Pastor David has served as pastor of Leonia Church since July 2011. Before serving 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 is married to his high school sweetheart, Janet, and together they have three sons: Gabe, Elliot and Nate.
Leonia Church is very pleased to announce the appointment of Brendan Galvin as Associate Pastor of Leonia United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2018. Pastor Brendan is currently serving as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Passaic and will continue in that capacity 1/4 time. He will serve as Associate Pastor of Leonia Church 3/4 time. Following is a bio from the First Church (Passaic) website:
Leonia Church has some bittersweet news. Pastor Aiden, our brother in Christ and associate pastor, has been appointed to Evangelical United Methodist Church in Clarksboro, New Jersey. As you know, Sung Woo was recently recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry and will be commissioned by our Annual Conference and Bishop John Schol as a Provisional Elder. It is common for pastors to receive a full-time appointment (one that is not split between two churches) at this point in their ordination process. Evangelical United Methodist Church is such a full-time appointment. It is a good church, and a good fit for Sung Woo… and Ji Sun. Pastor David is familiar with the church since he pastored First United Methodist Church of Mount Ephraim, only eight miles away, and was acquainted with the Rev. Gary Turk, pastor of Evangelical United Methodist Church, at that time.
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.