships, equipping the laity, empowering the youth, making new disciples and inspiring church members to be good and active Christian witnesses in the world are some of his first priorities in ministry. Dave and his wife, Sherrie, have been married since 2016 but have been together since high school. Together, they have a one-year-old son named Georgie.