Pastoral Staff


Dave Lewis

Senior Pastor

Pastor Dave was appointed to organize this congregation in July 1987. He believes his primary job as a pastor is to maintain the health of the church – the Body of Christ – so that worship, discipleship, ministry, mission, and fellowship can thrive. Pastor Dave is a graduate of Temple University and Wesley Theological Seminary, and is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He jogs almost every day and enjoys biking, backpacking, hunting and fishing. Pastor Dave is divorced and has three children: Kelley, married to Joe, with sons Mason and Parker and daughter Caroline; Lindsey, married to Andy, with son Kai and daughter Tiana; and David. Pastor Dave preaches at Sunday morning services and leads our Foundations and Confirmation classes.



Gil Vining

Associate Pastor for Outreach

Pastor Gil leads our Outreach Team and preaches at Saturday night service. He also works with our ushers and greeters to make our church welcoming for both guests and regular attenders. Pastor Gil is a graduate of Liberty University and Trinity University. He is passionate about pastoring the hearts of people, writing scripts and stories, hunting, fishing, and sports. Pastor Gil and his wife Dawn have four children: Brandon, married to Shannon, with daughters Reagan and Allegra and son Malachi; Jonathan, married to Amanda, with son Lance and daughter Lilyana; Keisha, married to Tom; and Laura.



Jason Collier

Pastor for Worship

Coming from a family of church musicians, Jason knew from an early age that this was the calling in his life. Jason's love of people and passion for music-making intertwine in his role as Pastor for Worship. In addition to serving at NHUMC, Jason is a frequent guest artist and clinician at various churches, schools, and other organizations; he is currently the Principal Tenor Horn in Princeton Brass Band; and he has composed a wide range of pieces that have been performed in venues ranging from local churches to London's O2 arena. Jason and his wife, Caitlin (an excellent musician in her own right) met at Eastern University where they both studied music. When not making music, Jason enjoys cycling and Netflix marathons.




Todd Pearage

Pastor for Students and Their Families

Todd was born and raised in a Christian home in northeastern PA and became a Christian at an early age. He is a 20-year veteran of youth ministry and is excited to be joining the team here at New Hanover UMC. He and his wife Lynda both graduated from Cairn University, and together they have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson. Todd is also a contributing author for three of today’s leading youth ministry resource providers. Todd is a huge fan of Apple products, chocolate chip cookies and the Pittsburgh Steelers.




Ministry Directors


Kristin Schmidt

Director, Creative Moments

Before becoming Director, Kristin taught a 4-year-old preschool class at Creative Moments. She has a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She taught 4th grade in Indiana before staying at home to raise her children, Brynn and Mallory. Kristin, her husband, Fred, and children live in Gilbertsville. Kristin loves getting to know the students at Creative Moments and has been a member of NHUMC since 2001.


Heather Wallace

Director of Small Groups

Heather serves part-time as the Director of Small Groups, overseeing training, recruiting and spiritual life of small groups. She is also lay leader of the Disciple Bible Study program and has served with the Drama Ministry and Lay Pastor team. Heather works full-time as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Education. Heather enjoys serving the church, walking, cooking and baking. Heather, married to Darrin, have two children: Skylar and Tatum.


Worship Ministries Staff


Eric Sweinhart

Director of Technical Arts


Dale McCauley

Instrumental Support


Debbie Madden

Instrumental Support


Laura Vining

Worship Ministry Coordinator/Student Ministry Girls Director


Administrative Staff


Liz Buckwalter

Administrative Manager


Curt Erb

Coordinator of Human & Financial Resources

Curt serves part time as Coordinator of Human and Financial Resources, overseeing staffing, budgets, and engagement with new attenders. Curt and his wife Dory are long-term members of NHUMC. He is a retired human resources professional. For nearly a decade Curt and Dory have been blessed to lead Disciple Bible studies. On any given Sunday, he can typically be seen greeting in the lobby, while she shepherds toddlers and infants into the Nurturing Center. They have two grown children, Jerry and Jenna, and two grandchildren, Skyler and Gavin. Both love to get away to the Turk & Caicos Islands.


Diane Shultz



Teresa Mantle

Financial Secretary


Anita Kratz



Stacy Marks



Children's Ministry Staff


Amy Bates

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Amy serves as our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, overseeing and working with numerous volunteer teams and the children they serve—birth through sixth grade. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, and has experience in the education field. She has served in various roles in ministry throughout her adult career, with an emphasis on children. She enjoys having fun with her family, getting lost in a book, and watching true crime shows on television. Born and raised in Texas, Amy and husband Mike live in Royersford and have two sons; Ross and Taylor, both in college.


Dory Erb

Nurturing Center Coordinator


Student Ministry Staff


Jenna Krause

Student Ministry Coordinator


Laura Vining

Worship Ministry Coordinator/Student Ministry Girls Director


Facilities Staff


Nancy Slonaker



Carl Zerr