Meet US

Our Leadership Team

Our staff want to hear from you! Get to know them and find their contact info below. 

  • Michael Smith  //  Senior Pastor

       

    Pastor Michael has served at New Dover UMC in Edison, St. Peter's UMC in Ocean City and Tabernacle UMC in Erma. His creativity and contagious passion for reaching people for Christ has helped each congregation discover new and exciting means for making disciples. Pastor Michael is married to Albree and is the father of three children. He loves to read, go to the movies, and all styles of music - particularly Indie Folk. On Sunday, you will find his passion expressed through ministry in the local church, and afterwards, cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Beth Crawford  //  Executive Director  

       

    Beth brings several years of planning, project management, and marketing experience to her role as the manager of administration, operations, and communications at Clinton UMC. She also leads the church’s Stephen Ministry group. Beth and her husband, Greg, have two children: Lauren and Steven. She spends her free time reading, discovering new foods, and avoiding housework.

  • MELISSA Nyoni  //  Director of children's & Family Ministry

       

    Melissa is pursuing the call to build up the church through vocational ministry, especially in helping children, youth, and families connect with God. A graduate of Eastern University, she has worked in youth ministry and missions for more than 10 years. In addition, Melissa served with Pamoza International in Malawi, Africa. In her three years in Malawi, she began a school breakfast program, ran educational programs, and led Bible studies. She and her husband, Max, have two children. 

  • Mecan Payne  //  Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

       

    Mecan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry and double minors in Psychology & Theology from Eastern University. She is passionate about walking through life with young people and is dedicated to running a youth program that reflects the relational ministry of Jesus. Although a young adult herself, Mecan is new to young adult ministry and is very much enjoying the journey of trying new things, meeting new people and offering a space to connect. She enjoys all things pumpkin spice, running, yoga and any food classified as "dessert"; she also loves spending time with her husband, Corbin, and their two dogs, Penny & Dexter.

  • Corbin Payne  //  Director of Digital Ministry

        

    Corbin is the energy behind our digital ministry, connecting people with Jesus and each other through platforms such as the CUMC website, app and social media accounts. Corbin is an active leader in our worship ministry. He is also very involved in our youth and young adult programs, co-leading alongside his wife, Mecan, in both. Outside of our church community, Corbin enjoys skiing, writing music, refining his BBQ skills, and hiking with his wife and their two dogs. 

  • Andy Lenko  //  Director of music ministry

       

    Andy loves to create. He has a gifting in music and holds a degree in Music Education from Eastern University. His parents were both active musicians in his home church and growing up around music ministry, a natural role for Andy to grow into was a worship leader. He began playing on his church's worship team at the age of 10. He has 14 years of instrumental experience and 7 years of experience leading worship. If he's not making music he's either running or skiing.

  • Sandi Graham  //  Administrative Assistant

       

    Sandi keeps our office running at top speed and is the friendly voice you hear first on the phone. She has lived in Hunterdon County for her entire life. She graduated from North Hunterdon High School and has worked as an Administrative Assistant for 10 years. Sandi is married and has two children, Erica and James. She owned and operated a small business for 14 years before coming to Clinton.