UMC Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at UMC in Madison is comprised of people 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. Mark Schol

    lead pastor

    (click to visit The Pastor's Page)

    Mark (he/him) has served churches in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ. During his ministry he has become a firm believer that church is something you do, questions about faith and God are good, and community can be built anywhere.


    Mark loves photography, biking, traveling with his wife Meredith, rock climbing with his daughter Elise, and laughing with his daughter Nora. He has two degrees from Boston University, a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Administration and a Master of Divinity.


    To contact Rev. Mark, you can email him at mark@umcmadison.org

  • Rev. Lerato Pitso

    student assistant pastor

    Reverend Lerato R. Pitso (she/her), also known as Rev Rato, became an itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 2018. She served as pastor of the AME Church in Ivory Park from 2017 until May 2023, where she worked to support female refugees and asylum seekers. She is an active member of the Connectional AME Church Women in Ministry and is currently a third-year MDiv student with a focus on Social Justice Advocacy. To contact Pastor Lerato, you can email her at assistantpastor@umcmadison.org.

  • natalie palacio

    coordinator of children's christian education

    Natalie (she/her) is a graduate of Seton Hall University, currently pursuing her master's in divinity at Drew Theological Seminary. She has been a lifelong member of the United Methodist denomination serving in staff roles in children's and youth ministry in her home church and beyond. She has a background in teaching early childhood education which she taps into to help keep a lively and orderly classroom experience in children's programming. She also works in project management with a career in fintech, helping launch retail banking centers. It is her delight to mentor youth on leveraging their God given gifts while pursuing their purpose and calling at The United Methodist Church of Madison. To contact Ms. Natalie, you can email her at education@umcmadison.org

  • Emily Muparutsa

    student intern

    Emily (she/her) was raised in Mutare, Zimbabwe’s third largest city situated in the foothills of the Eastern Highlands. She holds an Honors Degree in Sociology, an Executive Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation, and an Executive Certificate in Project Management and Humanitarian Assistance. She has 5 years experience in the Customer Service Department and Sales Department where she got her skills in patience and a “people first" attitude. Driven by the passionate quest to address Social Justice issues, Emily is currently studying the Masters of Divinity - Social Justice Advocacy at Drew University. Her goal is to work with the needy and oppressed, to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the Good news of the Kingdom of God.

  • Lisa carballo

    office administrator

    Lisa (she/her) is a long-time member at The United Methodist Church in Madison. Originally from Mississippi, Lisa, along with her husband Rob, raised her twins at UMC Madison and enjoys gardening, music and reading.

    To contact Lisa, you can email her at church@umcmadison.org

    or phone at 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.