Pastor Myung Eun Park

Myung is originally from Seoul, South Korea. After studying Christian education in Methodist Theological Seminary at Ewha Women's University Graduate School in Seoul, she came to Boston to pursue her Master of Divinity at Boston University School of Theology. She earned her MDiv and STM from Boston University.

She is passionate about authentic worship, deepening discipleship, connecting to and serving neighbors with Christ's love. You can contact her at


Lay Leader: Les Priest
Les Priest is a Realtor by profession and has been a member of Readfield United Methodist Church since 1987. He lives in Readfield with his wife, Betsy, who is also a very active member of the church. They have two sons and a grandson, who they spend as much time with as possible. Les loves the outdoors and the peaceful solitude of the woods. He and his family knew that RUMC was the place for them from their first visit in 1986 by the friendly and welcoming people with a strong sense of community. This was the way the church was then and it continues to this day. Come join our church family.

Music Director:  Phoebe Payne
Phoebe is a is cellist, pianist, and teacher, who brings to RUMC a lifetime of involvement with music in the church. She received her musical training in Texas and in New York City. Phoebe grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where her mother was organist of a large Baptist church. Her late husband, Joseph, was organist of two prominent Boston Episcopal churches. In Boston, Phoebe directed the All Saints’ Ashmont Boy Choir and the Emmanuel Children’s Choir for many years. Both choirs sang for weekly church services and had numerous professional engagements, including performances at Boston Symphony Hall and live broadcasts on public radio. For the past nine years, Phoebe has been music teacher/specialist at Forest Hills School in Jackman. She also serves as a mediator in the Maine court system.  Her son, Christopher, is a photographer in NYC where he lives with his wife, Danielle, who is a teacher. Phoebe hopes to explore the rich musical tradition of the church with the choir and congregation at RUMC.

Office Administrator: Gail Waddell
Gail retired after 37 years with the State of Maine in the accounting field and has been the church administrator for the last 8 years.  She has been a member of this church for the last 17 years and was a trustee for 12 years. She lives on Maranacook Lake with her husband Gary for the last 18 years enjoying lake life.  Her hobbies include quilting, sewing & cooking.  She enjoys spending time with her four grandkids and traveling.   

Sexton: Karen Gaboury

Karen Gaboury lives in Readfield and recently retired from Maranacook School
system after 18 years as a custodian there.