Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries Search
A disciple of Christ who loves Jesus, loves teens, and loves sharing Jesus with teens. This person oversees discipleship and programming for students who attend WPC including Middle School and High School Youth Group, facilitates youth involvement with church programming, youth mission trips and retreats, youth outreach into the community, and special activities/events for youth. This person will work with other staff members and lay leadership, under the direction and supervision of pastoral leadership to bring teens into the mission of being disciples who make disciples. In addition, this person will expand his/her disciple-making efforts into the college and young adult age through the formation of life groups and ministries that meet the needs of the young adult population.
Qualifications and Skills
This position requires a committed Christian who is self-motivated and well organized. He/she should have excellent relational skills and a developed ability to communicate Biblical principles to youth and young adults. An academic degree in youth ministry is preferred or 2-5 years related professional experience required. A willingness to continue education through attending conferences, seminars, and workshops pertaining to Youth/Young Adult Ministry. First Aid certification required or can be obtained within the first 90 days of starting position. Advanced computer skills and mixed media a plus.
Job Type: FULL-TIME
For more information about our Youth Director job: WPC Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries 2018
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.
Contact at email@example.com.
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 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
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”).