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Pastor Jeff Wells is the Lead Pastor of the Church of the Village. Previously, Pastor Jeff served for 10 years as pastor at Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, NY. He currently serves on the steering committee of Methodists in New Directions, the reconciling ministry group within the NY Annual Conference, alongside Pastor Vicki and Pastor Elyse. He chaired the Conference Board of Church and Society from 2006 through 2012. Pastor Jeff also served for three years as a board member of the United Methodist City Society. He helped to write and implement the NY Annual Conference policy requiring anti-racism training for all clergy. Pastor Jeff has been a life-long passionate advocate for social and economic justice, and human and civil rights. His non-fiction writing has been published widely in print and online. Pastor Jeff is grateful to be married to Diane Barclay, a gifted psychoanalyst, leader, teacher, singer, and compassionate human being. 

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Rev. Elyse Ambrose – Associate Pastor

Pastor Elyse Ambrose is Associate Pastor of Social Justice and Small Groups. She is a Provisional Deacon in the New York Annual Conference. Pastor Elyse received a Master of Divinity in Ethics and New Testament Studies from Gammon Theological Seminary at The Interdernominational Theological Center (Atlanta, Georgia). Currently a Ph.D. student at the Drew Theological School, she studies Christian Social Ethics, and concentrates in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as African American Studies. Pastor Elyse serves as a Steering Committee member of Methodists in New Directions (MIND), an Executive Committee member of the Board for Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), and a member of the Alliance of Clergy and Allies to Heal the Plight of Homeless LGBTQ Youth. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Iona College. 

Jorge Lockward – Minister of Worship Arts

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, he currently lives in New York City where he works as Director of the Global Praise Program of the General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church. He also serves as Chairperson of the Worship and Liturgy Committee of the World Methodist Council. Jorge is passionate about worship that brings people together across the divides of ethnicity, social class, age, gender identity and more.