Our Staff


The Rev. Dr. Dennis Lipke was born in Durban, South Africa, and for over forty years he has served small, medium and large sized Methodist Churches on both sides of the equator. Included in this time were some great missionary opportunities, both full- time and short term. Dale and Dennis Lipke have been married for forty-three years and are partners on this incredible faith journey. With three married children: Charmaine, Caroline and Andrew, and their spouses: Edwin, Joseph and Myriah, they are the proud grandparents of five grandsons, two granddaughters – and one granddaughter on the way!

In 1987, God opened the way for them to come to the United States and in 1993, they became citizens of their beloved, adopted homeland. The Rev. Dr. Lipke served here at Ginter Park UMC as pastor from 1992 – 1997. He was our twenty-first pastor. Dennis retired from the Virginia Conference at the end of June, 2012. He never imagined that the unique opportunity would arise whereby he might return to Ginter Park UMC and minister among his friends again. He thanks you for this privilege!

Minister of Visitation

Rev. Roy Quist was born in Neptune, N.J. and graduated from Manasquan High School and received his BA degree from Central Methodist College (University). He began his ministry as an ordained Deacon in 1968 and an Elder in 1971. He served churches in the Southern New England Annual Conference during his time as a student at Boston University, School of Theology where he received a ThM degree in 1970.  Rev. Quist also served churches in the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference and the Central New York Annual Conference. He spent a little more than half of his ministry serving as a director at United Methodist retreat centers and camps from eastern Long Island to the Pacific coast. He retired in 2006. After retiring he served a Presbyterian church as Interim Pastor and drove a charter bus for 10 ½ years and began as the Minister of Visitation at Ginter Park UMC in April, 2018.

Roy and his wife, Beth have been very happily married for 53 years and had four children: Rev. Michael Quist and Mary Quist (both deceased) and Rev. Joanna Dietz and Timothy Quist. He has 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren with another on the way. One of his grandchildren is also a UMC minister currently serving in Roanoke, VA. (Beth’s dad was also a United Methodist Minister, so they consider this to be the “family business” through four generations.