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WHO WE ARE

At Pennington UMC, we believe that all people are created in
the image of God, and as beloved children of God, are all worthy of God's love and grace.

 

We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all persons regardless of gender, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical or mental capacity, education or economic or marital status.

We recognize that differences of opinion remain among us. We do not seek to erase
our differences but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike.

 

No matter who you are, you are welcome here! Join us as we seek to grow in Christ-likeness, which means participating in a life and ministry of healing and reconciliation.

OUR VISION

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world.

OUR PURPOSE

To live lovingly and justly as servants of Jesus Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, and being a compassionate and caring presence wherever we are.

OUR JOURNEY

To embrace being new creations in Christ, which means discovering daily how we may more fully love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.

OUR STAFF

Pastor Joseph Jueng 

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Pastor Joseph Jueng was appointed to Pennington UMC in July 2020. Prior to coming to PUMC, he served as the Associate Pastor at the United Methodist Church in New Brunswick as the Director of Campus Ministry at Rutgers University. Pastor Joe received his Master of Divinity degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in 2019. Prior to discerning a call to ministry, he was an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois. In July 2023, he and his wife Sam welcomed their second child Winston into the world. His older sister Astrid can't wait for him to be old enough to follow her orders!

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Kathleen (Katie) Connolly

Director of Music Ministries/Organist

 

Greetings, PUMC!  I’m delighted to be with you!  I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you and working with your organ, piano, hymn leaders, and even choir in January of this year and April.  I look forward to getting your choir and bells up and running again. You are welcome to be part of that!  A bit about me.  I’m a longtime (42 years) Pennington resident.  At various times in life, I’ve been an opera coach (Boston University, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Boston Chorus Pro Musica), cocktail pianist (Syracuse, Thousand Islands, Lahiere’s in Princeton), collaborative pianist, solo pianist, teacher, and organist and music director at churches of various denominations.  I have most recently come from Blawenburg Reformed Church, where I spent the last eleven and a half years.  And now my commute is walkable if only I wasn’t dragging around hymnals and organ shoes!  I have adult children, two of whom are musicians – one professionally, one avocationally.  My household now consists of me and beloved cat, Blackie.  Please feel free to contact me any time! Kathleen.Connolly.78@verizon.net

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