Minister of Preaching, Worship and Leadership Development
Executive Director, Feed Truck Ministries, Inc.
Jessica Winderweedle serves as one of KUMC’s co-ministers, where she gets to spend time developing leaders and cultivating the worship life of our congregation. Jessica is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Princeton Theological Seminary, but she also received a wealth of education in business management and community involvement during her decade-long career opening and operating coffee shops.
When she wasn’t caffeinating the masses, Jessica popped up in all sorts of ministry roles, from church pianist to youth ministry associate to small group leader. Since early 2014, she has served as the executive director of Feed Truck Ministries, Inc., the organization that operates KUMC’s primary outreach vehicle, The Feed Truck (www.thefeedtruck.org).
Jessica (who would probably prefer that you call her Jess) enjoys writing stuff, banging on drums, eating breakfast at any time of the day, and hiking through the streets of New York City every chance she gets, particularly alongside her wife, Melissa.
Minister of New Disciples and Community Outreach
As the congregation’s primary shepherd of new disciples and steward of Kingston UMC’s community outreach, Werner is is primarily responsible for igniting our congregation’s imagination around Christian witness with new disciples and our surrounding community.
Werner is a Guatemalan immigrant who grew up in the hood of Long Beach, CA. He did not get into too much trouble and stayed off the streets because he has amazing parents who took him to church, and got him cable television and a guitar. He is in his second year at Princeton Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Youth Ministry. Prior to seminary Werner received a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Azusa Pacific University in 2009, and was the Director of Student Ministries at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in California.
Coordinating Pastor & Sacramental Elder
The Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church, overseeing the pastoral intern partnership between KUMC, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. She teaches practical theology and youth/young adult ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, and is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. She writes widely on young people and the church, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church (Oxford) and The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending in Youth Ministry (with Ron Foster, Upper Room).
A lifelong liturgical musician, Megan Coiley serves as the Director of Worship and Arts Ministries at KUMC. Although she is most often found behind the piano on Sunday mornings, she is a passionate conductor, mezzo-soprano, and teacher who is most at home guiding congregations as they sing together, both developing their experience of worshipful community and helping them sing a new song to the Lord. Megan specializes in sound, space, and spirituality in worship, and her work explores the use of sound to shape theological understanding.
A recent graduate of Westminster Choir College (BM in sacred music), Megan is an experienced choral singer who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other leading orchestras. Well-versed in multiple styles of Mexican traditional and folk music, she was a regular member of Mariachi Flor de Toloache for three seasons and a frequent guest of Mexico Beyond Mariachi. She is a dedicated advocate of new music and enjoys performing and teaching works by living composers.
When she is not making music, Megan enjoys making a myriad of other things, among which include excellent coffee, jewelry, gluten-free and vegan food, craft cocktails, and large messes.
Director of Children’s Ministries and Community Life
Annie serves as the director of children’s ministry and community life at KUMC helping children of all ages experience God’s love. Before finding her way to New Jersey, Annie grew up at summer camps in East Tennessee where her dad, an ordained United Methodist Minister, served as camp director. During college, she became involved
with her campus’ Bonner Leader Program which ultimately brought her to the Princeton area to work. She currently works as the National Director at The Bonner Foundation supporting a program that provides undergraduates access to higher education and opportunities to serve their communities. In 2014, Annie moved from Princeton to Kingston and joined KUMC as a way get to know her new community and feed more sheepLisa Kane
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