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Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Karl Kraft

Interim Pastor

Our interim pastor (September - December 2017) is the Rev. Dr. Karl R. Kraft, a retired Elder from the Greater NJ Annual Conference. Pastor Karl has been a steady part of our church since 2012 when he, his wife Evelyn, and daughter Karlyn, relocated to Dover.

He was graduated from Union College (Barbourville, KY; B. A., 1970); Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary, Philadelphia; M. Div., 1973); and the Theological School of Drew University (Madison, NJ; D. Min., 1990). Pastor Karl served nine NJ appointments over 43 years.

His hobbies include playing the guitar, singing, writing, cartooning, biking, walking, and composing a weekly humor e-newsletter. He received certification as a writer of children's literature from the Institute of Children's Literature in Madison, CT, in 2016.

Pastor Karl says he looks forward to working with the Kenton worshiping community to bridge the gap between appointed pastors, and asks for the congregation's prayers as he strives to maintain our church's momentum.

You can contact Pastor Karl at:

Michael Hill-Shaner

Director of Youth Ministries & Kidshine Coordinator

Michael started on staff in May of 2017. He leads our middle school and high school aged youth ministries; he also coordinates our kidshine ministry (Sunday School) and works with the adult volunteers.

Michael is a native to Smyrna DE and currently works full-time with students in the Smyrna School District. Before his time at Kenton, Michael had experience directing youth minsitries at Smyrna Wesleyan Church, St. John's Lutheran Church, and Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Gloria Holland


Gloria G. Holland, Magnolia, DE and formerly Lewes, DE has been playing music in The United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She has served with 10 different pastors.

Gloria is also the Director of The "Cheer"ful notes Glee Club under the umbrella of Cheer, Sussex County. They visit nursing homes, senior centers and Veterans homes spreading "Cheer" to the residents.

On a personal level, Gloria is also available to sing for receptions, reunions, retirements, and funerals. You name it, she sings!

Her motto: If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.

Roxanne Haley

Administrative Assistant

Roxanne joined the staff at Kenton in July 2015. She retired in 2014 after 29 years of service with the State of Delaware Family Court. She is originally from Elkton, Maryland and relocated to Smyrna, Delaware in 1982. She is currently married and has one son.

You can contact Roxanne at:

Eric Carroll


Eric and his family joined Kenton UMC in the spring of 2009 and he handles the custodial duties at the church. Eric also has been involved with the trustees, worship team, choir, vacation bible school, and he occasionally sits in with the 8am praise band.

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