Staff

Pastor

Jin Ming

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Dear families of Jesus Christ,  

I love to study history. In fact, there is a piece of our local history in my office right now. When you have a moment, stop by to see the table I use as my desk; it has an amazing history.

Originally, this table housed a piano and was owned by the great-grandmother of Al and Roger Sherman. The piano was eventually removed, and the table came to the church, where it served as a work table in our kitchen, serving countless people who ate here. In recent years, the table did its duty in the overflow room, holding bibles, hymnals, and various other things that were needed from time to time.

I first saw the table in April of 2007, when Jill Usher, the SPPPR chairperson at the time, welcomed Sho Sho and I with coffee and goodies served on it. Now I am grateful to the Sherman family for allowing me to grace my office with this historic artifact, where it will continue to serve the Lord with my humble works of love.

Jin Ming

 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

 

 




Administrative Assistant

Krystle Steingiesser

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Hello! My name is Krystle Steingiesser. I am 37, and have been married to my husband, Don, for 17 years. We have 3 beautiful daughters, Bella (14), Lilly (10), and Grace (4). My husband is in the United States Navy, and we moved here at the end of 2018. He will retire in 2023 and we plan to make Whidbey Island our permanent home. I love to read, hike, paint rocks, take my girls to the beach to collect sea glass, and I spend as much time as I can with my family. I feel very blessed to work for Coupeville United Methodist Church, and with Rev. Jin Ming. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.


In Christ, 
Krystle




Music Director

Dinah Majure

I was raised just a few miles from Nashville, and my father taught music reading in a cappella churches when he wasn’t singing some depressing bluegrass song about a coal mine explosion. I was singing alto by the time I started 1st grade! While I love old hymns, especially Southern Gospel, I developed a preference for classical music during my teens and earned degrees in both Music Ed and Early Childhood Ed.

After living all over the US, my husband Robert and I moved to Coupeville from Arizona about five years ago, where we both sang with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus as well as with a group that performed classical and folk music in Slavic languages like Russian and Serbian.

I am excited to be the Interim Music Director at Coupeville Methodist, having been a member of the church choir since we moved here. In the foreseeable future, the constraints forced by COVID-19 will require some extra creativity in ways to include music in our worship. I plan to put my familiarity with music styles as diverse as Rock of Ages, Rocky Top, and Rachmaninov to good use!




Handbell Director

Cheryl Waide

As director of the CUMC Handbell Ministry, I have the lovely privilege of working weekly with fourteen enthusiastic ringers to prepare music for ringing in Sunday worship services.  Our focus is to present our best efforts to God and enhance the worship experience.

It was late in my career as pianist, piano teacher and church organist that I discovered the joy of ringing English Handbells.  I have had the opportunity to attend and study the art of Handbell ringing at various workshops and symposiums and now 'in retirement' as director. Handbells are truly a passion of mine and for the ringers as well, as we share this ministry.

I feel blessed to be a part of the Handbell program at CUMC and also to serve as accompanist for the Sanctuary Choir. 

The scripture verse in Psalm 118:14 continues to resonate with me:  
“The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

 




Custodian

Kimberly Allen




 
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