Meet The Team
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 recently married to Stacy Guinto-Salinas. They are very excited about beginning this journey of ministry at FUMCOG.
Forrest Glass hails from Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, and a Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance from Temple University. Forrest served as FUMCOG’s baritone soloist and section leader until the fall of 2018, when he was appointed Music Director.
Forrest is an avid believer in the uniquely unifying power of music and its potential to create compassion, understanding, and solidarity among people from incredibly diverse and disparate backgrounds. His goal as a conductor is to bring classical music off of its pedestal and into less fortunate, but deserving communities. He aims to influence and inspire young people of color in the same way that he was when he was younger.