St. Paul & St. Andrew Ministers
Rev. K Karpen
K is the senior pastor of St. Paul & St. Andrew and has served this progressive congregation since 1984. He holds degrees from Cornell University (BS) and Union Theological Seminary (MDiv, STM, PhD). Her served for 15 years as a chaplain to Columbia University. He is currently in his second term on the New York Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He serves on the Board of Directors of West Side Campaign Against Hunger. He has taught at Drew Theological School and Union Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, K served as a Fellow of the Council on Economic Priorities. He is passionate about interfaith work, ministry with the poor and marginalized, and the possibility of an inclusive church.
Contact K: K@stpaulandstandrew.org
Rev. Lea Matthews
Lea is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul & St. Andrew in New York City. Lea has been called and is committed to being a part of the queer liberation movement within the United Methodist Church, as we move intersectionally and with intention towards God’s justice. She was recently appointed to the Metropolitan District Committee on Ministry and serves as Leader for the Metropolitan Cluster for church programming and ministries. She is on the Executive Leadership Committee of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus and is a member of the Advisory Board of Methodists in New Directions. She is on the teaching team for Field Education at Union Theological Seminary, a position she has held for the past three years. Lea received her Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She holds a Masters of Education from Lehman College and a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University, where she studied literature and human sexuality. Lea taught English Language Arts in the Bronx Public Schools for a decade, before entering the ministry. She currently resides in the Bronx, with her wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Nora.
Contact Lea: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Frank Glass
Minister of Music
Frank is the Minister of Music at St. Paul & St. Andrew. He has blessed this community in that role for over 30 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and music from Duke University and graduate degrees in voice and musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His book on Richard Wagner, The Fertilizing Seed, is as interesting to read as it is difficult to find. He comes from a long line of Georgia Methodists on his mother’s side and an even longer line of Italian Roman Catholics on his father’s. His musical influences and interests are many and varied and include a particular fondness for the spiritual songs of the nineteenth-century Southern singing schools in America. He has been a working church musician since the eighth grade.
Contact Frank: email@example.com
Carter Snyder-Samuelson (he/they) is the Youth Director at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church, where he leads Youth Group and Confirmation, and loves participating in the life of this congregation. They are a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. They are pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ, hoping to combine chaplaincy work with sustainable agriculture and horticultural therapy. Before coming to Union, he worked as an apprentice for three years at Fort Hill Farm in New Milford, CT. Carter currently lives in Washington Heights with his fiancee, Kiah, and their new rescue puppy, Tobie!
Contact Carter: firstname.lastname@example.org