The Reverend Barbara J. Mungin

The Reverend Barbara J. Mungin


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Barbara J. Mungin, who entered the church triumphant on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Barbara Joyce Mungin was born March 5, 1947 in New York City to the late John Mungin and Martha Parker-Mungin of Beaufort, South Carolina. Barbara was raised in Harlem on 116th Street and obtained her education in the New York City public schools. Barbara knew from an early age that education was key and spent the majority of her life quenching her educational thirst.

Her educational accomplishments were many. She attended Kings County Nursing School in 1965 and 1966, and received a master of arts in special education from City College of New York in 1972. She also earned a master of science in educational psychology from New York University in 1977 and a master of science in administration/supervision from City College of New York in 1979. Throughout her career she took many additional continuing education and training courses.

Her love for education led Barbara to join the New York City Board of Education in January 1972. She worked there more than twenty years in many different capacities. Her titles included teacher of special education, teacher of common branches, school administrator and supervisor, district administrator and supervisor, supervisor of special education, education administrator, program management specialist, education administrator, staff development and training instruction specialist, principal of Day Elementary School, and principal of Day Junior High School.

In 1994, Barbara decided to answer the call of faith in her life and join the ministry. In July 1994 she was appointed to her first church as assistant pastor of Metropolitan Community UMC in Manhattan, followed by assistant pastor at Epworth UMC in the Bronx. She earned her master of divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ in May 1997.

In July 1998, she was appointed associate pastor of Salem UMC in Harlem and in July 2001 was appointed for the first time as pastor of Asbury UMC in Mount Vernon, NY. In July 2002, Barbara returned to Epworth UMC as the pastor. Throughout her pastoral journey, Epworth Church always supported her. They were like family and held a special place in her heart. In July 2008, she was appointed to Hempstead UMC on Long Island, followed by Asbury UMC in Croton-on-Hudson, NY in 2013 and Faith UMC on Staten Island in 2014. Between late 2014 and early 2015, Alzheimer’s unfortunately began to manifest more and more and Barbara had no choice but to retire in January 2015. 

Barbara was blessed to share this life with many family members, but she prided herself on her three daughters, Melanie Mungin, Ayanna Martin-Williams and Maia Mungin-Oriol. Barbara’s heart grew bigger and stronger with the birth of each of her grandchildren: Seanika Ladson, Aniqa Garrison, Tileyah Williams, Lexus Martin, Jaylin Gary, Dylan Apson, Ashlyn Oriol and Phillip Stradford. Also left to mourn are her sisters, Connie Mungin and Sadie Mungin; her nieces, Sharon Parker & Sandra Parker; and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and colleagues.

Viewing will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Epworth UMC, 834 Concourse Village East, Bronx, NY 10451.

The funeral service will be Friday, October 26, 2018, at 10:00am at Salem UMC, 2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY. The church is located at the corner of W 129th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (7th Ave). A final viewing will take place one hour before the service. Clergy should wear white robes and white stoles.

Please note that Friendship Baptist Church will allow use of their lot for parking on Friday, October 26th. The lot is located on 130th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Lenox Ave (closer to 7th Ave). The gate will be opened at 8:30 a.m. Also as a courtesy, the 32nd Precinct will have in place "no parking" signs for the public, but will allow funeral attendees to double park their cars from 131st St to 129th St (on the downtown side).

Messages of condolence may be sent to Barbara’s daughter, Maia Mungin-Oriol, at 1023 Longwood Ave, #1, Bronx, NY 10459.