Our Pastor

Pastor Donald Kirschner feels incredibly blessed and extremely excited to be a part of all God is doing at Boonton UMC! Although originally from Sun Valley, CA, he moved to Waxahachie, TX at the age of 11, and now finds himself calling NJ home. Before coming to Boonton, he served as pastor at the First UMC of Mt. Holly in Mt. Holly, NJ from July, 2015-June, 2018, first as part of a Young Clergy Initiative while in seminary and then as a licensed local pastor for his third year of ministry there. In 2014, he received his B.A. in both Psychology and Christian Ministries from Azusa Pacific University in southern CA. In 2017, he completed his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Pastor Donald is passionate about exploring new avenues to reach out to those who are marginalized, discovering creative ways to do church, and forming meaningful spaces of encounter whereby people can experience the transforming love and grace of God. He enjoys running long distances, singing and playing guitar, writing reflective journal entries, and spending time with his wife Katherine, whom he met during his first semester of seminary and married on October 21, 2017. Katherine is also a minister, serving as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex. God is certainly at work in our community and at Boonton UMC. Pastor Donald looks forward to all that lies ahead as God continues to use our church and its ministries to be a bright light for others and for God’s kingdom.


Our Staff

Secretary: K. DuBose
Music Director: Stephanie Lindley
Lay Leader & Financial Chair: Annette Thurkauf
Admin. Chair: Karen Korinda
SPRC Chair: Mike Bolen
Trustees Chair: Doug Phelps
Senior Ministry: Janet Beam
Youth Ministry & S.E.A.R.C.H.: Michelle Albano

Staff Biographies

Secretary: K DuBose

Ms. DuBose is excited to be a part of BUMC. She has several years of Administrative Assistant experience under her belt. She is very family oriented and enjoys crafting.

Music Director: Stephanie Lindley

Stephanie Lindley HeadshotStephanie received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Theatre Degrees from UNC-Greensboro. She currently teaches voice and piano at Passaic County Community College and serves as Music Coordinator at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Succasunna as well as being Music Director at Boonton United Methodist Church. Stephanie Lindley has been performing, directing and teaching music and theatre in NJ, FL, VA and NC for decades. Stephanie has worked frequently as a Musical Director/Keyboardist and her favorite musicals include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Triad Stage/Barn Dinner), Passing Strange (Greensboro College), Five Guys Named Moe (Barn Dinner), Eubie! (NCA&T), Rent (Open Space Café/Catawba College/Lee Street Theatre), and Hands on a Hardbody (GTCC Creative Arts Theatre). Also in Greensboro, Stephanie served as Music Director at Vandalia Presbyterian Church for 8 years, and Faith Presbyterian for 3 years. Since moving back to NJ from NC in 2017, Stephanie has served as Musical Director/Keyboardist at Centenary Stage and the Bickford Theatre, working on 8 different musicals within 6 months. She has also performed the role of “Karen” in an original musical about American racism called Then Sean Met Khalid at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, and with Grandmaster Caz in the Bronx. Stephanie enjoys the relaxed and loving spirit of the community at BUMC, and appreciates the opportunity to bring her enthusiasm, energy and experience to a very exciting congregation. God lives in our laughter and our music.