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February 25, 2024
Juliann Henry to Avalon
Juliann Henry was ordained an elder in 2007. Prior to God’s call she worked as a Stage Wardrobe Technician. Her home church, Mays Landing UMC, sent her forth as a Student Local Pastor in 1993. Juliann graduated from Palmer Seminary with an MDIV in 2002. She completed 4 units of CPE. She is an ICISF approved CISM trainer. She’s served Weymouth, Absecon, Leesburg and Delmont UMC’s. In extension ministry she served for 10 years at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and12 years at AtlantiCare.
Juliann has 3 adult children, 3 grandchildren, and 4 rescue pups (at home) who she loves unconditionally.
February 18, 2024
Erik “Skitch” Matson to Hedding and Wesley
Skitch is a native Californian with interests in young adult ministry, the connections between spirituality and art, hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, and the great outdoors. Receiving an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and ordained an Elder in 2022 he loves meeting with folks from all walks of life, especially over coffee or tea, to learn how God is working in their life and where God may be inviting them to participate in God’s reign on earth. Skitch is engaged to Olivia, a committed Presbyterian who thinks that Methodists aren’t half bad and who loves books, dogs, and being a public defender.
Rutendo Felistas Mahachi to Christ First UMC Hasbrouck Heights
Rutendo Felistas Mahachi, born and raised in Zimbabwe, is a Lay Supply Pastor at Green Village UMC. She also serves as a Chaplain for the Green Village (NJ) Fire Department and a Contingent Chaplain at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. She earned a Master of Divinity in Social Justice Advocacy from Drew Theological School and an honors degree in Peace and Governance from Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. Her passion for community outreach and social justice led her to Fiji in 2018 as a Global Mission Fellow for the General Board of Global Ministries. She served there as a Gender Justice Advocate assigned to an Anglican Church organization known as the House of Sarah. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, spending time with friends and family and watching movies.
February 11, 2024
Hyoik Kim to First UMC in Toms River
Pastor Hyoik Kim has devoted his life to God in worship and desires to be used to motivate, inspire, and arouse the Body of Christ to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. He earned a B.A. in Theology and a B.M. in Church Music from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He moved to the United States and continued his journey in church music as he received a Master of Music in Music Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Then, he had the call to pastoral ministry, received an M.Div. from Drew Theological Seminary, and was ordained as an elder in 2011. Since then, he has been proud to be a Methodist minister, visioning a heart-warming ministry. He plays piano and guitar and loves to play golf and tennis. He has been married to Ruthie (Hyunsook), celebrating their 25th anniversary. They are blessed by their two children, Grace and Wesley, whom he always thinks their names are the perfect names for a Methodist pastor’s kids.
Michael Smith to Delran UMC
Michael Smith grew up in South Jersey and is currently serving as the Lead Pastor of Trinity UMC in Mullica Hill, NJ. His previous appointments were as the Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality in the Mountain Sky Conference, Clinton UMC, Tabernacle UMC (Erma, NJ) and as associate pastor of Saint Peter’s UMC (Ocean City, NJ). Michael is married with three children (13, 11, and 9). He enjoys using creativity and innovation to increase vitality in the congregations he serves. He loves spending time with his family, music, movies, and all of the Philadelphia sports teams – particularly the Eagles.
Jisun Kwak to Demarest UMC
Rev. Dr. Jisun Kwak brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her ministry. With a Ph.D. in Religion and Psychology from Drew University, she has dedicated many years to serving in various roles within the church, including as a pastor at various settings of churches of the United Methodist Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church, district superintendent of two districts, and as a pastoral counselor and adjunct professor. Pastor Jisun’s deep expertise and heartfelt commitment to spirituality have consistently fostered deeper relationships with God for both her and the congregations she has served, guided by her open and progressive theology. Her teaching experiences at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Blanton-Peale Institute have further enriched her ability to nurture these connections. She loves music, hiking, chocolate, and watching K-dramas.
Robyn Clark to First UMC of Mays Landing
Rev. Robyn Clark is a Local Licensed Clergy since 2021. Prior to ministry I worked as a teacher for many years. I received my calling to ministry while attending Beverly UMC. The Walk to Emmaus movement was instrumental to hearing and nurturing my call to ministry. In 2015 I graduated from Rutger’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Studies. Currently I am in the Course of Study through GBHEM seeking a master’s degree in divinity. For the past 3 years I have been serving the Atco & Trinity United Methodist Churches in Atco NJ. My favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 which is a daily reminder that “All things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. I am most passionate about preaching God’s word, youth & young adult ministry, and leading congregations into the community in service. Most of all I am called to Love God with my whole being, and Love people the way God loves me! I am married to my husband, Danny for 17 years who is also a pastor. We love serving in ministry together. We have no children of our own, just lots of nieces and nephews and of course furry friends that we love very much. When I am not pastoring you will find me playing the piano, attending to tedious amounts of crafting, and spending time with my family & friends.
