Our Staff

St. Paul & St. Andrew Ministers

Rev. K Karpen
Senior Pastor

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
Associate Pastor

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: lea@stpaulandstandrew.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 Seedis 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: frank@stpaulandstandrew.org

Jenna Johnson
Youth Director

Jenna is the youth director at St. Paul and St. Andrew. She was born and raised just outside Jackson, Mississippi before attending Millsaps College for her BA. She took a gap year after graduation and worked for Americorps in Houston, TX where she taught elementary students games and sports for recess and after-school. She started at Union Theological Seminary in 2016 and will graduate with her MDiv in May 2019. She is currently working to be ordained in the Mississippi Conference of the UMC. Jenna is passionate about camping ministry as well as ministering to children and youth in ways that promote community, thoughtful reflection, and social justice for the church and the world.

Contact Jenna: jenna@stpaulandstandrew.org

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Support Staff

Brent Ness
Director of Operations

Contact Brent: brent@stpaulandstandrew.org

Monica Aravena
Controller

Contact Monica: monica@stpaulandstandrew.org

Danny Aponte, Superintendent
Danny Aponte, Superintendent
Jose Suriel, Security Guard
Jose Suriel, Security Guard
Hector Pagan, Hospitality Coordinator
Hector Pagan, Hospitality Coordinator
Jay Torres, Swing
Jay Torres, Swing
Hector Morales, Custodian
Hector Morales, Custodian