At The Presbyterian Church at New Providence (PCNP) and New Community Church (NCC), we have a mission to be Christ Centered, People Focused This means that as a congregation we are devoted to developing a community of committed Christ-followers who are inwardly strong and outwardly focused. What does that mean?
Being inwardly strong means we will:
Being outwardly focused means we will:
Our Mission rests firmly on the Gospel of Jesus Christ known through the Bible, and as expressed through the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed Church.
The Presbyterian Church at New Providence has a long history and rich tradition, still serving as the cornerstone of life in New Providence, New Jersey. Many of the people who settled in “Turkey,” which was part of the Borough of Elizabeth, were Puritan and their daily existence was centered on the worship and praise of God. In 1737, a log meeting house was raised and the Turkey Christian Church was founded. Two years later a second building was built on 19 acres of land deeded to the church by a local landowner. The building was completed in stages over 34 years on the same site as our present church. During the Revolution there were as many as 700 people attending the worship. In 1750, a lottery was created to fund the building of the parsonage.
The famed collapse of the balcony occurred in the early days of the church. The balcony gave way and fell upon those beneath, miraculously resulting in no deaths or serious injuries. This was considered by all to be “Divine Providence” whereby God showed His care and guardianship over the worshippers. In 1750, the memory of this event resulted in renaming the community “New Providence.” Changes and improvements continued and in 1834, the third and present sanctuary was built for $3,800 on the same site. In 1880, 15 feet were added to the recessed chancel. In 1912 a chapel was built which we now know as Parish Hall. Parish Hall was enlarged in 1962, the present chancel added and the sanctuary connected to Parish Hall creating what we still enjoy today.
The 225th anniversary of PCNP was marked by festivities and major physical changes. In the late 1980’s the sanctuary was rebuilt, the wooden belfry replaced and the west addition of multi-purpose rooms and a gym were added.
On April 25, 2004, a new Ministry Center was officially opened. The addition of a new two story education wing which includes four additional classrooms has been added. A new main entrance was built to increase our hospitality and security. The addition of an elevator to all three floors makes our church accessible to the handicapped and elderly.
By 2010, our church had a wonderful problem – we had outgrown our facility in New Providence. So, instead of spending millions of dollars building bigger buildings we decided to spread out and launch a campus in Garwood that would service the Westfield, Rahway, Fanwood and Scotch Plains area. This campus is called New Community Church and currently sets up every Sunday at 9:30 at The Westwood in Garwood.
In July of 2015, our congregation voted to be dismissed from our affiliation with the PC USA, who granted us a gracious dismissal, and we were welcomed into ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Christians.
God has richly blessed our Church through the years with gifted pastors, a faithful congregation and many opportunities to serve Him.
To get in touch with any of our staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “For (staff person’s name)” as the subject line, or call 908.665.0050.
Senior Pastor since 1999, Jeff’s passion is to make Jesus Christ relevant to real life through challenging preaching and creative leadership. Jeff earned a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Assoc. Pastor of Student Ministry
Mike’s been on staff since 1990 and he heads up all things teenager and runs mission projects for students and families. He has an MDiv from Bethel seminary and a DMin in Marriage & Family Counseling from Eastern Seminary.
Assoc. Pastor of Pastoral Care
Colleen has served as Minister of Congregational Care and Support since 1981. Her desire is to enable others to sense the presence of Christ in their current situation and to bring comfort and encouragement to those going through difficult times. Colleen directs all the Caring Ministries programs.
Director of Children's Ministries
Christine is a native New Jerseyite who joined the staff in 1999. She loves working with children and especially loves sharing Jesus with them and watching them grow in their faith. Christine oversees all children's ministries from birth through 6th grade at both the PCNP and NCC campuses.
Director of Missions
Nancy has a passion for Christ and for missions. She earned her masters degree in International Affairs with a concentration on Socio-Economic Development from The New School in NY where she is currently a lecturer. Nancy has worked as a program analyst at the UN and has managed Christian and secular non-profit work and research in Sub-Saharn Africa, India, Latin America and Egypt.
Assistant Pastor at New Community Church
Chris grew up at PCNP before attending Wheaton College. Since then, Chris has moved back to NJ (with a stop in between in CA) where he is entering his final year at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is most filled with joy when others see Christ actively redeeming and making all things new, even in the midst of struggles.
Assistant Pastor for Student Ministries
Ted has worked with PCNP's student ministry since 2010. Although a native Virginian, he has come to love life in Jersey. After graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary, Ted returned to New Providence as one of our full-time student pastors. He is most excited about seeing the transforming grace of Christ at work in the lives of young people.
Gray was raised in Beaufort, South Carolina and attended Clemson University. After graduation, he lived in Seattle, Washington where he worked with the college ministry at University Presbyterian Church and served as a study assistant to Earl Palmer. He and his wife moved to New Jersey in the summer of 2015 to begin studying at Princeton Theological Seminary. Gray will be working in adult and men’s ministries.
Director of Contemporary Worship
Brian recently joined the staff as the Director of Contemporary Worship, and has a passion for leading teams and discipleship. He has been teaching music and leading worship for the past 17 years, and looks forward to developing the teams here. Brian has his degree in Church Music from the University of Valley Forge. He loves cooking, baking, coffee, and ice cream.
Director of Traditional Worship
On staff since 2016, Tom plans and directs the music for the traditional service. As a conductor, composer, and teacher, he has served in music ministry with his wife Deborah for many years. Tom’s desire is to connect worshipers and musicians to the Lord through vibrant music ministry.
Director of Production
Rick has been a part of PCNP for over 10 years managing the Production Arts Ministry. Rick got his start in production at a young age in his home church. Rick has enjoyed connecting others in the area of audio, lighting and video and oversees all production at both the PCNP and NCC campuses.
Nursery School Director
Maury has been working in the nursery school, loving and caring for 2 1/2 year old children since 1987 as well as supporting and encouraging those going through difficult times as the Pastoral Care assistant since 2002. Just this year, she accepted the vacant Nursery School Director position.
Director of Finance
Ellen began working at PCNP in 2016. Prior to joining the team, she worked in both corporate and non-profit finance and as a business analyst. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and volunteering.
Christa was born and raised in Germany. She made the US her home many years ago. Christa has been working at PCNP since 1999 as Church Administrator. She enjoys her job and meeting people. In her free time she loves to read and travel.
Angelina was born and raised in Colorado. She has served in both Children's Ministry and the PCNP Nursery School. Previous to serving at PCNP, Angelina worked in a corporate environment and has over 14 years of Human Resources experience.
Krista and her family have been members of PCNP for over 10 years. She enjoys bringing her background in marketing, advertising and graphics to the job. Krista volunteers with YouthClub and VBS.
NCC Children's Ministry Coordinator
Devon grew up in New Providence with PCNP as her second home. After attending the University of Delaware, Devon returned to NJ and lives in Summit with friends. She loves spending her Sunday mornings leading Sunday School at New Community.
Bio to come.
Dawn has lived in NJ for the past 25 years, and currently resides in Chatham. Prior to working at PCNP, she worked for an IT consulting company as a software trainer and bookkeeper. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and walk her dog.
Fiorinda joined the staff at PCNP 10 years ago. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Bio to come.
Mike has been the property manager at PCNP for over 20 years. He coaches baseball for all of his kids, loves spending time with his family, fishing and eating sour patch kids.
Director of Weekday Babysitting
Since 2000, Angela has been running our weekday babysitting program. She strives to make it a safe and happy environment for the children, as well as making the parents feel comfortable entrusting their little ones in her care.
John is the worship leader at our New Community campus. He has been a part of the PCNP worship staff for over 15 years.