Meet Our Staff

  • Pastor Wesley gately

    Effective July 1, 2019 Meet our New Pastor.I, Pastor Wesley Gately, come from the Great Plains Conference of the UMC, which comprises the states of both Kansas and Nebraska. I was born and raised in eastern Kansas as the son of two United Methodist clergy. I journeyed all the way from Kansas to Delaware in part to serve with the you in the Kenton community but also to attend Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. where I will be working on my Masters of Divinity. I truly, and deeply believe this is where God is calling me to be in learning and service. I hope and pray that we can together be members of a community of faith that grows with one another on this lifelong faith journey. Who I am as a Christian and as a Pastor is defined by our Wesleyan theology. Wesleyan theology, and what I believe as the Gospel truth, can be summarized in one short sentence, “We love because Christ first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 CEB) We initially experience the love of God in Jesus Christ through the gift of prevenient grace. We must then recognize and claim this love through justifying grace by accepting Christ’s call to love. As persons of faith we receive sanctifying grace by the power of the Holy Spirit who continues to work in and through us. With the Holy Spirit we continue the journey of sanctification through acts of piety mercy and justice working towards the distant hope that someday we might be perfected in love. Love isn't always easy, but love is always right. I am driven by this gift of hope and grace. It is my aim to live this out each and every day with you in service with the Kenton community.

  • 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.