Rev. Janice Sutton Lynn comes to Maplewood from the UMC in Sparta, NJ and brings a wealth of energy and experience to the worship space. Rev. Lynn looks forward to serving in a diverse community and a progressive location where her conviction for full inclusion in the life of the Christian faith can be lived out and the Bible can be taught from contemporary and scholarly perspectives.
“Morrow is already an exceptional space, and is committed to justice ministries. These are tough times for the United Methodist Church. Morrow will continue to be a beacon of what God wants for our churches in 2019. Under no circumstances can Christians dare to deny good news and abundant lives to any of God’s children.”
A graduate of Drew Theological School and a second career pastor, Rev. Lynn has a vested interest in peace including a focus in recovery ministries, interfaith relationships, process and liberation theologies, and the early church prior to the rise of orthodoxy and colonization. She is committed to expanding spaces for contemplative worship and Christian meditation, “The noise of our times is demanding we turn inward to find God. In our silence, we can access the Spirit that is alive and speaking to us all. We are then enlivened to do God’s work of love for all.”
Rev. Lynn has served in Wantage, Highland Park, and Sparta after working for twenty years in advertising for the (Plainfield) Courier News in Bridgewater and the New York Times in NYC and Dallas. Educated “primarily on the streets”, Janice received a BA from the New School for Social Research prior to entering seminary. She has brought healing, new life, and growth to each of the churches she has served.
Rev. Brenda Wheeler Ehlers came to full-time ministry after a 15-year career in marketing and public relations. Her background in working with non-profit and for-profit organizations on the cutting edge of education reform has helped fuel her passion for bringing the best practices and pedagogy in secular education into religious education.
To pursue this work more fully in the church, Rev. Ehlers answered her call to ordained ministry and returned to Drew University for her theological education, where she received her undergraduate degree. She also has her Master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University.
Rev. Ehlers began serving as Morrow Church’s Director of Educational Ministries in 2003, which has allowed her to join her desire for the highest-quality religious education with her burning desire to help people live out their faith. She was appointed as Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Education Ministries in 2006.
At Morrow Church, Rev. Ehlers supports the youth ministry and education programs that immerse adults, children, and youth in a faith built on service, learning, worship, and spiritual practices.
A lover of stories, Rev. Ehlers is currently pursuing her doctorate in narrative theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. She firmly believes that when we share the stories of who we are and whose we are, we come closer to each other and closer to becoming the body of Christ.
Rev. Ehlers lives in Maplewood with her husband, Bill, and their three children. She loves attending the musical performances, sports events, and other special moments of her children – all 200 of them – who are part of Morrow Church.
Kenny Rueca graduated from Grace Christian High School in Manila, Philippines, and attended the Asian Institute of Technology of Electronics. Upon completion, he moved to Queens, New York.
Kenny has gained valuable maintenance skills through his background working in a diverse range of jobs. Yet it was his burgeoning interest and skill in gardening that first brought him to Morrow Church in 2002. Since then, his responsibilities have grown to include full maintenance of our building and grounds.
Kenny lives in South Orange with his daughter, Rica, a senior majoring in biology at Bloomfield College.