Meet the Staff

                                           CONNELLSVILLE WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
                      Phone: 724-628-7960           Email: wesleyumc1@zoominternet.net

 

Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Resident Bishop

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The daughter of a United Methodist pastor who served 40 years in ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, Bishop Moore-Koikoi said that as a bishop she is committed to work toward a “vision of a diverse church that embraces justice and the life-saving love of Christ.”

She acknowledges that it won’t be easy, but said, “I remind myself that God has got this. God is in control. My role and the church’s role is to experience the reign of God here on earth and point that out to people.”

She told the Western Pennsylvania delegates and leaders: “What you see is what you get. Know that you can trust me—what you see is what you get.  And that’s what I require of you also — that you be honest and open.”

Rev. Bob Zilhaver, District Superintendent

Rev. Bob Zilhaver was recently appointed as the District Superintendent of the Connellsville District of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. He resides in Uniontown.

The Connellsville District consists of 99 churches covering a large geographical territory interrupted by the mountains that give us the great ski resorts of Hidden Valley and Seven Springs. On our western side, the Monongahela river serves as our border. The northern border goes through Mt. Pleasant and eastward toward Hooversville. The Eastern border angles southeast toward Hyndman, while our southern border is Maryland and West Virginia. Our district is home to many mountain landscapes, white water rafting, hiking trails and resorts. We also have Camp Jumonville in the Uniontown area and Camp Allegheny, near Somerset.

 

 

Karen Martin, Pastor

Karen Martin was born in Connellsville, PA and graduated from Connellsville Area High School. She earned a B.S. degree in Music Education from Mansfield University; M.E. from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Orff Schulwerk Certification from Duquesne University; American Montessori Certification from Carlow College, and a Pennsylvania Floral Design Certification from Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh.

She has completed Licensing School classes to serve as a local pastor and previously earned certification as a Certified Lay Minister, Lay Speaker, and in Children’s Ministry from The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship. She also was certified as a church paraprofessional. Most recently, she was the first person to completed the United Methodist Foundation’s Laity Leadership Academy, a new two-year program with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Patterson as dean.

Karen worked for the Connellsville Area School District as a general and choral music teacher, taught music for the Verna Montessori School and served as director of the Albert Gallatin Montessori School. She was Education Supervisor for Head Start in Fayette and Greene County for 16 years, retiring in 2014.

At age eleven, Karen became a member of the Dunbar United Methodist Church. She played for services and later taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was the choir director and organist/pianist for local churches for over 50 years. Karen coordinates and plays for weddings, funerals and special event services and currently is a secretary for the Vanderbilt and Cochran United Methodist churches.

In addition to her church experience, she is the keyboardist and a member of The Wally Gingers Band, a 40’s Big Band that performs dance music for many communities to enjoy.

Karen has two children and three grandchildren. She enjoys reading, learning, vacations at the ocean, and loves animals. She owns a dear Shih-Tzu and is mostly owned by her cat.

 

 



PARISH STAFF/PERSONNEL:

Kay Cropp, Church Secretary

Kay Cropp has been the Church Secretary for many years. If you call the church, you will talk to Kay. Kay Cropp

 

Robert Omatick, Custodian


Hi, my name is Robert Omatick. I have become the custodian in June, 2016 and take great pride in seeing that the church is clean and well maintained. I enjoy working with numerous committees including the Finance and Church Council and Vacation Bible School. I am married to my wife Marjorie.

 

 

Kay Springer, Organist & Choir Director

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Kay Springer has been the Organist and Choir Director at Wesley UM Church for over twenty years. She has been playing the organ for over sixty years! Here she is shown with her new dog, Gracie.

Beverly Hileman, Church Treasurer

Beverly HilemanBeverly Hileman has been the Church Treasurer for many years. She faithfully produces monthly financial reports for the church council and the Trustees.

 

 
 

Kourtney Cable, Church Financial Secretary

 Kourtney Cable assumed the job of Financial Secretary in 2015. She resides in Dunbar Township with her two children, Taylor and Tyler.