New Pastor Appointment Announcement
Meet Rev. Erica (Milone) Munoz
Rev. Erica (Milone) Munoz has been ordained an Elder in Full Connection in 2012. She grew up in the Newton UMC and went on to receive a Bachelors of Music Education from WV Wesleyan College and a Masters of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology. She also obtained a Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry from the Boston Theological Institute.
Upon graduation, she was appointed as the GNJ Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries and Safe Sanctuaries. In 2014 she was appointed to Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick and has served as the Chair of the Raritan Valley District Committee on Ministry, Secretary of the GNJ Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and is currently a Circuit Elder in the Metro Highlands region.
She and her husband, Matt, have two children, Madelyn 9 and Braelon 6, and a Goldendoodle named Hazel.
In her teen years, Erica had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of many youth programs and ministries throughout the Skylands District. Her parents and the congregation at Newton UMC helped support her desire to connect with Christian friends through a summer camp at Camp Aldersgate, joining the music program at Belvidere UMC, going on retreats and mission trips with the District and Conference ministry programs but more specifically in her participation in ASP and youth programming with the Trinity UMC. She traveled for 3 summers with the youth of Trinity and their leaders to do this wonderful work that is still such an important part of Trinity’s mission and formative to her faith journey. She went to summer camp with the Fowler girls = Faith was even her counselor a few summers, worked with Christina while on Staff at the conference office, did rocka-thon fundraisers, car washes, road trips with the youth group here, was mentored by Rev. Joe McCarthy in the early steps of her ordination process, was interviewed and hired by Bishop Devadhar in the conference room next door and to this very day she continues to deeply value the friendship and the leadership shared with a beloved colleague and friend in Pastor Frank. She has remained faithful in her connection to Trinity supporting her sister who has participated in the Haiti trips, married by Frank, and in the relationship that her mom, her sister and family have created with the Trinity community in these past few years. She is so grateful and blessed to experience the love of Jesus in her life and is so excited to bring some of her experiences full circle as she comes back to a place that has meant so much to her throughout her journey of faith.