Our Ministry Team

Rev. Sharon Baker (Pastor Sharon)

Pastor Sharon Baker hails from the Midwest and previously served the Marquette Park UMC in Gary, Indiana.  She was in the ministry in Indiana for more than 10 years serving churches in both rural and urban settings.  Prior to her appointment to NKUMC, she served the Moultonborough UMC in Moultonborough, NH.  Prior to answering the call to ministry, Pastor Sharon practiced law in Chicago, specializing in divorce and custody litigation.

She is single and originally requested to move to the New England Conference to be closer to family in Massachusetts.  For those of you concerned about sports allegiance, she does cheer for the Patriots, though for March Madness she’s behind the University of Indiana!

  
Paul Mancini, Sr., Music Director

Paul started playing the organ in Bristol's St. Mary's Church when he was twelve years old.  He has been a Music Director/Organist for over forty years, and has had experience at East Greenwich United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church.  Paul also had the opportunity to serve with two Baptist, two Congregational (UCC), one Lutheran, two Episcopal, and three Roman Catholic parishes.  Paul moved to North Kingstown in 2009 as a result of the church in which he was employed closed after many years of dwindling membership.  He received an email from a friend who sings in the North Kingstown Community Chorus saying that she'd heard that the Methodist Church in North Kingstown was looking for a new Music Director. 
 
God works in very mysterious ways sometimes, and Paul is an ardent believer that there are no coincidences.  He has been able to work with some very talented and committed folks who make the 'work' seem less of a job and more of an adventure.  Paul relates that he was told once that if you were ever to find a job that you loved to do, that you would never have to 'work' a day in your life.  He found that venue in teaching for over forty years, and believes his is incredibly fortunate to have found this position having many of the same characteristics.  The NKUMC members have been supportive and encouraging, and seem to be positive in their response to many of our new praise and worship songs and our new hymnal.

Yasmin Echeverri, Nursery Care

Yasmin is originally from Columbia and now a citizen of the United States. She and her husband, Leonard, and daughter Natalie, live in North Kingstown. Her previous experience comes from helping out with her mother’s daycare. 

Yasmin is a nursing student at CCRI. In her spare time she is active riding her bike, roller skating, and gardening. She especially likes helping her neighbors and enjoys her trips to the library and her “adventures with Isabel.”