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Rev. Domingos Fernando


Domingos Francisco Fernando, graduating from Drew Theological School in May with a M.Div. degree, and holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Africa University. After graduating from AU, he spent two years of missionary work in Brazil as a Methodist Global Mission Fellow. Originally from Angola, Domingos loves to build strong relationships both within and outside the church setting. Domingos treasures his personal relationship with God which inspires him to share God’s love with all of God’s people and creation. Domingos is excited to be joining the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference where he looks forward to growing as a servant leader and learning from both his ministerial colleagues and parishioners.


Youth Pastor

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson was born in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of Valley Forge (undergraduate) where he received his degree in Pastoral Ministry. While in College, Mike felt the Lord telling him he had a calling to shepherd God's people. 


Mike graduated from Missio Seminary in 2017 with his Master's degree in Ministry. Mike became an Elder under the Mt. Calvary Holy Family Church inc. in March 2022. Mike has served in various roles while in ministry, Preaching, teaching Bible Study, Youth Leader, visiting, the sick and shut-in, and many other roles. Mike currently travels the country doing motivational speaking in Schools and Colleges. Mike is an author, his book Yes, You Can: 7 Keys to Student Success has been used in schools across the country as a curriculum. Mike lives in Delaware County with his loving wife Adrian, and have been married for 8 years. 


Administrative Assistant

Melanie Passarella

After graduating from Penn Wood Senior High School, Melanie earned an Associate's Degree in Office Administration at Delaware County Community College.  She has been employed at various businesses including Jiffy Lube, medical supply company and Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic).  


Melanie and her husband Norman have bee married for 20 years. They love being Mama and Papa to Renee and Lilly! They also enjoy spending time with family, friends and their cats.  Hobbies Melanie enjoys are genealogy, word search, crossword puzzles, drawing, coloring and computer aided designing.

Pat Beckett has been the Administrative Assistant of NUMC since April of 1993. After graduating Swarthmore H.S., she went to work in the family wholesale jewelry business in Philly's Jeweler's Row as a diamond setter for several years. Pat then worked at Reliance Insurance Company in King of Prussia for 10 years as an insurance rater & c/s/r in the Personal Lines Dept. When the company moved to South Carolina, she was able to stay home and take care of her daughter for a year.


When one door closes, the Lord opens another. Pat was then told about an opening at NUMC . . . and the rest is history. Pat married Dale in 1982, and has one daughter, Stephanie. She loves to bike, garden, read, and vacation in Ocean City, MD.

Church Treasurer
Kurt Schaefer, Sr.


Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for the last 29 years. He also is serving as Treasurer of Little Blessings Christian Preschool for 19 years, and is currently on its Board.


Kurt is married to his wife, Joan, for 50 years, and has three sons, Kurt Jr., Kenneth and Kevin. He is the proud grandfather of three grandsons and one granddaughter. His favorite past-time is raising funds for the Springfield Lions Club, who help serve the blind. He also enjoys spending time with his family.

Financial Secretary
Lynda Stine

Lynda Stine is a graduate of Sharon Hill High School and Peirce Junior College. Immediately upon graduation from high school Lynda worked at The Insurance of Company of North America for four years as a typist. After INA she started working at Friends Select School. She retired from Friends Select in 2011 after working there for 43 years mainly as the Lower/Middle School Secretary.


Lynda was a member of Sharon Hill UMC which merged with Norwood UMC in 2000. Shortly after the merger, she became Financial Secretary. Her hobbies include knitting, needlepoint and photography.

Our school board is made up of Norwood United Methodist Church members. They volunteer their time to help with the preschool; from finances, publicity, policies and guidelines, to fundraisers and other special events. They hold regular meetings and are a valuable resource and support for the preschool staff!  Click blue link above to visit LBCP.

Director and Teacher
Maggie McCans

Maggie is the director and teacher at Little Blessings. She has been in the field of education for over twenty years, teaching and substituting in both preschool and grades K-8.  She operated a home daycare for over ten years and volunteered several years as a religious educator.  Maggie has volunteer experience with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts as well.

Maggie & her husband John are the parents of eight (7 sons & 1 daughter) and grandparents of two, Harper Lynne and Liam Shaun.  They all enjoy time at the Delaware seashore. 

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Teacher Aide
Paige Myers

Paige is a school bus driver for the Interboro High School.  She enjoys working at the preschool and is always up for adventures and traveling.   She often spends a lot of her time at her campground in Ocean City, NJ.

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