Meet The Team
Director of Music
Baker Purdon is an active educator, conductor, and pianist. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at Temple University where he was awarded a University Fellowship, the second-highest award at the university. He previously earned an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Central Missouri and BFAs in Theater and Voice Performance from The University of Kansas. As an educator, Baker has served as the Assistant Director of Choirs at Liberty High School, where the LHS Chamber Choir was named a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance and was featured on state and regional conference stages. He most recently served as the Director of Choirs at Olathe East High School where his ensembles premiered works by Libby Larsen and Ryan Main, and received critical praise from composers such as Dan Forrest, Libby Larsen, and Sarah Quartel. He has presented at various state conferences, including presentations at the Missouri Choral Directors Annual Conference and at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. Alongside his academic and educational work, Baker has been active in liturgical music from an early age. He began his music ministry at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS accompanying the youth choir while he was a high school student. During his studies at KU, he served as a bass section leader at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS. He has since served as Director of Music Ministry at Northminster Presbyterian in Englewood, MO and First Lutheran in Mission, Hills KS. Baker is thrilled to begin his tenure at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA.
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 2015 when he joined FUMCOG. 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.
Noe Gabriel Lopez (Gabe) was born and raised in Philadelphia, the son of two Guatemalan immigrants. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Malone University and his Master of Divinity from Duke University. After graduating he became an Associate Pastor at a multicultural church in Henderson, NC. In addition, he has also worked as a middle school teacher. Gabe has ample experience working with Latin American immigrants and is very passionate about serving with marginalized communities. Among other accomplishments, Gabe has presented at the North Carolina Council of Churches on immigration and assimilation within first generation Latinos/as. His hobbies include traveling, playing soccer, watching sports and reading a good book on contextual theology. Gabe is very excited about beginning this journey of ministry at FUMCOG.
Director of Publications
Michael Yancey began his employment at FUMCOG on September 5, 2020 but he has been a member of the choir since 2014 while attending Chestnut Hill college. His background includes 3 years at the United Methodist conference level as the East District Resource Assistant. Michael was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut where his parents still live, and goes by either his first or last name. He enjoys theatre, Marvel, and mysteries