Interim Senior Pastor – Rev. Dr. Rob Morrison
Rob grew up in Palmyra, NJ where he and his sister were active in the family church (Calvary Presbyterian). He loved sports (tennis, football, basketball) and story-telling in his growing up years. Summers were spent exploring the wilderness of the Poconos and working on a dairy farm. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1966 and then went to Princeton Seminary after which he was ordained as Associate Pastor at Newton Presbyterian Church, in northern New Jersey.
He and Kathe met and were married there, later moving to serve churches in Boca Raton, FL; Hamburg, NJ; Houston, TX. They had three daughters: Mary-Lynn, Anna and Sarah. While in Texas he took the doctoral program (DMin) at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. In 1996 the Morrisons began a ministry of developing new churches, first in Edmond, OK and then Jackson, NJ. Both churches won awards for outstanding quality.
In 2005 Rob was called as Interim Pastor to the Manasquan Presbyterian Church, NJ, where he in the fall of 2011, encountered Super Storm Sandy! Then the Hope Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven, FL called him as their interim pastor. His time there included his wife working as a church volunteer with children and the church turning around their sagging finances; even adding 64 new members while the youth group went from 3 to 31. Rob is looking forward to working actively with Woodstown Presbyterian Church!
Pastor- Eryn Mera
Eryn graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in May of 2011 and joined our staff in July. Eryn is married to Robert and they have two daughters, Adeline Bell and Maisie Lillian. 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 is excited to help guide 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!” Follow Eryn’s blog Prodi-Gal, friend her on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Contact at email@example.com.
Honorably Retired Volunteer Minister – David Hoeldtke
David has been the Parish Associate at Woodstown Presbyterian Church for over 10 years. He retired from full time pastorate in 2005 after serving two churches in the Syracuse, NY area for a total of 50 years. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Princeton Seminary and Syracuse University School of Social Work. He and his wife Thelma are actively serving in the church. David oversees our Stephen Ministry program as a Stephen Leader, sings in the choir, participates in various men’s groups, and assists with worship. Our congregation is blessed by his presence and the wisdom he brings with over 50 years of ministry experience.
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!”
Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Youth Ministries – Josh Saunders
Josh calls South Jersey home, as he grew up in Sicklerville, NJ. The Christian faith has been a big part of his life since birth. It was through his parents, church, youth leaders, and summer camp that Josh learned and experienced what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. It was the impact that these ministries and people had on his life that led Josh to want to do the same for other youth. He attended college at Liberty University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Youth Ministry in 2015. Throughout college Josh was very involved in a ministry called Young Life and suddenly an opportunity for him to work as staff with the ministry in South Jersey fell into his lap.
The leadership and members of Woodstown Presbyterian Church were the force behind the vision of getting Young Life started in Salem County. Young Life brought Josh back to South Jersey and soon the idea for Josh to work both with Young Life and Woodstown Presbyterian became a reality. Josh started at WPC in the fall of 2015. Josh is a fun loving goofball that many high school students claim is a 12 year old trapped in a 23 year old’s body. He is excited to share part of his story with the people of Salem County and to work to point middle and high school students toward the love of Christ.
“I am convinced that God has an amazing and unique story unfolding for every person. As I run my own race towards Christ, and as I stumble, fall, learn, and grow, I hope to share with youth the incredible depth of Christ’s love and see their lives transformed by it. ‘Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus…’ Hebrews 12:1-2.”
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 Music Ministries – Jan Staub
Jan Staub is the Director of Music Ministries for the 10:30 traditional service. She started her church music career as a freshman in high school at the Clayton Presbyterian church. During college and for the next 40 years served in the Lutheran Church as organist /choir director while simultaneously teaching choral music K-12 in various schools along with private piano and organ lessons. In 1982 God called her to make a choice – secular or sacred music. She chose sacred music and attended Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia becoming an Associate in Ministry in Worship and Music – serving the last 20 of her 40 years as a Lutheran in that capacity. Opportunity brought her back to the Presbyterian church in 2003 and God led her to Woodstown in 2006 to serve him here.
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