Meet Our Pastors

Reverend David Yun

Senior Pastor
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I was born in South Korea to a family with a Methodist Pastor as the head of household.  I was ten years old when my father’s wish to further his education in America caused my family to emigrate from Korea.  We settled in Bergen County, NJ.

The experience of my becoming an American was filled with joy.  The freedom gave me opportunity to try many things.  I thought I could do all things.  I tried music, engineering, sports, and other paths to live out and attain the “American Dream.”  But the Grace of God helped me to recognize my calling to ministry.  And God helped me to reclaim the words that I had lost when I thought I could do all things: “through Christ who strengthens me.”  My journey into ministry started with becoming a seminary student at Drew while serving two churches as a local pastor at Lyndhurst United Methodist Church and a youth pastor at Yobel Korean United Methodist Church.  I was appointed to Beverly United Methodist Church in 2008. While serving at Beverly, I was able to shed my status as a bachelor when Jennifer graciously accepted my marriage proposal.  God has blessed us with a son in 2012 and we named him Jonah.

I am eager to experience the joy of being part of First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton and pray for nurturing and growing what God has planted in all of us.

Reverend Tom Trainer

Retired Associate

Reverend Trainer brings a wealth of experience to the First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton.

  • Ordained Elder Northern NJ Conference-United Methodist Church
  • Pastorates:
    • 1954-1956-5-church rural parish, Middlefield, NY
    • 1956-1968-Pine Brook, NJ
    • 1968-1978-Arlington in Kearny, NJ
    • 1978-1983-Irvington, NJ
    • 1983-1992-Englewood, NJ
    • 1992-Retired
    • 1994 to present-Retired Associate First UMC-Tuckerton, NJ
  • Served on Annual Conference committees on Social Concerns and Mission
  • Education
    • SUNY, Oneonta -B.S. in Education
    • Drew University Theological School BD
    • Alfred Adler Institute of Psychology-2 years
    • Member of Order of St. Luke
    • Research Project:  Using the Lectio Divina mediation with a protestant congregation
  • Married to Lila Joyce Trainor, a retired high school English teacher, who is a member of United Methodist Women, Eucharistic Ministry, and JOY Group. They have 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 4 great-grand children

     Reverend Trainer is proud to be a contributor to FUMC’s world outlook: 

  • He was an exchange pastor to Northern Ireland 1978-1980, visited Iona, Scotland in 1984, 1999, 2001, and visited Israel in 1988 and 1992, bringing to FUMC a unique international viewpoint.
  • FUMC International outreaches:
    •  Home to Scottish pastor studying at Drew Theological School
    •  Developed a  very successful youth ministry between Russia and NJ
    •  Home to the vibrant House of Hope Spanish ministry
    •  Nominated the President of Macedonia for the Methodist Peace Prize