MEET OUR LEADERS

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Kee Young Yang

PASTOR
 

Pastor Kee was born in JinJu, a small and quiet town located in the southern part of South Korea. His parents, who are devout Christians, had six children, two boys and four girls. His older brother and four older sisters are his prayer partners.

When he was a senior in high school, it was the first time to have a personal experience of God’s grace. He felt true love, joy, peace and freedom in God. Since then, such wonderful experiences of God have shifted his life from world-centered life to Christ-centered life. This life style has driven him to study theology at the New York Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity and the pastoral care counseling at the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute in NY.

God has blessed him so much through his wife, Grace who he married in January, 2000. Grace, is humble, sincere and faithful. She used to be a school teacher in Korea but now always supports him and his ministry as a team in Christ.

In their journey, God has made them smile and filled with joy with two children, Daniel born in 2000 and Jenny in 2003. Daniel likes to read books and to play tennis, basketball, and Ping-Pong. He is good at solving a Rubik’s Cube. Jenny has many talents also including her love to dance.  

Pastor Kee loves to play sports with Daniel, to watch movies with his children and to cook for the family. Thankfully, he has been blessed so much to serve God, with the people of God, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church since July 1, 2014. He hopes and prays that God continually fills him with the Spirit so that he may serve God at St. Paul’s faithfully.

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Bruce Hillner

Lay Leader

 

Bruce lives in Brick Township with his French bulldog named Churchill.  He is recently widowed, has worked in the computer engineering field his whole adult life, is partially retired, and enjoying life with his two children, their spouses, and his three grandchildren.  His hobbies include ballroom dancing and just spending time sitting on the beach reading.  He has served in various Methodist churches as a Lay Servant since 2001 and held leadership positions within the ecumenical "Walk to Emmaus" ministry.  Bruce accepted Christ as Lord and Savior in November 1987 and tries to walk in a way that can lead others to a savings grace.

Kristy Gerdes

Christian Education Director

If you see kids around in our church, Ms. Kristy is sure to be nearby.  Kristy is our Christian Education Director here at St. Paul’s and has been a member of our church since 2010.  Kristy grew up in Midland Park, NJ and moved down to the beach shortly after college.  Kristy lives in Point Pleasant with her husband, Matt, her two girls, Abbey and Leah, and her two dogs, Oliver and Sugar.  Besides being our Sunday School director, Kristy is a full time high school teacher at Howell High school where she teaches Advanced Algebra, Discrete Math and PreCalculus.  In her spare time, Kristy also is a certified Zumba instructor, PoundFit instructor, as well as a Soccer coach for her daughter’s U11 Travel Soccer Team and a basketball coach for their Rec Basketball team as well.  Being at St. Paul’s gives Kristy the unique opportunity to blend her faith and her teaching skills in a meaningful way, using the talents that God has given her.  

Heather Jakub

Youth Group Director

Heather lives in Point Pleasant with her daughter and her dog. Heather is a western Pennsylvania native and has a Master's degree in Counseling and Education with concentrations in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sports Counseling and worked in child welfare for several years before moving to the Jersey Shore where she now owns a paint your own pottery studio called Wish Upon A Jar. Heather grew up as the oldest of four children and her parents separated when she was in elementary school, and she was widowed early in her marriage. She believes these tough experiences help her find common ground with our youth who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives, and to help them find ways to join together and find peace. Heather loves the beach, football, and cheesecake. Art projects are her passion, working with kids is her mission.

 

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Rich Scraggs

Missions AND outreach

Rich was raised in Connecticut and after living in multiple areas of the US found himself working in New Jersey where he met his wife Michele.  They have two children, Amy and Andrew.  He has found a passion for volunteering inside our community, serving as a leader of a local Cub Scout Pack, teaching a volunteer program in local elementary schools with 5th grade students, sitting on a board of directors for a non-profit, and most importantly to him, serving in a variety of roles here at St. Paul's.  When Rich is not busy volunteering his time locally in our community you will find him working in a cockpit for a major US airline, where he works as a pilot.  When he does find himself with free time Rich enjoys anything that involves the beach and also is always looking for his next opportunity to see live music as he will admit he is a live music fanatic.     

Linda Kiel

Administrative Assistant

When you call our church office or stop by St. Paul's during our normal business hours you will be greeted by our longtime administrative assistant, Linda Kiel. For over 30 years Linda has been working in our office serving God and our congregation and if you ask her she will tell you how much she values being able to serve at St. Paul's.  When she isn't working at the church you will find her spending time with her two daughters and their families and doting over her two adorable grandchildren. 

MEET THE REST OF OUR CREW

  • Council Chair: Vacant
  • Trustees Chair: Matt Gerdes
  • SPRC Chair: Betty LaSalla
  • Finance Chair: Steve McLaughlin
  • Treasurer: Anne Neff
  • Council Secretary: Kimberley Bell
  • I-Beacon Editor: Arnold Oftedal
  • Organist: Patricia Gemo