Rev.Dr.Truman Brooks III
Senior Pastor Truman Brooks oversees the spiritual life and mission of the church. His passions are preaching, teaching, visioning, and attending to pastoral care.
Pastor Brooks graduated from Lebanon Valley College (BA in Psychology and Religion), Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div.), the Marriage Council of Philadelphia (presently called the Council for Relationships) with a certificate in Marriage, Family, and Sex Therapy, and Palmer Seminary (D.Min.).
Truman has served as a United Methodist Pastor for over 30 years all around the Philadelphia Area- the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Conshohocken, Lansdale, and now West Chester.
He has served as an adjunct professor at Palmer Seminary and Wesley Seminary and taught pastoral care, leadership, and worship courses in the Eastern PA Conference Local Pastor's School and in Kenya. Truman has served on several local boards for service organizations in his communities and helped out with community theater. He has also volunteered for one week a year at summer camp as a director or counselor for over 30 years.
As for his personal interests, Truman loves singing and playing guitar, skiing, biking, hiking, and all Philly sports. He loves being a husband, father, and supportive member of the community.
Rev. Mercedes Case
Pastor Merc, a long-time member of the United Methodist Church of West Chester, joined the staff as Associate Pastor in July, 2023. Mercedes worked in the IT field for several years. Answering the call to professional ministry while a member of this church, she then completed the UMC Course of Study program at Claremont School of Theology, the Advanced Course of Study at Lancaster Theological Seminary and served in pastoral ministry at Parkesburg UMC, New London UMC and Avondale UMC. Ordained in 2018, she most recently served as a hospice chaplain for 5 years.
Mercedes seeks to help others grow in their faith and to serve out their faith in the church and community.
Mercedes is married to Tim and they have a son, Jonathan. Mercedes enjoys camping and reading, especially science fiction!
Tom Sabatino serves as the Music Director at UMCWC. He currently works part-time at Longwood Gardens as a Supervisor in the Performing Arts Department. He is also a freelance voice actor and PA Announcer. Previously, Tom was an editor and Manager of Product Sales for J.W. Pepper & Son in Exton, PA. Tom also taught general, instrumental, and vocal choral music in Delaware public schools for 31 years. He was active in the Delaware Music Educators Association where he served as President and All-State Chorus Chair. Tom has also been the Director of
Music for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Malvern, PA; St. Marks United Methodist Church in Stanton, DE, and was a professional tenor for Christ Episcopal Church, Christian Hundred, Wilmington, DE. He earned his BS in Music Education from West Chester University, (Percussion and Voice), and a M.Ed. in Leadership and Instruction from Wilmington University.
Tom currently lives in Valley Township, PA with his wife Mary Kate. He has two adult children, Jennifer and Jonathan who live near Newark, DE; and he and his wife have two granddaughters, Vivian and Isla.
Youth Ministries / Audio Visual Coordinator
Cory is responsible for planning and organizing ministries to help youth celebrate, connect with, develop in, serve in and share their faith. He also coordinates the livestream technology and all audio visual needs of the church.
It was the summer between middle and high school in Yorktown, VA, when Cory, who was raised Catholic, was at a Baptist church camp with some friends, responded to the Gospel by deciding to accept the gift of God's grace and began a new life of following Jesus. After participating in various church youth groups and Young Life in high school, Cory went on to get his B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, where through his involvement with CCO campus ministry at a Presbyterian church, he believes God called him into youth ministry. After few years in a youth ministry internship at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sewickely, PA, he was hired part-time, then full-time. After about five years there, God and family led him East and Cory has been with us here at UMCWC since 2006.
Cory is married to Angela, who is a social worker, and they have three boys, Simeon, Ezekiel, and Gabriel (who all love to run). They all enjoy being physically active, playing games, going on trips, and watching movies together. Cory's favorite sports teams are the Pitt Panthers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers, and Union (but he also roots for the Phillies and Steelers). Sports he likes to play the most are ultimate and disc golf. Wes Anderson is his favorite film maker. He enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, and his favorite bands are R.E.M. and Guster. Barbeque chips are his favorite food and he hates ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
Coordinator of Children and Young Families Ministry. Kelly oversees church functions involving infants through Grade 5. She is responsible for planning and organizing ministries that help children celebrate, connect with, develop in, serve in, and share their faith. Areas of responsibility include children’s Sunday School, Sprouts, Vacation Bible School, nursery caregivers, and many other special events.
Kelly has a BA in Sociology from Drew University and an MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University. She is currently working on her certification in children’s ministry. When she isn’t at church, Kelly’s husband, three sons, and dog keep her busy.
Stephen Campitelli is the organist for 8:45 worship and is the accompanist for Chancel Choir, Cross Connection, and Men’s Ensemble. He is also the organist for the 11:00 Sunday chapel service at Good Samaritan Church in Paoli, PA.
Mr. Campitelli received his Master of Music from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and is a past first prize winner for Pennsylvania in the National Music Teachers Association's Collegiate Artist Competition. He is a piano faculty member at Immaculata University and maintains an active performing, accompanying, and teaching schedule.