Welcome to our Church

 

who we are

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?

Inwardly Strong

Being inwardly strong means we will:

Outwardly focused

Being outwardly focused means we will:


 

what we believe

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.

  1. We believe in the Triune God-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God who eternally exists in these three persons. We believe that God created the universe. God is loving and compassionate, just and kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people.
  2. We believe that because of his desire to live in relationship with us, God became a human being. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. Through his sacrificial death and victorious resurrection Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through him and him alone can people enter into a relationship with God.
  3. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through him God loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit and encourage people to discover and use their gifts properly for the benefit of his Kingdom.
  4. We believe that the Bible is the living Word of God. Through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments God reveals himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Scriptures are the norm and basis upon which we build our faith and live our lives.
  5. We believe in and practice the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that through baptism God expresses his grace as he welcomes us into the covenant family of faith. We believe that through the Lord’s Supper God comes to love us and forgive us. It is both a reminder of Christ’s atoning death and an experience of his spiritual presence.
  6. We believe that God values all human life (Psalm 139) and that a person’s entire life, which begins at conception, is sacred. Created in God’s image, humans have intrinsic dignity and their worth is dependent, not on accomplishments, but on God’s love; and therefore we believe that choosing life is always preferable in God’s eyes. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of all people.
  7. At the same time we acknowledge that humanity is separated from God because of sin. Sin exists as a break in the relationship with God that can only be mended by God’s action. We joyfully proclaim and receive the Good News that because of Jesus Christ forgiveness is possible. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in what God has done, not through good works or even good religion.
  8. We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. Though we don’t know the day or hour, we proclaim his soon return to inspire all people to turn to him and to make the most of life today.
  9. We believe that empowered followers of Jesus Christ should continually seek to enhance their relationship with him by embracing these characteristics of a vital faith:
    1. Regular participation in worship and corporate prayer
    2. Daily devotion and personal prayer
    3. Personal growth through Bible study and group learning activities
    4. Obedience to Christ and the Scriptures in personal behavior
    5. Commitment to others in the Body of Christ through caring for one another
    6. Stewardship of God’s blessings, giving of our time and talents, and tithing of our treasures
    7. Sharing God’s love in mission and service to others outside the church
  10. We believe in sharing the love of Jesus Christ in relevant and creative ways with those not yet connected to Christ or the church. Because lost people matter to God we will make them the priority of our mission. We will continually seek to create an inviting climate of warmth and hospitality that welcomes all to come and hear about Jesus at their own pace.
  11. We believe that in and through us God will continue to advance His kingdom, perform wonders and miraculous signs, and fulfill the Great Commission as we live and minister in the spirit of the Great Commandment. Jesus teaches us to go and make disciples and commands us to love the Lord with all your heart…love your neighbor as you love yourselves.


 

our history

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.

 

our staff

To get in touch with any of our staff, please email office@pcnp.org with “For (staff person’s name)” as the subject line, or call 908.665.0050.

Jeff Ebert

Jeff Ebert

Senior Pastor

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.

Mike Flavin

Mike Flavin

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.

Colleen Fletcher

Colleen Fletcher

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.

Christine Voegeli

Christine Voegeli

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.

Nancy Rizkalla

Nancy Rizkalla

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.

Chris Voorhees

Chris Voorhees

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.

Ted Jordan

Ted Jordan

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 Segars

Gray Segars

Ministry Intern

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.

Brian Lee

Brian Lee

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.

Tom Berdos

Tom Berdos

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.

Rick Clark

Rick Clark

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.

Maury Fryer

Maury Fryer

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.

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith

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 Miller

Christa Miller

Church Administrator

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.

Krista Saturnia

Krista Saturnia

Graphic Designer

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.

Devon Jones

Devon Jones

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.

Kate Gullo

Kate Gullo

Missions Coordinator

Bio to come.

Dawn Goldbach

Dawn Goldbach

Administrative Assistant

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 Schultess

Fiorinda Schultess

Administrative Assistant

Fiorinda joined the staff at PCNP 10 years ago. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Maryann Colandrea

Maryann Colandrea

Receptionist

Maryann has lived in New Providence for 25 years and joined PCNP's staff in 2015. After studying graphic design in college, she has held positions in the fields of visual communications and public relations. Helping people connect with each other and the church is of special interest. She enjoys various creative arts and spending time with family and friends.

Mike Ohlson

Mike Ohlson

Property Manager

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.

Angela Pagano

Angela Pagano

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 Bonaventura

John Bonaventura

Worship Leader

John is the worship leader at our New Community campus. He has been a part of the PCNP worship staff for over 15 years.