Leadership

Amy Banka, Lead Pastor

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Rev. Amy Banka was invited to join the Hopewell staff in June 2014—first as the Pastor of Young Adults and Leadership Development and then as Associate Pastor in 2016. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Amy loves to teach and preach. She is passionate about the transformational power and presence of Jesus Christ, and she looks forward to her new role as Lead Pastor.

Originally from Philadelphia, Amy graduated from Arcadia University in 1996 with a BA in English and in 1998 with a MA in English. Before becoming a pastor, Amy worked as a freelance copy editor and as a freshman writing instructor at Drexel University. Upon hearing the call to pastoral ministry, she attended and later graduated from Palmer Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 2009. Since then, she has served Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church (Philadelphia), Fallsington United Methodist Church (Bucks County), and Faith United Methodist Church (Stroudsburg).

Amy married her husband, Michael, in May 1999, and they have two beautiful daughters, Grace and Emily. Amy enjoys drinking coffee, reading, creative writing, playing board games, and visiting Longwood Gardens. (Red roses, jasmine, and lilacs smell the best!)

Not having grown up in the Church, Amy came to faith in Jesus Christ as a young adult. Upon hearing the gospel and feeling the presence of Christ in her heart and life, she sought a church home where she could learn and grow as a Christian. She stumbled into Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, where the pastor had been praying for God to send her young people to mentor. :) There, through worship and the Word, she learned about God's amazing heart for the broken and about Christ's willingness and power to save, heal, and transform. The words of the hymn "Something Beautiful" captures her journey well: "Something beautiful, something good/All my confusion He understood/All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife/But he made something beautiful of my life." A few years later, Amy heard God call her to pastoral ministry, convicting her that she was teaching the wrong material—that, instead of teaching writing, she should teach the Bible. Amy finds deep beauty and life in scripture, worship, prayer, music, and Christian service—and she is excited to share what God teaches her.

Eddie Cameron, Associate Pastor

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Pastor Eddie grew up in a small town just south of Raleigh, North Carolina, and moved to Lancaster, PA in 1999 after graduating from Campbell University with a BA in Religion and minor in Environmental Sciences. For five years Eddie served a small church in the Strasburg area while working full time at Sight and Sound Theaters and the Fulton Theatre in the box office and ticketing department. In 2006, Eddie matriculated into Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC where he graduated with a Masters in Biblical Studies in 2009. Eddie joins Hopewell UMC after having served First UMC: Lancaster since 2009, most recently as Pastor of Discipleship and Administration.

Eddie married his wife, Lisa, in November 2014, and they have a son, James, who is the joy of their lives. Eddie enjoys playing tennis and golf, as well as keeping up-to-date on all things Apple. Eddie and Lisa, and now James, love traveling together and exploring new cities around the world.

Eddie was born into a church-going family and came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of eight. Growing up in the church, Eddie was deeply involved with summer camp, youth group, missions, and young adult ministries. In 1996 Eddie's trust in God in all circumstances was tested when his father died suddenly. This time of pain, grief, and loss strengthened Eddie's commitment to God and dependence on Jesus. In the intervening years, Eddie continued to deepen his knowledge of God in seminary and his faith in Jesus by practicing the Means of Grace and spiritual disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and fasting. For Eddie, God is a restorative and reconciling Spirit seeking to bring all creation back into proper relationship so that the Kingdom of God may come on earth as it is in heaven.

Vicki Pry, Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Vicki Pry 
Vicki has been a member of the Hopewell staff since June 2001.  She is a United Methodist Licensed Local Pastor(Wesley Theological Seminary) appointed to the church by our conference.  She is a certified Spiritual Director and her passion in ministry is to creatively raise awareness and offer opportunities for folks to draw closer to the Lord through spiritual practices.  Vicki is a graduate of the University of Delaware, having majored in Physical Education.  She later obtained an elementary education certification from Immaculata University and taught kindergarten in the Downingtown Area School District for 15 years prior to her call to formal ministry.  Vicki and her husband, Dick, have lived in Downingtown for 37 years and raised their three daughters within the life of this congregation.  They feel blessed beyond measure to have their daughters, sons-in-law and nine grandchildren living in the immediate area and worshiping here at Hopewell!
 

Dan Hepner, Pastor of Discipleship Ministries

Dan Hepner
Dan Hepner was appointed in a quarter time position to Hopewell Church by our conference in 2008. Pastor Dan came to Hopewell Church after serving for the last two years as part time Pastor at Glenmoore United Methodist Church. He is a United Methodist Local Pastor and Hopewell Church is Dan's second conference appointment.
 
His areas of ministry include preaching and worship leadership, teaching and adult education, new member ministry and discipleship.
 
Dan is a graduate of West Chester University, majoring in Criminal Justice. Currently Dan is enrolled as a part time student at Evangelical School of Theology in their Masters of Divinity program. Prior to his calling to ministry, Dan worked in law enforcement and currently continues his career in the insurance business. Dan and his wife Donna have lived in Downingtown since 1985 and have been members of Hopewell Church since 1986. Dan and Donna are the parents of four daughters, all raised in Hopewell's congregation.

Keith Wilburn, Pastor of Urban Connection

Keith Wilburn 
Pastor Keith Wilburn joined the Hopewell staff in November 2016 in a quarter-time position.  His primary responsibilities include leadership of The Well, Hopewell’s urban ministry initiative in the borough of Downingtown, and preaching, teaching and the leading of worship.  Keith also serves as the executive director of Coatesville Kids to College, a ministry he founded in 2013 to serve children and youth.  

Following graduation from Downingtown High School, Keith earned a BA in English Literature and a BS in Secondary Education from Boston University.  After serving as a campus minister, a youth pastor, and a high school English teacher in Boston, Keith received his M.Div. from Palmer Theological Seminary.  He was ordained in a non-denominational church in 2008, and is currently working towards licensure and ordination within the United Methodist Church.  Keith and his wife, Ali, have a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Christian.  

Keith has experienced the life changing power of Jesus Christ in his own life, and is passionate about being used by God to bring the transformational power of Jesus to the whole world so that lives and communities can be restored and brought to fullness of health and life.  It is Keith’s great joy to be called to live out this mission as a pastor at Hopewell UMC.

Contact the Pastoral Staff.

Staff

Director of Lay Ministries -- Deb Boyd
Director of Congregational Care -- Jen Lisowski
Director of Youth Ministries -- Mike Banka
Children's Ministries -- Cheri Miller, Katy Garner, Heather Compton
Director of Hopewell Christian School -- Donna Hepner
Director of Traditional Music Ministries -- Rebecca Gamble
Contemporary Music Coordinator - Jonathan Ruch
Director of Media & Technical Support -- Deb Collins
Church Administrator -- Becky Bennington
Membership Secretary -- Lynne Kreher
Financial Secretary -- Diane Krusen
Worship Secretary -- Kathy Geary
Controller -- Cindy Angle