Meet Our Staff

  • Rev. Dr. Rita A. Fry

    Pastor Rita joined the Kenton United Methodist Church on January 1, 2018. She is a preacher that focuses on the area of leadership both in the church and in the community. Pastor Rita is the second of two children born to Carlton and Barbara Hetzell. She believes in preaching and teaching the word of God, and just as importantly, she believes that we must "live" the word. Pastor Rita is an open and honest woman of God and is respected because of her “walk” with the Lord. Pastor Rita was called as a preacher of the Gospel in January 2015. After being called to ministry in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church, she began her Masters of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Pastor Rita completed her degree in December of 2017. She is a leader that has devoted herself to the betterment of people through the spiritual and educational process. Pastor Rita was an educator in the Delaware Public School System for 25 years. She then worked as an Education Associate at the Delaware Department of Education. Retiring in October of 2017, Pastor Rita serves both Hartly United Methodist Church and Kenton United Methodist Church. She has been pastor of HUMC since July, 2016. Pastor Rita has matriculated through a few college degrees including a Doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University, a Master's degree in Physics Education from Delaware State University, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Delaware. Pastor Rita and her husband, Donald “Don” Fry, were joined in holy matrimony on  September 9, 2001. Don is a true man of God devoting his life to the purpose in which God has predestined for him. Don has a kind and open spirit that reaches out to everyone in which he meets. His playful and witty spirit sets him apart from others, as he is always thoughtful and generous. Don is an avid deer and waterfowl hunter. Pastor Rita has three beautiful children: a daughter, Ashley and son-in-law, Dana; a son, Brandon and daughter-in-law, Amanda; and a son, Jason and daughter-in-law, Michelle and new grandson, Bohdi Lee Biro, born December 30, 2017. 

  • Gloria G. Holland

    Gloria G. Holland, Pianist/Choir Director,  from Magnolia, DE and formerly Lewes, DE has been playing music in The United Methodist Church for over 50 years and has served with 10 different pastors. Gloria is also the Director of The "Cheer"ful notes Glee Club under the umbrella of Cheer, Sussex County. They visit nursing homes, senior centers and Veterans homes spreading "Cheer" to the residents. On a personal level, Gloria is also available to sing for receptions, reunions, retirements, and funerals. You name it, she sings! Her motto: If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.

  • Roxanne Haley

    Roxanne Haley, Administrative Assistant, joined the staff at Kenton in June 2015. She retired in 2014 after 29 years of service with the State of Delaware Family Court. She is originally from Elkton, Maryland and relocated to Smyrna, Delaware in 1982. She is  married and has one son. She is active on the Altar Guild, Church Council, Prayer Chain and Communion Steward for the 8 am service. In her spare time she enjoys making crafts and baking. You can contact Roxanne at:

  • Eric Carroll

    Eric Carroll, Custodian, and his family joined Kenton UMC in the spring of 2009 and he handles the custodial duties at the church. Eric also has been involved with the trustees, worship team, choir, vacation bible school, and he occasionally sits in with the 8am praise band.

  • Rob schmidlkofer

    Rob Schmidlkofer, Sunday School and Youth Ministry Coordinator was born in Chilton, Wisonsin in April 1967. He retired August 1, 2009 from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service with the rank of Sergeant First Class.  He began working at the New Castle County Detention Center on May 15, 2010 as the Food Service Supervisor, he implemented a training course of basic food service principles to the residents.  In May 2014, he started at the Division for the Visually Impaired as the Director for the Blind Enterprise Program for the State of Delaware where he builds businesses for the blind.

    He began attending Kenton United Methodist Church in February, 2014.  He and his wife Colleen became members on November 2, 2014. Since he began attending Kenton he has worked with the KidShine program and also worked as a co-volunteer with the Youth group FaithSeekers.  He sings in the choir, played a role on the Transportation team, Board of Trustees as well as the SLT. He is also a member of the Kenton Ruritan Club, VFW, American Legion and volunteers with the Delaware Veterans United Outreach.