UMC Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at UMC in Madison is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Rev. Kate Hillis

    lead pastor

    (click to visit The Pastor's Page)

    Rev. Kate Hillis has been serving in ministry for over 10 years. She has served as the lead pastor of Hopewell UMC and Lumberton UMC, and as the Children and Youth Pastor at Kingston UMC in Greater NJ. She also served for five years as a chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and six years as a staff consultant for Ministry Architects.

     

    Kate holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelors degree in Religion and Youth Ministry from Houghton College (New York). She has taken several PhD classes and intends to pursue doctoral work in the future.

     

    Kate is passionate about investing in the lives of youth, young adults, and families. She loves creating meaningful worship experiences that inspire people to go out and serve in mission and love in the world. Kate has a deep desire to see the Church live radically transformed by the love of God and to be rooted in a sense of hospitality and responsibility for the earth and all its creatures.

     

    Kate is married to Wren Hillis, a PhD student at Drew Theological School, who is also pursuing ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. She loves cooking, music and art, running, hikes with her dog Simba, and a good practical joke every now and then!  To contact Pastor Kate please email leadpastor@umcmadison.org

  • Rev. taylor bean

    Associate pastor

    Before moving to New Jersey, Rev. Taylor Bean spent her life growing up in the southern state of Sweet Home Alabama.  As a cradle United Methodist, she discerned her call to ministry early on in her life and explored this calling in many avenues.  During her college years, she spent some of her best summers as a youth camp counselor and served as a music and missions intern at FUMC Montgomery during the school year while receiving her B.A. in Music and Worship Leadership.  While getting her MDiv. at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Rev. Bean served as a pastoral intern at several churches in the Atlanta area.  She also served as a chaplain at the City of Refuge women’s shelter in Atlanta, GA and at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL, so she is thrilled to continue chaplaincy for the students, faculty, and staff of Drew University.  Her passions for music and crafting creative worship have always been at the forefront of her ministry, and she was able to enhance her experiences in this work by serving on the Office of Worship Staff during her time at Candler.  She is energized and passionate about student ministry, issues of justice and reconciliation, the intersection of faith and mental illness, and cultivating meaningful worship that transforms us in the power of the Gospel.  Taylor is a lover of people and their stories, and she particularly loves to hear people’s stories over a delicious pizza.  When she’s not staying busy at the church or university, you can find Taylor spending time with her dearly loved dog, Luna, cooking up something tasty for dinner, or reading a page turning historical fiction novel over her morning coffee.  Taylor is also a devoted Atlanta Braves Baseball fan.  Chop on!  If you want to contact Pastor Taylor please email Associatepastor@umcmadison.org

  • Scott Ostlund

    assistant pastor  

    Scott received a Bachelor's in Religion and Christian Ministries from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon in 2013. After seven years in youth ministry leadership and two years of urban ministry and community development work, Scott decided to pursue further academic study in the field of Christian theology. After receiving his M.A. in Theological and Philosophical studies from Drew University he entered the Ph.D. program in Theological Ethics where his dissertation focuses on the intersection between white racial identity and American Evangelical theologies. Scott is on track for ordination in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and considers himself bi-coastal thanks to his meaningful relationships in both Oregon and New Jersey.  Scott is an avid Portland Trail Blazers fan and has a minor coffee addiction thanks to his years as a barista at Drip Coffee in downtown Madison. In light of this, Scott is always interested in talking basketball, grabbing coffee, or both!

    Click here to learn about Drew Connections

    Click here to learn about Confirmation Class and Youth

    Click here to learn about The Gathering Worship and Meal Fellowship

    You can email Scott at d.scott.ostlund@gmail.com.

  • Daniel Leguizamon

    music director

    Daniel is our newest staff member and we are all very excited to be working with him in the months and years to come. Daniel comes from The Anglican Church of the Epiphany, New York, NY. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and his education includes:- B.M. Organ Performance, National Conservatory of Music, Buenos Aires, Argentina; M.M. Piano Performance, Manthattan School of Music, NY; M.S. Education, Fordham University, NY; Ph.D Education, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

    Click here to learn more about Daniel and what he has to offer.

    You can email Daniel at music@umcmadison.org

  • Kathleen Keane

    director of christian ministry

    Kathleen joined UMC in Madison as Christian Education Director in September of 2014. Kathleen grew up in Chatham NJ , she is wife and mother of three kids, Finn, Collin and Isla. Kathleen is also the Director of Drew's Acorn Academy housed here at the church since 2010.

    Click here to learn more about what Church school has to offer.

    You can email Kathleen at umcmseeds@gmail.com

  • Natalie Dines

    office administrator

    Natalie grew up in South Africa, lived in London and moved from London to Madison in 2004. The Dines family came over on a three year contract which turned into thirteen years!  Natalie started working at UMC in Madison in 2015.  The church and the community is her home, they couldn't be happier raising their son, Oliver and daughter Isabelle in this church community. 

    You can contact Natalie via email church@umcmadison.org or by phone 973 377 1231

  • Marlice & Boris Borecki

    sexton

    We appreciate all that Marlice and Boris do to maintain our historic church and grounds! They have been with the church since1989.  They have two grown children and are very much part of our church community.  We are very blessed to have them.