DongJin Choi (DJ)
Reverend DongJin (DJ) Choi has been the pastor of Norwood United Methodist Church since July of 2013. He grew up in South Korea and came to the United States to study when he was 19 years old. He earned a B.S. degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.
He started his full-time ministry as a youth pastor at Bensalem Korean UMC in 2004. In 2007 he was appointed to Johnson Memorial UMC. And he served West Lawn UMC as an associate pastor from 2009-2013. DJ came to Norwood in the summer of 2013. He is married to EunJung (EJ) and has two children Joseph and Deborah. He loves to go fishing, hiking, and biking with his family. His favorite place to vacation is Outer Banks, North Carolina.
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, with her family.
Kurt T. Schaefer, Sr., has been a member of Norwood United Methodist Church since March of 1964. He has been serving as Treasurer for the last 44 years, has been Lay Leader for the past 24 years, and is serving as equalizing member to the 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.
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!
Director and Teacher
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.
Additionally, Maggie has been raising 8 children with her husband and a granddaughter joined the family in May 2015. She loves to decorate classroom bulletin boards and knows that PRESCHOOL IS COOL!!!
Cheryl has been working with children since she was young. Cheryl is co-teacher for the preschool and is responsible for "Bible Time" and Christian education with the children.
Over the years, she has taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She has also been a leader and teacher with Pioneer Girls and Explorer Girls.
From 2006 to 2012, Cheryl was a teacher for K3-K5 as well as 1st and 2nd grades at Woodlyn Christian School. Cheryl has a son and two daughters; one daughter is also a teacher.