A Newark Delaware United Methodist Church

Practicing Reconciling Ministries

Newark United Methodist Church is an open and inclusive faith community with open hearts, open minds, and open arms. As a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, we worship a loving and gracious God and Jesus, His Son, who continues to model God’s love in the world for all. We welcome and affirm you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, regardless of your race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, physical and mental ability, or religious affiliation. We are all God’s beloved children.

Church Leadership

Rev. Kevin Benjamin

Rev. Kevin Benjamin

Senior Pastor

Pastor Kevin William Benjamin is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. Pastor Kevin is married to Jenneth and is the proud father of Nickeya, Kevin Jr., Kenneth, Jennifer, Kyle, and baby Jessica.

Previously, Pastor Kevin served as pastor of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Odessa, DE. Prior to that appointment, Rev. Kevin served as pastor of the Mount Salem (Wilmington, DE) and Summit UMC (Middletown, DE) Charge, the Ebenezer UMC (Delaware City), and St. Daniel’s (Port Penn, DE) Charge. Pastor Kevin’s first pastoral assignment was at Cornerstone UMC, (Bear, DE), as an associate Pastor.

If you have a pastoral concern, you may contact Pastor Kevin by calling 302-368-8774, ext. 1117 or 302-368-8775 (direct), Mon.–Fri. during regular business hours. If you’d simply like to send him a message that is not sensitive in nature, you may use the contact us form below.

 

Rev. Kevin Benjamin

Rev. Kevin Benjamin

Senior Pastor

Pastor Kevin William Benjamin is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. Pastor Kevin is married to Jenneth and is the proud father of Nickeya, Kevin Jr., Kenneth, Jennifer, Kyle, and baby Jessica.

Previously, Pastor Kevin served as pastor of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Odessa, DE. Prior to that appointment, Rev. Kevin served as pastor of the Mount Salem (Wilmington, DE) and Summit UMC (Middletown, DE) Charge, the Ebenezer UMC (Delaware City), and St. Daniel’s (Port Penn, DE) Charge. Pastor Kevin’s first pastoral assignment was at Cornerstone UMC, (Bear, DE), as an associate Pastor. Pastor Kevin has several degrees. He received his music education degree from Delaware State University and a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary. He completed a master’s degree in education. He also completed Music education plus credits from the University of Delaware and studied pipe organ under David Herman.

Pastor Kevin received his pastoral care education and certification from Bay-health Care systems and DuPont Nemours Children’s Hospital.

If you have a pastoral concern, you may contact Pastor Kevin by calling 302-368-8774, ext. 1117 or 302-368-8775 (direct), Mon.–Fri. during regular business hours. If you’d simply like to send him a message that is not sensitive in nature, you may use the contact us form below.

 

Staff

The staff at Newark United Methodist Church plays a crucial role in the day-to-day administrative operation of the church, assisting the pastoral staff and allowing them to attend to pastoral ministry. Please call us at 302-368-8774 and use the following extensions:

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Kevin Benjamin, Senior Pastor, ext. 1117 or 302-368-8775 (direct)

Rev. Ward Mesick, Campus Pastor of the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry at the University of Delaware, ext. 1108 or 302-368-8802 (direct)

Pastor Adrienne Dillard, Associate Pastor, ext. 1111

Kevin Smith, Deacon

Administrative Staff

Lisa Santare, Office Administrator, ext. 1116
Rob Cappiello, Business Administrator, ext. 1114
Pat MacKenzie, Bookkeeper, ext. 2114
Robert Kennan, Director of Music, ext. 1017 or 302-368-8034 (direct)
Janet Taylor-Smith, Director of Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry, ext. 1108
Mandy Manzella, Preschool Director, ext. 1110 or 302-368-1754 (direct)
Jill Hall, Preschool Administrative Assistant, ext. 2110
Tim Murphy, Facility Coordinator, ext. 1003
Piedad Luna, Custodian
Araceli Cira-Trujillo, Assistant Custodian

Church Council

The representative leadership body within our congregation that plans, coordinates, and implements our church’s official programs and earmarks the resources to do so. The Council also performs various administrative duties and ultimately envisions, plans, implements, and annually evaluates the mission and ministry of Newark United Methodist Church.

Church Council generally meets on the fourth Monday of every month (except in December) at 7:00 p.m.; the meetings are public and open to everyone. Required attendees are representatives of our various ministry teams, clergy, and certain staff members. Anyone may submit an agenda item, but they must be submitted at least six days before the meeting. To submit an agenda item, either email the Council Chair or use the Contact Us form below.

