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 of Family Life and Connection

Lea, a native Mississippian, is the Associate Pastor of Family Life and Connection at St. Paul & St. Andrew. She served the same church as the Director of Ministry Operations before moving into full ministry. She is on the Executive Leadership Committee of the Queer Clergy Caucus and the Advisory Board of Methodists in New Directions. She is also on the Board of Directors of New Horizons, an after-school program serving the public schools of the Bronx. She currently is on the  teaching team for Field Education at Union Theological Seminary. 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 Riverdale, with her wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Nora.

Contact Lea: lea@stpaulandstandrew.org

Rev. Vicki Flippin
Associate Pastor of New Communities

Vicki is the Associate Pastor of New Communities at St. Paul & St. Andrew, where she lives out her passion for bringing new people into the Christian community and helping the church live beyond its walls. She recently served as the Pastor of Social Justice, Exploring Faith, and Inter-generational Ministries at Church of the Village in the West Village. A graduate of Yale Divinity School (2008) and the University of Chicago (2005), Vicki is Co-President of the national Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). She has served for many years on the steering committee of Methodists in New Directions (MIND). Vicki was a member of the New York 2016 Jurisdictional/General Conference delegation, one of the clergy elected to represent our Conference. She has served our Conference as chair of the Conference Commission on Higher Education & Campus Ministry and through the Commission on Religion & Race. She is a sought after preacher, and a blogger for the Huffington Post. Born in Taiwan and raised in the US, Vicki has close ties to her family in Taiwan and in the American Midwest. She enjoys life in Manhattan with her husband, Thomas, a classical guitarist, and their daughter Nia.

Contact Vicki: Vicki@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.  

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Support Staff

Edgar Diaz, Church Manager
Edgar Diaz, Church Manager
Jason Rodriguez, Cutstodian
Jason Rodriguez, Cutstodian
Danny Aponte, Superintendent
Danny Aponte, Superintendent
Jose Suriel, Security Guard
Jose Suriel, Security Guard
Hector Pagan, Hospitality Coordinator
Hector Pagan, Hospitality Coordinator
Deion Suriel, Security Guard
Deion Suriel, Security Guard
Hector Morales, Custodian
Hector Morales, Custodian
Jay Torres, Swing
Jay Torres, Swing