The Youth Ministry program at Denville Community Church has been developed as a support to our young adults in their faith journey, while encouraging them to be exactly the person the Lord created them to be.
Has God blessed you with creative hands? Can you knit or crochet even the simplest stitch? Come join us as we knit/crochet prayer shawls! Use the gifts and talents that God has blessed you with to bless someone who needs to feel God’s love!
"United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church."
Our invitation is open to all who wish to experience a sense of belonging within a nurturing environment inspired by Christian-centered values and objectives. As you worship with us, may you sense the Presence of God and the warmth of a welcoming congregation.
Our purpose at Denville Community Church is to be an enthusiastic community of God’s love in action. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, we seek to share this love in response to human needs, hurts and hopes.
Pastor Ed Carll was ordained in 1980, and has practiced pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church New Jersey at four parishes prior to his appointment to Denville. Ed received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1981 and earned a Masters of Theology in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling in 1987. He has also done extensive graduate work in the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Richard Stockton College of NJ, and he has been a presenter at the International Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Church. Currently, he is a Community Fellow at Drew University School of Theology and is drawn to Interfaith Dialogue. His wife, Gabriele, has been by his side since 1976 and has been actively engaged in ministries of her own calling.
Janice McCrostie is a follower of Jesus who has been active in Youth and Child ministries for over 10 years. Throughout her young adult life she worked with The Search for Christian Maturity and the 4th Day Reunion Retreats, helping North Jersey’s Youth and Young adults continue their faith journey. She is empowered and impassioned by the grace and love that Christ offers every human being, in every corner of the world. Janice attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of the Arts and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a Masters in Literature.
Jean Nightingale is the Office Administrator at Denville Community Church and has been a staff member since February, 2013. She will most likely be the voice you hear when you call the office, and the person who will respond to your emails and mail that go to the church. A part-time staff member, Jean is responsible for the day to day operations of the office and our church.
On a personal note, Jean has been a member of Denville Community Church for about 26 years, serving on many committees, small groups and councils. Jean worked as a Product Manager in the Telecom Industry for 33 years and, after her retirement, was a teacher at Denville Community Church Preschool as well as a substitute teacher in the Boonton Township School district. She and her husband, Jim, have 2 daughters who “grew up” attending DCC, enjoying Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group.
Theresa Ackerman is the Director of our Pre-School at Denville Community Church. Theresa and her husband have been members of DCC since 1993 and she has been the director since 2005. She brings a wealth of experience along with her professional credentials:
M.A., Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University and a B.S., Special Education from Trenton State College. She also has the New Jersey Principal Certification, New Jersey Supervisor Certification and New Jersey Teacher of the Handicapped Certification.
We are very blessed to have such a caring and loving person as part of the staff and community here at our church.
YoungKwang Jun was born and raised in South Korea and moved alone to New Jersey in 2014. YoungKwang has dedicated his life to music ministries since he was 5 starting his piano accompanist career at his childhood church. In addition to his current role as Director of Music Ministries here at Denville Community Church, YoungKwang has had the privilege of traveling the country leading worship sessions along with other talented church musicians at United Methodist annual conferences and occasions for several years. Also, YoungKwang currently serves on the worship team of Drew Theological School.
Kim Graceffo has been the youth handchime and choir director at Denville Community Church for the last three years. She tells us she grew up at Denville Church and, more specifically in the choirs – singing, ringing and playing piano during worship. She says it was an important part of her childhood and a large component of what made this church feel like home for her. Kim’s goal now is for the children in her choirs to have that same comfortable feeling and attachment to the community of Denville Community Church.