  • Co-Chairs: Dan Logan and Kathy Werrell
  • Secretary: rotating

Church Council comprises representatives from the following teams/entities/areas:

  • Adult Ministries – Diane Ferry, Claire Priester, and Eileen Sexton, Chair
  • Bunting Library – Jan Pochan, Representative
  • Children and Families Ministries – Adrienne Dillard (acting Chair)
  • Communications – Justin Pepper, Sarah Jungling, Co-Chair
  • Congregational Care – Adrienne Dillard, Chair
  • Congregation in Action – Kathy Werrell, Chair
  • Discipleship Leadership – Catherine Rounsely-Maxwell, Chair
  • Finance – Bruce Yost, Chair
  • Lay Leadership – Mark Werrell (lead), Lloyd Massey, Nicci Hartland, Dave Meyers
  • Lay Members to AC – Susan Sheldon, Mark Deshon
  • Newark Methodist Preschool – Allison Gobiel, Mandy Manzella
  • Nominations & Leadership Development – Pastor Kevin Benjamin, Chair
  • Outreach – Susan Tretta
  • Social Justice – Lisa Gensel, Chair
  • Staff-Parish Relations (SPRC) – Pat Hammond, Bud Read
  • Team Vision Forward – Bruce Yost
  • Trustees – Pete Schmalz, President
  • United Methodist Men – Will Hammond
  • United Methodist Women – Jane Dey, Representative
  • Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry – Matt Stauffer, Representative
  • Worship – Lys Murray, Darrell Sparks, Co-Chairs
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Will Logan
  • Pastor – Rev. Kevin Benjamin
  • Associate Pastor – Adrienne Dillard

 

Ex Officio:

  • Rob Cappiello, Business Manager
  • Lisa Santare, Office Manager/Communications Administrator
  • Rob Kennan, Music Director
  • Ward Mesick, Wesley Campus Minister
Lay Leaders
The office of Lay Leader is the highest non-clergy position within a local United Methodist congregation. Individuals who are Lay Leaders are seasoned Christians who can represent the congregation’s concerns to the pastoral staff and Church Council and assist the pastoral staff with a number of church rites, including baptism and reception of new members, and occasionally plan worship services.

  • Mark Werrell (lead)
  • Lloyd Massey Jr.
  • Nicci Hartland
  • Dave Meyers

If you’d like to get in touch with one of the Lay Leaders about any issue, please contact us and select “ATTN: Lay Leaders” as the subject of your message.

Connectional Leaders

Within our episcopal area, we are led by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, presiding Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Joseph Archie, Superintendent of the Delaware District of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference.

About our denominational connection

Voting members who currently represent our congregation at the Annual Conference of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference are:

  • Susan Sheldon (Lay Member to Annual Conference)
  • Mark Deshon (Lay Member to Annual Conference)

The Newark United Methodist Church Facility

Our church’s meeting place is on the National Historic Register and is located at 69 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711

Parking and the main Welcome Center entrance is off of 62 Delaware Ave. (south side of the building)

“the noisy Methodists had no right to disturb the peace and quiet of the citizens by holding their boisterous meetings on the main street.”

John Fletcher Williamson. “Recollections: The Peninsula Methodist,— —,” 1888.

NUMC’s Congregational History

From its humble beginnings as an unofficial meeting in a paper mill at White Clay Creek, our congregation has stood the test of time and overcome many challenges. Originally called Meteer’s Meeting (after local businessman Thomas Meteer who offered his home and paper mill as a meeting spot), the congregation grew over time thanks to its strategic location as a stopping point for itinerant preachers traveling between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Our location (and name) have changed a few times over the years, but our biggest challenge was the church’s relocation onto Main Street.

​Background

Despite the protests from the town, the church managed to purchase a property from an out-of-town owner unaware that no one in Newark would sell the Methodists land on Main Street. The sale took place at midnight, and building began the next morning “to the utter surprise and consternation of our enemies.” Through years of war and peace, hardships and prosperity, the congregation stayed rooted on Main Street, rebuilding after a fire in 1861, and adding additions as the congregation and its needs grew. In 1999 we celebrated our 200th anniversary as a congregation here in Newark. Today, our congregation continues to make a difference in the lives of people locally, regionally, and globally.