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.
Director of Worship
Rory Chambers comes to us from Melbourne, Australia. He’s spent many years in camping ministries and high school chaplaincy while also playing guitar in pubs, clubs, resorts and music halls. After three years in Manhattan as an at-home parent, Rory is now an inquirer for ordination and an MDiv candidate at Princeton Seminary. He’s an enthusiastic epicurean who loves community, food, woodworking, movies and being fascinated by new hobbies and ideas. He’s married to Jenny who’s a PhD chemist; their kids are Leah and Jude.
2019 Summer 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!]