About Our Churches
We celebrate the expansive image of God in everyone, and we humbly strive to create a Beloved Community in which all are cared for and valued. In our faith community, you will find middle-aged adults, parents raising children, older adults, young children, and youth. We celebrate the variety of backgrounds and gifts within our church.
We believe the divine spark dwells within all of God’s creation. We believe that Jesus was and is our Teacher, Healer, Savior, Friend, and Way. We believe that the Holy Spirit enlivens, guides, inspires, and empowers. We take the Bible seriously and not literally. We value personal and communal experience of the Holy Spirit over doctrinal litmus tests.
We are called to live out our faith every day of the week, by showing love in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities. Everything we do as people of faith is grounded in prayer and listening deeply to the Holy Spirit. We understand that prayer and action are two sides of the same coin. We are committed to educating ourselves about how racism operates so that we can disrupt it.
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Melissa Boyer
Rev. Melissa Boyer earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1999 and has been practicing ministry ever since. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Melissa says, "I believe that God is More - more than human words and concepts can possibly define or capture. God is within us, within creation, and also beyond us. The teachings, example, and spiritual strength of Jesus are my life foundation. The Bible is my foundation as well, and I take it seriously - but not literally. I'm firmly planted within the Christian tradition, and I believe that God is found in other religious traditions as well. Love for God, neighbor, & self, and acceptance of God’s radical grace, are the cornerstones of my faith." She has special training in Gestalt Pastoral Care, coaching, and conflict transformation.
Pastor Melissa shares life, learning, and joy with her beloved spouse Barry Mangione. She is the proud parent of two young adult children and one elderly dog. She’s enthusiastic about board games, working out, hiking, and laughing. She loves reading, writing, and creating things - music, vegetable gardens, food, & a sustainable lifestyle.
Leeann Coffin attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and Brooklyn College, majoring in psychology and anthropology.
Leeann is a kind & friendly presence in the church office on Friday afternoons. And she is a faithful presence in our church family the rest of the week, as a member of KUMC who truly lives her promise to support the church with her prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. "I love that KUMC is a small congregation. We may not have large numbers but our strength is inspiring. We are a family and a mighty one at that!"
Leeann is the world's greatest aunt to her nephew and four nieces. She has a passion for genealogy and enjoys building and fixing just about anything.