Meet our Team
At SUMC everyone on our staff values hospitality and service. We are committed to helping you connect to God and connect to each other through works of justice and mercy providing many ways for you to get involved in the work of building the kin-dom of God.
Rev. Lydia E. Muñoz,
I am a proud Puerto Rican made in Puerto Rico but born in Lancaster, Pa. So you can say I am a Dutcher-Rican! I am an Ordained Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. I graduate from Wesley Theological Seminary and did my undergraduate at Penn State University. I am currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Drew Theological School focusing on Public Theology hoping to be complete in May 2021.
Among my experience developing ministries of justice among marginalized and multicultural communities, I have been involved in leading worship for over 20 years in a variety and diverse settings, both locally and nationally, including for the World Council of Churches Assembly in South Korea 2013 and the United Methodist General Conference in 2012 and the Festival of Sacred Arts in Falstbo, Sweden. I am a published author and contributor on the New United Methodist Hymnal Committee and have been featured in Abingdon Preacher’s Manual 2019 and will be working with Abingdon again for 2020. I have served as worship leader for several annual conferences throughout the connection as well as national conferences including the United Methodist Women’s Mission U and General Assembly. Currently, I am chair of the Eastern Penn Conference Methodist Federation for Social Action and our conference's Rapid Response Team for Immigration. Anti-racism justice work is one of my priorities combating white supremacy in all its expressions both in the church and in society. I am passionate about developing a fully inclusive congregation where courageous conversations and reconciling opportunities can happen, where peacemaking can be made and love can grow as an expression of justice. The full radical Gospel of Jesus Christ is the basis for everything I do and I endeavor to follow Jesus even when it isn't popular. I have a passion for following the Spirit’s lead in the creation of sacred moments and spaces for emergent communities, where together as the gathered we can experience the transformative power of God. Our public worship is the most consistent public witness we do and so my general rule for worship is that the Church needs to worship and live incarnationally, which means we live what we sing and we sing what we live and what we are working to become- God’s Reign on Earth.
I am blessed to be married to the Rev. James McIntire, Esq. who I believe is one of the best pastor’s I’ve ever met. We share a house with family William (Willow) Gabriel Caraballo Muñoz, Lindsay McIntire and our dogs Ella and Mac!
Yun and her husband, Yool Lee, who is employed as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Neuroscience, both grew up in South Korea. Yun received her Bachelor of Arts in piano in Korea and then continued to study piano in Germany, where she completed her Artist Diploma at Kӧln Musikhochschule (Standort Aachen). After returning to Korea, while working as a pianist and teacher, she earned her Master of Music in musicology, with a concentration in western music history, at Seoul National University. She recently earned her Graduate Performance Degree in piano at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Yun has served several churches in Korea, Germany, and the United States as a choir pianist, most recently at Cheltenham Presbyterian Church and at Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church in Havertown. She has extensive experience in performance as well as in teaching and research, particularly while a faculty member in piano at Kyungpook National University and as a research assistant at Seoul National University. Yun has performed in seven solo piano recitals and numerous chamber music concerts here in the United States and in Korea and Europe.
Yun and Yool recently moved to Swarthmore with their two preschool-age daughters, Jeannie, who is two, and Bonnie, who recently celebrated her fifth birthday.
Peggy supports our congregation, pastor, and committees using her career professional office skills. Peggy and her husband, John, have one daughter, Sarah, who works for Home Star Remodeling in Claymont, DE. Peggy serves her local UMC as Chair of the Church Council and President of J.O.Y. Circle. She also plays 1st chair Clarinet in the Chichester Community Band, and sings in her church choir.