Staff

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Bob Coombe, Senior Pastor

Robert (Bob) Coombe was born in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, in 1950, and raised in Levittown, Bucks County, where he graduated from Pennsbury High School. He has been a minister since 1977, completing his education and training from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Rev. Coombe has served Methodist congregations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, including Lindley United Methodist Church in Olney from 1978 to 1991, Union United Methodist Church in Havertown, Delaware County, PA. from 1991 to 2005, and at Yardley United Methodist Church from 2005 until the present.

Rev. Coombe also serves on the Methodist Services Board of the Methodist Home for Children, and also as an Alternate Board member of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, with whom he has been connected since the early 1980’s.

Rev. Coombe represents the EPA Conference on the Ecumenical Working Group for Middle East Peace. He has been on the Board of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, Bangor, PA since 2010.








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Tamie Scalise, Associate Pastor

Tamie Scalise, born in upstate New York and raised in Lancaster County, now resides in the Reading area with her partner and two amazing children. With a Master’s degree in Elementary education, Tamie served in public schools before resigning to pursue her Master of Divinity at Lancaster Theological Seminary.  In three different churches, Tamie has developed children and youth ministry programs that encourage our young people to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through open conversations and real-world learning experiences within a safe, loving faith community. Moreover, her passion for social justice work around issues of race and poverty is reflected in her leadership with Tesserae, a team committed to supporting the vision of Village Mozayik in Haiti. Village Mozayik is a community of 126 homeless families who united in 2010 following the earthquake to build a village in Hinche where everyone has a home and safe place to live. In her free time, Tamie writes poetry and enjoys nature through hiking and camping.









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Laura Taddie, Director of Youth Ministries

Laura L. Taddie was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where family values took precedent and planted seeds of faith. A faith that would eventually be harshly tested upon rejection from the church. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University, Laura relocated to Northern New Jersey and began a lucrative career in medical device. Far from her childhood passion to make Jesus’ love known, Laura traveled throughout the United States and Europe partnering with surgeons to design reconstructive orthopedic implant systems, clinically study implant effectiveness, as well as provide instruction in the operating room. In 2014, Laura had a strong notion to resign from her corporate career and move back to Philadelphia. While rediscovering her relationship with God, she did what she knew best: medical device. Laura started her own consulting firm, grato llc, as well as assumed the role of chief executive officer of Animotion llc, a start-up device company derived from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Innovation. In 2016, Laura experienced a divine force that caused her to ‘drop her net’ completely and follow Jesus. After an intense spiritual battle between what she wanted to do with her life, and what God wanted to do with her life, Laura is now in seminary studying public ministry. She says, “...to know her story is to tell of a real walk with Jesus”.




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Kevin O'Malia, Director of Music

Kevin O'Malia, a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, holds B.M and M.M. degrees in Church Music with honors, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, in Princeton, NJ.  Degree concentrations include organ and choral conducting.  Kevin has served in a variety of capacities, assisting in directing, playing and in choral accompaniment, most recently at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ and at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT.   He also has served as Music Director at the Episcopal church at Princeton University.   Kevin has been heard on National Public Radio's feature "Pipedreams" twice, and has concertized in the United States, Great Britain and France.
You can find information about the music program by clicking 
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Bruce McNeel, Director of Publications

Bruce McNeel produces the weekly worship bulletin, the FUMCOG newsletter Tidings and posters and flyers for all  church events. He shares bulletin cover production with Sandy Clay Bauer. Bruce is a native Philadelphian who spent childhood summers on farm in Chester County. He studied Graphic Design at Philadelphia College of Art (now Univ. of the Arts) and at the School of Visual Arts in NYC where he studied under Milton Glaser. Bruce also plays guitar and banjo and brings his music into the worship experience.




















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Sederia Brown, Office Manager

Sederia Brown is a Mt. Airy native. She graduated from Herny H. Houston Middle School, and later attended Bodine High School of International Affairs in Northern Liberties. Sederia Brown has worked in the Administrative field in many different capacities for over 6 years. She is the wonderful mother of two boys. Sederia is the CEO/Founder of Madam TechKnow (2 years). Her mission is to educate, empower and provide opportunities through technology. Her vision is to bridge the technology gap for all generations! Sederia volunteers at women shelters, is a part of many different homelessness initiatives around the city, and is very active in transforming lives daily through her testimony! 

 6001 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144  215.438.3677  fax: 215.438.3077 email: office@fumcog.org