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.
Director of Children’s Ministries – Alyson Gilmore
Aly is a Eastern University graduate with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Social Work. She is a proud product of Woodstown Presbyterian Church; she grew up as a student in WPC’s youth program, participated in bell choir, attended many Dominican Republic trips, and volunteered at Vacation Bible School. Upon graduating from Eastern University in 2015 she served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Sharptown Methodist Church. Ever since she was a student in WPC’s youth program she has felt a strong calling from God to be involved in church ministry and she is excited to be back serving her home church as the Director of Children’s Ministry.
Communications and Promotions Specialist – Lisa White
A Woodstown native, Lisa has been attending WPC the majority of her life. She has served in many different ministries over the years, including Deacons, Youth Ministry and many missions trips, but has recently joined our staff in 2018. She currently serves on our Praise & Worship team and is married to Jon White, our Director of Contemporary Worship. Together they have two children, Karley and Dawson. Lisa has worked in the marketing field for over 10 years and became a freelance graphic designer in 2017 in order to spend more time at home with her family. She is excited to be able to use her creative gifts to serve WPC in a new way.
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 disciplining of young people that lead Dan to WPC. Prior to coming to Woodstown, Dan previously served a congregation as a worship leader. Dan is excited about starting Ascend Student Ministry at WPC and for all the possibilities ahead as WPC works to grow its youth and young adult ministries.
Director of Contemporary Worship – 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
Born on January 24, 1942, John went to school in Woodstown and served in the Army for 3 1/2 years working on tanks and trucks. In 1966, he began work at DuPont Chambers Works, where he stayed for 31 years. Upon retirement, he began working at WPC in 1994. In his own words, “I’ve enjoyed working here… It’s like being a part of a big family where everyone is welcome.”
Traditional Service Assistant – Ora Kokol
Ora Kokol has been a member of the Woodstown Presbyterian Church for twenty-five years, having severed in many capacitates since joining this church,
She has served as a Deacon, two terms as an Elder, has been a member of the Chancel Choir and a member of the Music and Worship Committee since becoming a member. She was the Church School Superintendent for fifteen years, and has been a member of the Church Staff for seventeen years, currently serving as the Traditional Service Assistant. Ora served on various committees of our West Jersey Presbytery. Aside from Church, Ora is very involved in the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and is a member of the Board of Directors. Ora has one son Steve, and two grandchildren, Morgan and Nick.
Treasurer – Don Dietrich
Don Dietrich has been a member of Woodstown Presbyterian Church since 1979 and a member of the Finance Committee for over 10 years. Don has degrees in mechanical engineering, psychology and business administration from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2009 he retired from the field of custom marketing research, having previously spent a total of 35 years in a number of roles with Scott Paper Company, Chilton Research Services and TNS. As well as serving as the volunteer Treasurer of the church, he serves as a ruling elder, and has previously served as a deacon and trustee. In addition to helping out with church finances, Don is involved with Woodstown community activities, including having been mayor of Woodstown for the past seven years. Don and his wife Debby, who is the town librarian as well as a Deacon in our church, have a son and daughter living in the Delaware Valley area as well as four grandchildren
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”).