Say hello to the leadership team at The Harbor Church

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. 

Dave Brown - Elder

Dave Brown is one of our primary teaching elders. As a former senior military officer and decorated combat veteran, he has a passion and gifting in strategic vision and executive administration. With over thirty years experience teaching and leading churches around the globe, his focus is on high impact, relevant teaching from the Word of God.


Dave and his wife Lisa have been married for over thirty years, and are deeply committed to both service within the body of Christ and to their family. They have five children and three grandchildren. When he is not teaching, or traveling around the world for the government, Dave can often be found preparing for his next study. His interests include golf, racquetball, hockey, martial arts, guitar, and reading lots of books.

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.

Christina - Office Manager

Christina keeps the office running, performing many of the administrative tasks, from updating the website to drafting the weekly newsletter.  You will also find her brewing coffee for the Sunday morning worship services.

After attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a busy career in the legal field, moving frequently, then living abroad as an active-duty Marine Corps spouse, Christina is thankful to be enjoying life here in Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.  Spending time with family, running, kayaking, reading biographies, promoting wellness and fussing over her many animals are just a few of her favorite things!