Gina Kim

Palisades District Superintendent | Palisades

Rev. Kim works with the more than 60 churches in the Palisades District.  She most recently served Wesley UMC in South Plainfield. She has served in full time ministry for 24 years and transferred to Greater New Jersey from East Ohio in 2006.  She has grown ministries wherever she has served.

Manuel Sardinas

District Superintendent, Gateway North | Gateway North

Rev. Sardinas leads a diverse district and has experience in building relationships with local elected leaders to help transform communities. There are 62 churches in his district, which sits adjacent to New York City. Manny can be found listening to the Latin Sax Quartet or watching Chuck Knows Church.

Gina Hendrickson

Northern Shore District Superintendent | Northern Shore

As chief missional strategist for the 62 churches in Northern Shore, Rev. Hendrickson’s passion is to raise up leaders to be transformational disciples of Jesus Christ.  She is a small group leader, clergy coach, workshop presenter and continues to engage strategically in the Central Region for mission impact within the connection.  Rev. Hendrickson enjoys working collaboratively on everything and is training toward running a half marathon.


Myrna Bethke

Gateway South District Superintendent | Gateway South

Rev. Bethke is responsible for the supervision of the 63 churches in the Gateway South District. She champions coaching within the Conference. The Gateway South District is an exciting and diverse area for ministry as we reach out to transform the world. Myrna enjoys kick boxing, playing online games, and walking on the beach.

Brian Roberts

Cape Atlantic District Superintendent | Cape Atlantic

Brian supports pastors and congregations in the 63 churches in Cape Atlantic District. He enjoys being a catalyst and chief missional strategist for such a diverse area of New Jersey. Brian enjoys nature as he fishes, kayaks and bird-watches.

Hector A. Burgos

District Superintendent, Capital | Capital

Hector works with the bishop, cabinet and elected leaders of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey to: serve as the steward of the conference’s vision and mission; lead a continuous process of transformation and renewal; ensure alignment of conference resources with the vision; and ensure connections among local churches, regions, the conference and the general church. He also provides oversight to the leadership and congregational development ministries GNJ and supervises the Connectional Ministries staff team. Hector enjoys playing the keyboard, cooking, swimming, and cheering for his children in sports and life.

Gina Yeske

Director of Small Groups

Gina has served as a pastor in Greater New Jersey for over 17 years, and 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. She believes that ministry is mainly about relationships, our connection with God, our fellow believers, the community, and the world. 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. 

Eric Drew

Executive Director, Next Generation Ministries
Eric Drew is a coach, songwriter and organizational leader. From three years on the mission field in Honduras, to leadership in a multi-site church, to planning the growing IGNITE youth conference, Eric brings passion, vision and creativity to the church. As a worship leader and songwriter, Eric has regularly created sounds and experiences to engage new and young disciples. As the Executive Director of Next Generation Ministries he is committed to creating resources and gatherings where the next generation of disciples is filled with new life in Christ and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Eric is also a leadership book junkie, coffee snob, and aspiring custom guitar collector. He and his wife Dulce have two beautiful twin girls.

Jana M. Purkis-Brash

Executive Director, The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation
Jana Purkis-Brash brings 35 years of ministry experience in diverse settings around GNJ to the role of Executive Director of the GNJ Stewardship Foundation. She oversees the GNJ Stewardship Foundation serving congregations as they seek to faithfully invest funds to grow ministry and as an opportunity for individuals to give gifts to fund vital ministries within GNJ. Jana is available to meet with churches and pastors to discuss joining the GNJ Stewardship Foundation, Church Stewardship, and Planned Giving. 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.

Juel F. Nelson

Director of Leadership Development

Juel guides and encourages clergy and laity to live into God’s greater vision. In supporting the GNJ’s focus on recruiting and developing leaders, she serves on The Board of Laity, The Board of Ordained Ministry and the Intercultural Competency Task Force. Juel, an Ordained Elder, earned a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University. She is an avid swimmer and gardener. 

Trey Wince

Director of New Disciples

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.

Nicola Mulligan

Assistant to the Bishop

Nicola plans, organizes and oversees the organizational, communication, financial, and programmatic operations of the Episcopal Office. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, quilting and yoga.

Lan Wilson

Director of Worship

Lan Wilson is a Kentucky native who has been leading worship since he was ten. He brings twenty four years of ministry experience to GNJ, having served in a variety of denominational and cultural settings. Lan comes from a family of four generations of pastors and has traveled the world doing ministry and music. He is a graduate of Sullivan University and Georgetown College. Lan joined the GNJ staff team on February of 2019 after having most recently served as worship pastor for Cross Point Church, a multi-cultural, multi-site, multi-generational United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, PA. From his early days in the small rural church, to his upbringing at a dynamic church in the projects, to one of the fastest growing churches in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to new church plants, Lan is experienced in many different church settings and enjoys connecting with churches and leaders everywhere.