Our church is currently in the process of calling a lead pastor. Our Ministry Information Form may be found online at clc.pcusa.org. Please also see our Mission Study Report located at the “Who We Are” tab at this website. If you are interested in submitting an application or would like more information, please contact our Pastor Nominating Committee at email@example.com.
Pastor- Rev. Eryn Mera
Eryn graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in May of 2011 and joined our staff in July of the same year. Eryn is married to Robert and they have four daughters, Adeline and Maisie, plus twins Nailah & Karianne. After serving abroad in the Dominican Republic and Kenya for 2 years as a missionary Eryn felt God calling her back to New Jersey to Princeton Seminary. She has experienced God’ grace and faithfulness in her journey from New Jersey to the Dominican to Kenya . . . and back to New Jersey. Eryn never would have imagined returning home to her roots in Woodstown, but feels affirmed that God has paved the way, ” as only God could design a path this wild and a journey this life changing”. Eryn describes her passion for ministry as based in her international mission work and loves guiding the church into a more missional way of being with the hope of being “God’s hands and feet in our local community, nation, and world”. “Because I have experienced God’s love and grace my greatest desire is to share that with others!” Learn more about our pastor at Prodi-Gal, friend her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. Click here to make an appointment with Pastor Eryn.
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Director of Children’s Ministries – Jodi Fox
Jodi joined the Woodstown Presbyterian’s staff as Director of Children’s Ministry in July 2009. She is married to Wayne and they have two children, Katelyn and Justin. Jodi’s background is in education and she has a Master’s degree from University of Central Oklahoma in Early Childhood Education. Prior to being in Woodstown, Jodi taught preschool and third grade and volunteered in children’s ministry.
“I have a passion for teaching, for children, and for God. It’s so exciting to me when those passions come together and kids discover how much God loves them! Every time I see a child experience God by sharing Jesus stories, singing worship songs, praying quietly, asking questions, or just playing together, I know that God is working in young hearts and I love being a part of that!”
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Communications and Promotions Specialists – Jodi Fox
Jodi also serves as the The Communications and Promotions Specialist for WPC. She manages social media accounts, updates the website, communicates with the church and community about events through announcements and the city (the church’s social media network). She oversees all communications and promotions for WPC ministry/events by working with staff, boards, and ministry leaders. All communication in and outside of church is centralized through this ministry role, in coordination with the central office administrator as well.
Director Youth and Young Adult Ministry- Daniel Pitman
Dan is a current student at Grand Canyon University pursuing a degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in worship production and leadership. Dan shares a love of all things Disney with his wife Caitlyn, and together they enjoy traveling to various Disney destinations. Since 2013 Dan has served as Youth Programs director at Malaga Camp, and he has a passion for growing the next generation deeper in relationship with Christ. It is this passion for the discipleship of young people that lead Dan to WPC. Prior to coming to Woodstown, Dan previously served a congregation as a worship leader. Dan has also recently started a blog called Firm Foundations which is updated with weekly devotionals aimed at providing relevant and foundational spiritual truths for everyday life.
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Contemporary Worship Leader – Jon S White
Jon joined the staff at Woodstown Presbyterian Church as the Worship leader in November of 2013. He has served many capacities with regards to the worship service for 2 years and has helped launch some of the churches community events. He is also involved with mission to Dominican Republic and has been working, since December 2011, on a music ministry mission with the praise and worship team from San Juan, which consists of original praise and worship songs that he has written.
Jon has dedicated his gifts and talents to writing songs for the church and continues to focus his ministry towards helping others draw closer to God, and with humble hearts, let their lights shine before others to glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5: 16). He has become a student of the history of praise and worship and envisions a church family stretching their faith in worship and in their walk with God.
“I feel music is a gift from God that He gave us so we experience His presence on a level we’ve never experienced before. When His words are sung, souls start to soar, hearts start to rise and lives begin to change.”
Director of Traditional Worship- Patricia Bullock
Patricia Davis Bullock was born and raised in Salem County. Coming from a musical family, she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan and while in High school studied oboe with John DeLancie of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Pat is retired from teaching vocal and instrumental music at Salem High School. She presently serves as conductor of the Salem American Legion Band. Pat is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Outstanding Women Educators and was chosen as a Salem County Woman of Achievement.
Pat has two daughters and five grandchildren. Her younger daughter Mary Neyer and her family are members of Woodstown Presbyterian Church. It is a joy to be worshiping together.
Organist– Ruslan Odintsov
Ruslan Odintsov was an accomplished pianist and competition winner in his native Ukraine, where he studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children and the Kharkov Institute of the Arts. In 1993, he was the winner of the All-Ukraine Rachmaninov Piano Competition. Upon arriving in the US, he completed his BA in Piano Performance at Rowan University, and then won the New Jersey MTNA Piano Competition in 1995 and the Rowan University Orchestra Concerto Competition in 1996.
Mr. Odintsov has performed solo concerts in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, France, Germany, and USA and has appeared on Ukrainian State TV and Radio, as well as performed with two major Ukrainian Symphony orchestras. As an accompanist, he has worked with the Rowan University Concert Choir, Philadelphia International Music Festival, The Arcadian Chorale, and many professional solo artists.
Active as a Musical Director in musical theater, Ruslan is also a five-time NJACT Perry Award nominee for 2006, 2007, 2012, 2015, and 2017 seasons in the Outstanding Musical Direction category, directing productions for many regional theater groups. Productions include Miss Saigon, In The Heights, Les Miserables, West Side Story, The Last Five Years, Chicago, among many others.
Mr. Odintsov also is an expert Videographer and Audio Engineer, recording and editing footage of many concerts, plays, auditions and musicals. He teaches piano privately, and also coaches musical theater and opera singers. Before joining musical staff at the Woodstown Presbyterian Church, he worked as an organist/pianist at the First Baptist Church and the Memorial Baptist Church in Salem, N.J.
Administrative Assistant – Elaine Saggiomo
Elaine grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from The University of the Arts. She is married, with two children, and resides in Swedesboro. Elaine is not only our administrative assistant but also a communication director to the church. She writes reports, designs and publishes our church newsletter, magazine and other collateral material.
Elaine says, “I enjoy spreading my warmth and helping others especially the church members of Woodstown Presbyterian Church. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” – Matthew 5:16
Book Keeper – Diane Plymale
Custodial Services – John Draper
Core Values of the Staff
We have a love of God and Scripture that brings us into a personal relationship with Jesus. We seek God first in everything that we do and trust and strive to do God’s will every day. Worship is 365 days a year and our reliance is on Christ, not ourselves. Because of our human frailty, limitations and sin, we are all totally dependent on the forgiveness of God through the cross/resurrection/love of Jesus Christ.
- Respect: Accept everyone as they are by loving them with compassion and grace. Treat and respect each person as Jesus would (no put downs or negativity).
- Cooperation: We are one team and we support each other with integrity.
- Dependability: Timeliness, respect for time and follow through with commitments.
- Empower: Replace yourself by investing in someone else, sharing your vision/knowledge, and handing off responsibility. Building leaders is key.
- Service: Foster a passion for mission and service to others.
- Communication: Always be honest, truthful and transparent. Talk directly with each other.
- Creativity: Be creative and be persistent in trying out ideas that advance the Kingdom of God.
- Unity: With the Holy Spirit empower each other and strengthen his/hers talents/gifts.
- Determined: Be faithful, loyal and determined in all we do. (Never give up; exercise your “grit”).