Who We Are

Our Leadership & Team

ESUMC has a vibrant and diverse staff that believes in the the gospel and has experienced the saving grace of Christ Jesus. We’re invested in our ministry, passionate about people, and committed to His service. From the Senior Pastor to our weekday sexton, our team is here to love and serve others. 

Rev. Samuel Kofi Ashley

Rev. Samuel Kofi Ashley

Senior Pastor

Rev. Samuel Derick Kofi Ashley is an ordained elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Born and raised in Ghana, a country that can be found on the West Coast of Africa, he attended the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra for his bachelor’s degree in History and the Study of Religions. He obtained his Master of Education degree in Political Science from the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ. Pastor Kofi serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Northeast District Committee on Ministry (DCOM), and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) Nominations Committee.

Pastor Kofi has served at several United Methodist Churches: East Stroudsburg, Portland, Analomink, Richmond, and most recently, Mount Pocono, where he served since 2012 prior to his return to minister here at East Stroudsburg on July 1st, 2020. He loves prayer, worship, and Bible Study, cooking, shopping, sports, and hanging out with his six-and-half-year-old son, Sammy. He is excited to get to know the church family and community, to build relationships, and to welcome new families to ESUMC.

In his own words, “We trust the Lord to continue to provide the grace, wisdom and strength that we need to do the Lord’s work, for our own strength and power are limited. And this is my prayer, that I would continue to learn, and trust God to lead me and help fulfill the plans the Lord has in store for me, and ministry here at ESUMC and in this community at large.” Pastor Kofi lives with his wife, Sarah, and son Samuel (Sammy) in East Stroudsburg, PA.

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1014
kashley@esumc.net

Ministry & Administrative Staff

Scott Kuhnle

Assistant Pastor, Director of Student Ministry

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1013

Rachel Thompson

Director of Congregational Care & Discipleship

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1011

Erica Dorsch

Director of Family & Children's Ministry

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1017

Michelle Traub

Nursery Coordinator

(570) 421-3280 Ext. 1017

Rich Poole

Church Administrator

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1015

Kathy Ravago

Administrative Assistant

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1010

Christine Uporsky

Accounts Receivable

(570) 421-3280  Ext. 1012

Doug Malefyt

Director of Contemporary Worship

Tasitha Gilbert

Director of Traditional Worship, Choir Director

Chris Perfetti

Director of Bells

Jon Strack

Organist

Custodial Staff

Avil Dial

Lloyd Davenport

Sexton