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 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

  • Woo lim kwak

    student assistant pastor

    Woo Lim finished his bachelor’s degree in Theology at Methodist Theological University in South Korea and now is a graduate student at Drew Theological Seminary in the third year of the M.Div program. Woo Lim spent a year in the rural tribal community in Kenya as a youth missionary, cooperating with an NGOs called Korean Food for Hungry International in 2016. In addition to the year of the mission, Woo Lim used to serve Hannam-dong Methodist Church in South Korea as a youth preacher for two and a half years. During his second year at Drew, he has done his internship at Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield. He has led Children’s Program every Saturday morning on Zoom. Moreover, he has served the church as a music director, technician for online worship services, and preacher. Woo Lim strongly believes that only God’s unfailing love can change the world and that he is called for it. To contact Pastor Woo you can email him at

  • Daniel Leguizamon

    music director

    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

  • 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. 

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    You can email Kathleen at

  • Lisa carballo

    office administrator

    Lisa is a new employee, but a long time member at The United Methodist Church in Madison. Originally from Mississippi, Lisa raised her twins at UMC Madison and enjoys gardening, music and reading.

    You can contact Lisa via email  at or by phone 973-377-1231

  • Marlice & Boris Borecki


    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.