Senior Pastor, Sunil Balasundaram


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We were thrilled to welcome our new Senior Pastor on July 1, 2019, following the retirement of Pastor Mike in June. who had led DUMC for 15 wonderful years.
Pastor Sunil brings his rich educational background to DUMC, which he acquired in both India and also in the United States. His degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology. Currently, he is working toward a Doctorate of Ministry at Palmer Seminary of Eastern University. Pastor Sunil’s faith journey began in 1980 when he attended a Youth Camp for Christ.
A few years later, Pastor Sunil felt called to the ministry, went to seminary, joined the Methodist Church, and was ordained in Delhi, India. He served three churches in New Delhi between 1988 and 1998. This included an appointment as Senior Pastor of the Apostles Methodist Church, the largest English-speaking church in the New Delhi Conference. Pastor Sunil came to the United States in 1998 to pursue further education.
Since then, he has served five churches in Pennsylvania, including Solebury UMC and, most recently, the Lead Pastor at Conshohocken UMC. His God-given gifts are teaching, preaching, building leadership, counseling, musical and drama abilities. Pastor Sunil loves telling stories to children as well! He joyfully shares the Good News of Jesus which fuels his ministry!
Praveena is Pastor Sunil’s wife of 29 years. She has been involved in ministry alongside him. Praveena worked for a Christian Publishing House in India and is currently the Director of Program Resources at the United Methodist Women Headquarters in New York. The Balasundaram’s son, Prateek,  27, graduated from Drexel University and is working in the IT field. He recently married Unnattee and lives in Philadelphia, PA. Sunil and Praveena also have a daughter, Prerna, 25, who graduated from American University. She lives in Washington, DC, and is finishing her Masters Degree at George Washington University. Prerna was married Wyatt Eddy this spring.
We are so blessed to have Pastor Sunil building upon the legacy of Pastor Mike and leading our congregation in the ministries, outreach, and teaching that God calls DUMC to do.
We hope you will be a part of this exciting time at DUMC and help us to warmly welcome the entire Balasundaram family!