My earliest pastoral position was a the Youth Pastor for Middlesex Presbyterian Church where I nurtured a middle school and high school program that reached hundreds of youth and families from the community. Overtime, I began mentoring younger youth workers for the organization Young Life.
Eventually, I collected enough questions to necessitate a graduate degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. After this rich time of research and reflection I was ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA.
My first ordained call was at Community Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, NJ. CPC was a faithful, caring community who laughed and learned together. During my time as their pastor, I oversaw the creation of a Wellness Center and led them to merge with Miller Memorial Presbyterian Church, creating a new congregation, Grace Presbyterian Church.
As a merged congregation, we sold assets from the merge and began design and construction on a versatile, new sanctuary building which will allow growth for the church, the existing Preschool and Wellness Center.
I am now a transitional pastor, sometimes called Interim Pastor, at Stanton Reformed Church in Hunterdon County.
Stanton Reformed Church accepts into our family God’s children of all ages, races, colors, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual identities, gender expressions, and mental or physical abilities; without regard to income, family structures, immigration status, or education. We see God’s light in every person. That posture guides our journey every day as we seek to learn from one another and to know God. Inspired by the actions and attitudes of Jesus Christ, we commit to embrace, affirm, accept, and support all who enter our doors. We honor this commitment to hospitality in our invitation to worship, reception of members, participation in sacraments, ordination of leaders, hiring of staff, and solemnization of marriages. We are a people of faith and of doubts, of truths and of questions, of joy and of sadness, of grace and of love; we invite you to share in the journey with us.
My greatest joy as a pastor continues to be walking alongside individuals and groups of people as they seek to grow in their understanding of God and their understanding of themselves.