Melissa Kulynych–Worship Pastor
Abie and Melissa Kulynych and their sons Noah and Elijah have lived in Burlington, NJ since 1995
Abie was born and raised in Virginia where he responded to the voice of God at an early age. He graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1994. He has served in various forms of ministry as an assistant pastor, church planter, teacher and evangelist over the past fourteen years.
Melissa was born in Willingboro, NJ where she also responded to God’s voice at a young age. The call to ministry came as a teenager and she attended Valley Forge Christian College where she and Abie met. Melissa has served as worship leader, intercessor and children’s ministry leader over the past fourteen years.
Abie and Melissa were married on September 16, 1995 and have two amazing children: Noah Abraham born in September, 2000 and Elijah Lawrence born in July 2006.
In 2000 the Lord began to give Abie and Melissa a vision of His heart for Burlington that has deepened and expanded over the years. They believe that God has chosen Burlington City as a “new wine skin” to be filled by His Spirit and then to pour out that Spirit through prayer, worship, reconciliation and unity. Their heart and the heart of City of Refuge is to see unity begin in the Body of Christ and spread to the community at large; to see the barriers of race, religion and economic status destroyed and to see Burlington become a true place of refuge—rest for the weary, peace for the troubled and healing for the broken.