Before serving as pastor of Leonia United Methodist Church, David served as Youth and Christian Education Director at a multi-staff church, as a missionary to Soviet Ukraine and independent Russia, as manager of tech support and engineering at a private software firm, as pastor of First United Methodist Church (Mount Ephraim, NJ), and David started TRINITY United Methodist Church (Garner, NC).David, his wife Janet, and their three sons, Gabe, Elliot and Nate, moved to Leonia in June of 2011.
Sung Woo and his wife, Ji Sun, moved to Leonia in February of 2011 and began attending Leonia United Methodist Church. In October of 2012, Sung Woo became our Seminary Intern. He served as our church office administrator and as a ministry assistant to Pastor Wehrle. In September of 2015, he became the Director of Student Ministries and Worship. In July of 2016, Sung Woo was appointed Associate Pastor of Leonia United Methodist Church and Senior Pastor of Waldwick United Methodist Church. Sung Woo is involved in a little bit of everything, but takes lead responsibility for student ministries, young adult ministries, and new worship services.
Soyeon Park has been serving Leonia United Methodist Church for several years. She leads our choir, coordinates various instrumental ensembles, and plays piano and organ for worship and other program. (Her supportive husband, Tim, also attends worship at Leonia UMC when he is not flying around the country as a professional pilot.)
Yevgeniya visited Leonia Church soon after hurricane Sandy in 2012, and started working here in April of 2014. Her daily tasks include print and email communication, scheduling worship servants for various tasks on Sunday morning, advertising church programs in local papers and online platforms, and other administrative support to the pastoral and ministry leaders. Yevgeniya loves inviting people to ministry programs at Leonia Church, and she is always thinking about creative ways of reaching people.