PASTORS

Pastors

Amy Banka, Lead Pastor, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, having graduated from Palmer Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, Pastor Amy was invited to join the Hopewell staff in June 2014, as the Pastor of Young Adults and Leadership Development.  She became Associate Pastor in 2016, and Lead Pastor in June 2018. 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 she learned about God's amazing heart for the broken and about Christ's willingness and power to save, heal, and transform.  A few years later, Pastor Amy heard God call her to pastoral ministry. Amy is married to Mike, 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!).

 

Eddie Cameron, Pastor of Administration, 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 joined Hopewell UMC in June 2018 after serving First UMC in Lancaster. Eddie is married to Lisa, and they have a son, James. Eddie enjoys playing tennis and golf, as well as keeping up-to-date on all things Apple.  Eddie and family love traveling together and exploring new cities around the world.

 

 

Vicki Pry, Associate Pastor, has been a member of the Hopewell staff since June 2001. She is a United Methodist Licensed Local Pastor (Wesley Theological Seminary), and a certified Spiritual Director. 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!

 

 

Shauna Ridge, Pastor of Congregational Care, was nurtured in faith through Hopewell UMC in Downingtown where she answered a gradual call to ministry while serving as Director of Lay Ministries. She graduated with a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and has served a variety of settings in Quarryville, Thorndale, and Coatesville. She is passionate about community engagement and connecting the resources of the church to meet the needs of the community. She believes the greatest resources of the church are her people, and among the community’s greatest needs is the current epidemic of loneliness. She sees our loss of connection as both opportunity and responsibility for the church and it drives this season of her ministry as Pastor of Congregational Care. Shauna is married to Jamie, her high school sweetheart of 37 years, and they’ve lived in the Downingtown community for the last 25 years. They have two beautiful daughters married to wonderful sons-in-law. Shauna is a hopeful gardener and enjoys reading, quilting, and rail-trail bike rides when she can.

 

 

Ally Ruch, Pastor of Children and Families, is a Licensed Local Pastor appointed to Hopewell with a focus on children and families. Ally was born and raised in an Appalachian town called Galax, VA. In May of 2018, Ally moved to Downingtown, PA to attend Eastern University and begin her time on Hopewell's staff. She graduated from Eastern University in 2019 with a BS in Business Administration and minor in Christian Thought. Before Ally's Pastoral appointment, she served in several roles including Young Adult Coordinator and Director of Congregational Care. Ally is married to Jonathan, and they love serving Hopewell together.