Meet our leadership
Keith Mlyniec - Lead Pastor
Keith Mlyniec is our lead pastor. As the drive and point person behind our church’s growth, he has the vision and passion to see our church grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ as well as impact our community in practical and creative ways so that the kingdom of God may expand.
Pastor Keith came to faith in his sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island. He has been married to Ruth (his college sweetheart) for thirty-nine years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. He has attended the University of Rhode Island, the University of Maine, and the Seminary of the East. He and his family were involved in a church planting effort in Iceland for ten years. His interests include global travel, playing second base on the church softball team, fitness (he’s at the gym five days a week), and gardening – watch out for his scorching-hot Thai red peppers!
Ruth Mlyniec - Pastor's Wife
Ruth Mlyniec is the pastor’s wife whose main role is to be a support and encouragement to her husband, Pastor Keith. Together they serve in areas of visiting and counseling. Beyond that, she’s also involved in leading women’s ministries, the creative arts ministry, and the VBS summer children’s ministry. As “Amma Ruth,” she loves leading Amma’s Storytime (our weekly preschool story hour).
Ruth holds a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. Her passion now is to share the love of Christ through teaching and encouragement, to help others find their role in ministry, and to be an example for the coming generation. Ruth interests include a good cup of coffee, photography, her art & flower garden, and visits from her grown kids and nine grandkids.
Harvey Whitley - Elder
Harvey Whitley is one of our shepherding elders. He has a heart to seek out those who are new to our church to provide encouragement and a sense of belonging. Harvey has the wide experience of having been a Gideon speaker, Billy Graham Crusade counselor, and baseball chaplain with the New York Yankee AA team.
Holding a Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the East, Harvey has a great grasp of the Scriptures and enjoys facilitating a morning men’s bible study and a Sunday morning Life Group. His interests include travel, photography, and daily prayer times with his wife Doris.
Carmen Palumbo - Children's Church Coordinator
To make Children’s Church run smoothly, Carmen plans and organizes the lessons, schedules teachers and even teaches some of the classes herself. Her heart is to see children come to find and experience the love of God at an early age. To help make that happen, she comes up with all sorts of fun and creative games, crafts and Bible lessons – basically age-appropriate kid-style worship – for children in K to 3rd grade.
Carmen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Rhode Island College. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son who like to ski, fish, bike, hike, camp and play tennis. She also likes reading, studying the Bible and of course, teaching Children’s Church.
Glenn Russell - Deacon Team Leader
Glenn is the organizational and vision leader of our team of deacons who help perform all of the maintenance and upgrades to the church facility as well as helping out in areas of service and need. You can find Glenn doing all sorts of things at church such as welcoming guests, counting cars in the parking lot, and anything else that make our worship services run smoothly.
Aside from his volunteer hours at the church, Glenn works as a software engineer for Hexagon Metrology which specializes in high precision measurement machines and software. Glenn is passionate about skiing, volleyball, and…apologetics! He and his wife Kathy have been married for 20 years and have two wonderful children.
Beth Delon - Office Manager
Beth is our office manager here at The Harbor Church. Her role includes collaborating with the different leadership teams to provide support, essential to meeting the needs of the ministry. Beth studied English and Psychology at Rhode Island College and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University. She has experience in logistics management and working with diverse groups of populations.
She believes it takes an open mind, patience and perseverance to be successful and applies these ethics to her work each day. Some of Beth’s interests include studying to create a stronger biblical understanding, continued instruction and learning, nature exploration and experiencing life with her husband and four remarkable children.