Glenn Scheyhing to Mauricetown and Haleyville UMC's
Glenn Scheyhing has actively served both church and community for most of his adult life. Soon after becoming a Christian at 23, Glenn used his new faith on the foreign mission field. After 13 years, he attended seminary and, upon graduation, began what is now 20 years of pastoral ministry, serving four appointments in four districts of GNJ. Glenn has served as both Fire and Police Chaplain as well as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Glenn especially enjoys life with his wife of 26 years and college-bound daughter. He has a love for God’s Word and God’s People.
Thomas Novack to Asbury UMC in Egg Harbor Township
Thomas Novack has been serving as a United Methodist pastor since 2010. He is currently serving a two Charge at Dorchester UMC and Belleplain UMC. He graduated Course of Study in Dayton Ohio in 2017. Tom and his wife Denise have been married 32 years. They have two children Daniel and Tori and both are very involved in the UMC. They also have a grandson Levi who just turned 2 and they are expecting another grandchild in July. Tom enjoys God’s creation while fishing and camping.
February 4, 2024
Myung Sun Han to UMC at New Brunswick
Myung Sun Han, a dedicated follower of Jesus, believes deeply in the transformative power of Grace. Raised in South Korea within a Methodist pastor’s family, Pastor Myung ventured to the United States for advanced theological studies, attending institutions like Drew and Fordham. His ministry, characterized by service to a wide array of congregations—both in geographical and cultural terms—has taken him from South Korea to New Jersey, covering roles from Sunday School Director to Senior Pastor. His service extends across Korean/Korean-American and multi-ethnic church communities. Currently, Pastor Myung ministers at the United Methodist Church in Demarest. He shares his life with Eunkyung “Grace” Woo, his wife of 25 years, who is the Music Director at Katonah Presbyterian Church, NY. Together, they are the proud parents of two sons, Jason Sungjin (17) and Chris Woojin (14).
Dianna Stone to Flemington UMC
Dianna Stone has served as senior pastor of the Whitehouse UMC, Whitehouse, senior pastor of the Boonton UMC, Boonton and as a Hospice Chaplain at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. She received her M.Div. from Drew Theological School and a B.A. in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University. She currently serves as a Local Pastor Licensing School Facilitator through the GNJAC. Dianna has a passion for making the Scriptures applicable to real life, fostering discipleship, and strengthening congregational and community relationships. Dianna is married to her husband and partner in ministry, Tim. They have 6 children, 12 grandchildren (one on the way), and the best dog, Kodi.
January 28, 2024
Samuel Park to Nutley: Vincent UMC
Pastor Sam was born and raised in NYC. He felt God tug at his heart to be in pastoral ministry during a mission trip in Mexico. He received an M.Div from Drew and a D.Min from Wesley while serving churches in NY, MD, NJ, most recently at Delran UMC. He has a heart for preaching, teaching, the local church, and missions; and he loves to see disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus. He and his wife, Grace, are blessed with two wonderful children. He fights his sweet tooth by going to the gym, but some days the sweet tooth still wins.
Michael Chapman to Pitman: Pitman UMC
Mike Chapman is originally from Shamokin, PA, and 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. Mike received a Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry and a Minor in Communications (2002) and a Master of Divinity from Palmer Seminary (2012). Mike has served and ministered at Aldine UMC for 19 years in various pastoral roles, and a two-point charge at Dennisville-Tuckahoe UMC for three years as a senior pastor. He is a dedicated minister to a multigenerational community, 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. Mike also loves an abundance of coffee! His wife, Jackie, also graduated from Eastern University, studying Social Work and youth ministry, and is certified in Special Education. Mike and Jackie are thankful parents of two miracles; Micah (18) and Grace (6).
Jessica Campbell to Belle Mead: Montgomery UMC
Jessica Campbell is in her twentieth year of ministry in GNJ. She has served Round Valley UMC in Lebanon, Thiells UMC, Franklin Lakes UMC, Hamilton UMC in Neptune, and First Methodist Church of Moorestown. Jessica serves the conference as a Circuit Elder, a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and on several Ecumenical boards. She is passionate about creative worship, loving all of God’s people, and faithfully proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed. Jessica is newly engaged to Paul, and together they have five sons! Their personal time is filled with gardening, reading, and binging shows!