St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ministry Team

Pastor Kevin William Benjamin
Pastor Kevin William Benjamin is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. Pastor Kevin is married to Jenneth and is the proud father of Nickeya (23), Kevin Jr.(16), Kenneth (8), Jennifer (6), Kyle (5), and baby Jessica, born in March of 2020. Previously, Pastor Kevin was appointed to Summit UMC, Mount Salem UMC,  and Seasons Hospice (chaplain). Prior to that appointment, Rev. Kevin served as Pastor of Ebenezer UMC (Delaware City) and St. Daniel’s (Port Penn, DE). Pastor Kevin’s first pastoral assignment was at Cornerstone UMC (Bear, DE) as an associate Pastor. Pastor Kevin has several degrees. He received his music education degree from Delaware State University and a Master's of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary. He also completed a master's degree in education. He received his pastoral care education and certification from Bay-Health Care Systems and DuPont Nemours Children’s Hospital.  Recently, Rev. Kevin has served as an adjunct professor at Wesley College.  For over twenty years, Pastor Kevin served as a Music Educator in the Christina School District and the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. In 2016,  Pastor Kevin left the field of music education to answer his full-time call to pastoral ministry. Pastor Kevin serves on the Neighborhood House Board and on the Wilmington District Urban Ministry Board. Occasionally, Pastor Kevin volunteers as a chaplain for DuPont Nemour’s Children's Hospital. On Tuesday evenings, Pastor Kevin, in collaboration with Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC,  provides free piano instruction to students of Urban Promise.  Previously, Pastor Kevin served as a volunteer at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Presently, Pastor Kevin volunteers, on every other fifth Tuesday, at Our Daily Bread, in Middletown, Delaware. Pastor Kevin has a passion for outreach, pastoral care, and music. This passion has been demonstrated during all of his previous appointments.  Several years ago, Pastor Kevin traveled to Spain to serve in the mission field alongside of recording artist, Richard Smallwood. Pastor Kevin is progressive in his theology and supports full inclusion of the LGBTQ community within the UMC denomination and local church, as it also pertains to marriage and ordination. At this past Annual conference, Pastor Kevin was commissioned as a provisional elder. Within this past year, Pastor Kevin continued to meet at Camp Pecometh, with his provisional group, to receive continuous training as he works towards ordination. He anticipates becoming a full elder at the 2021 Annual Conference. Pastor Kevin loves music and uses it as a vehicle to connect various churches within the community and denomination. Pastor Kevin previously organized two major concerts that represented 12 churches singing classical, Negro spirituals, gospel and praise music. These concerts were held at Grace UMC and Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC during the past Summer and Winter. 


Listed below you will find St. Paul's Church Staff, Lay Leaders and Committee Leaders.  If you have questions about any programs at St. Paul's please contact the person listed.  Our Administrative Assistant will be happy to assist in any way she can.  Reach her at the main church phone number or email at

Lay Leadership

Position/Committee Name(s) Contact Information
Pastor Pastor Kevin William Benjamin email Pastor Kevin
Administrative Assistant Bonnie Valeski email Bonnie
Family Life Coordinator  Janice Thompson email Church Office
Director of Music Ministries Amy Brown email Amy
Music Coordinator 8:30 Service Duane Dillard email Duane
Lay Leader Janet Miller email Janet
Lay Leader
Melissa Brooks email Melissa
Lay Leader
Mark Holden
Leadership Team Co-Chairs
Steve Johnson
Cathy Blanco
Staff/Parish Relations
Rick Pulling
Trustees Charlii Miller email Church Office
Finance Chair Hap Bonham (Interim) email Church Office 
Treasurer  Alice Mullins email Church Office
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference Janet Miller
Missions & Outreach
 Dawn Buckworth email Dawn
Missions & Outreach
Sue Holden
Newsletter Contact Bonnie Valeski email Bonnie
Website Contact Vickie Bush email Vickie
Women of St. Paul's N/A   
United Methodist Men            N/A                     
Youth Ministries Coordinator Janice Thompson email Church Office
Bishop Bishop LaTrelle Easterling  
District Superintendent Rev. Joe Archie