Jessica Winderweedle Lead Pastor
Jess has served as pastor at Kingston UMC since 2016, but she and her wife Melissa have called this community their spiritual home since 2012. Here at Kingston UMC, Jess invests in developing leaders and cultivating the worship life of our congregation. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Jess also received a wealth of education in business management and community involvement during her decade-long career opening and operating coffee shops.
When she wasn’t caffeinating the masses, Jess popped up in all sorts of ministry roles, from church pianist to youth ministry associate to small group leader. Since early 2014, she has served as the executive director of Feed Truck Ministries, Inc., the organization that operates KUMC’s primary outreach vehicle, The Feed Truck (www.thefeedtruck.org).
Jess loves exploring cities, wearing space cat t-shirts, and drinking copious amounts of iced coffee. She and Melissa live in Princeton with a lot of books and a growing collection of houseplants.
Director of Worship
Taylor, a native Californian from the Bay Area, is in his fourth and last year at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has a passion for music—writing and creating as expressions and reflections on life and theology, and their interrelatedness. Taylor is quite fond of Mexican food, playing and watching (NBA) basketball, and lists consisting of three items (with use of the Oxford comma). Taylor is pursuing ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, the denomination he has been part of since birth until his move to Princeton.
2018-2019 Pastoral Ministry Intern Cohort
Part of KUMC’s mission to Feed More Sheep is to provide leadership and training opportunities for seminary students preparing to serve beyond our congregation. Our Pastoral Ministry Intern Cohort is made up of seminary interns who take on leadership positions within our congregation as well as opportunities for preaching and leading worship, and they meet regularly for theological reflection. [To learn a little more about these stellar humans, click on their pic.]
2018-2019 Missional Entrepreneurship Cohort
Thanks to the Young Clergy Initiative of the United Methodist Church, Kingston UMC and Feed Truck Ministries, Inc. hosts a grant-funded residency program for students interested in pursuing work at the intersection of social enterprise and local parish ministry. [Click on the pics below to get to know this year's residents!]