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Issue 1 | December 2014
Swarthmore United Methodist Church Our Mission: To Love God and Neighbor
Worship Service 10 am Choir Rehearsal 9am Children's Sunday School 10:15 am Faith and Life Adult Sunday School 11:15 am
Our Staff
Sukja Bang, Pastor
Thank you for visiting our website! I am excited to have this opportunity to invite you to worship with us and join us in the ministries and missions God has entrusted to us. When you come visit us, you will find why I am excited about our congregation. We as a church live out our motto, “Open hearts, open minds, open doors,” by welcoming everyone from all walks of life and sharing God’s love with one another and with our neighbors. After serving Calvary United Methodist Church in Ambler for 10 years, I arrived here at Swarthmore on June 21st , 2013.  As a newcomer to our church, I can testify to how welcoming this congregation was.
I was born and grew up in South Korea. After earning my Bachelor of Theology degree there at the Methodist Theological School, I came to America about 21 years ago in order to enroll in Seminary at the Drew Theological School. I earned my Master of Divinity degree from Drew and am currently working on my dissertation toward completion of my Doctor of Ministry degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. I started this program to serve those in my care more effectively. My mother lives with my brother and his family in Korea and I visit them as often as I can. Thanks to today’s marvelous technology, I feel I am not that far away from them. When I have free time, I love reading, traveling, cooking, decorating, listening to music, and watching movies.
My vision for Swarthmore Church is to be a church that continues to welcome all people regardless of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, invites people to the love of Christ and works together in unity for the Kingdom of God.
Mary Marissen, Music Director
Mary has always been surrounded by sacred music - experiencing choirs and fine singing from a young age and with subsequent college and graduate music degrees. As a pianist, cellist, singer, organist, and choir director, she has been enriching her church life as well as giving voice to congregational expression of glory to God.
        Please visit the Music page of our website for more program nformation.
Peggy Mattox, 
Office Administrator
Peggy started in November 2016 and is supporting our congregation, pastor, and committees using her career professional office skills. Peggy and her husband, John, have one daughter, Sarah, who currently attends Albright College as a Junior, majoring in History/Religious Studies. Peggy serves her local UMC as co-Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and President of J.O.Y. Circle. She also enjoys playing clarinet in the chichester comnunity band, singing in her church choir and serving as chaplain in her local DAR chapter, Robert Morris-Quaker City Daughters of the American Revolution which meets monthly in Swarthmore Borough Hall.
Deborah Pedante, 
cradle and toddler care
Debbie knew she wanted to work with young ones since she was in middle school and worked in her church's camps and nursery. She later earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and works at Trinity Cooperative Day Nursery in Swar thmore. She has been caring for our infants and toddlers since 2008.