Rev. Dr. Robert Higgs, Pastor
Bob Higgs has served as pastor of CPC since August 2019. He has had a varied career in ministry, working with churches and nonprofits in Elizabeth and Atlantic City, NJ as well as congregations in the Pittsburgh area and Philadelphia. Bob began his ministry in Zambia, Africa, pastoring an international congregation in the capital Lusaka. Bob was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana and worked in South Africa on Social Justice issues during 194 elections which ended apartheid. Bob is married to Kelly and they have three sons, Andrew, Justin, and Christian. He holds a BA and MBA from the University of Virginia as well as an Mdiv and Dmin from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bob enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring new technologies.
Gretchen Kolecki, Director of Christian Education
Gretchen Kolecki is Director of Christian Education and the Director of Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool which is an outreach of Collingswood Presbyterian church. She grew up in Sussex County, NJ (Northern New Jersey) with my parents and attended Rowan University, earning a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Law and Justice. Rowan is also where she met her husband, Dennis. They moved to Collingswood 18 years ago and started a family, having three sons, Tyler, Andrew and Jackson who attend Collingswood public schools. Gretchen loves Collingswood and have been very involved here in the community. She was on the committee that helped put the current playground in at Knight Park and has held various positions in the Sharp School and Collingswood Middle School PTAs. She started working at the Collingswood Presbyterian Church eight years ago as the Director of Christian Education. She continue in that role and was on the committee to create the Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool. Two years ago she also became the Director of Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool. Many hundreds of hours of my life have gone into creating and furthering Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool and the Christian Education Program here at Collingswood Presbyterian church.
Catherine Lavell, Director of Music
Catherine Lavell is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has been a part of church services since she began in the youth choir and has enjoyed growing her relationship with the church as an adult accompanying and singing services across New Jersey and Philadelphia. One of the highlights of Catherine’s music ministry was when she participated in the Papal Choir during Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia in 2015. Catherine teaches music full time to elementary students in South Jersey and private students across the area.