We have a NEW Pastor!!! Meet Reverend Doctor Robert Higgs:
Rev. Dr. Robert Higgs (please call him Bob) comes from Pittsburgh and remains an ardent Steelers fan. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1981, Bob joined the US Peace Corps, serving for three years in the southern African nation of Botswana, beginning a lifelong attachment to Africa. He taught junior high math and obtained a grant for an Apple computer for the students, the first such computer in the nation.
Bob has served congregations in Zambia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, His most recent call was to serve as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, New Jersey (the oldest English-speaking congregation in our state). He helped lead a $9-million renovation project of the buildings and grounds, launched a Spanish-language ministry, and grew the congregation.
While discerning God’s plan for him, he relocated in 2015 to Lumberton, NJ where he works with children with Behavioral issues in the Cherry Hill School District. He also has driven for Uber and wrote a book about his experiences entitled “The Ubservations of a Pastor.”
In 2004, Bob married Kelly Damon, who was born and raised in the Drexel Hill area of Philadelphia. She worked in human resources for several non-profit agencies in Philadelphia and currently works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency based in Trenton. They have three adopted sons, Andrew, 30, and Justin, 28, and Christian, 18. Andrew lives in Atlantic City while Justin works for the NJ Department of State in Trenton. Chris is a recent graduate of Rancocas Valley High School, works at Wawa, and has joined an internship program in support services at Jefferson Hospital in Cherry Hill.
Gretchen Kolecki, Director of Christian Education
Gretchen works with our children and youth programs organizing Sunday school and overseeing our junior and senior high youth programs. Gretchen is married to Dennis and have three sons Tyler, Andrew and Jack.
Janis Danielewicz, Church Secretary
R. William Powell, Organist/Music director
Will comes to us with an extensive background in church and theater music. A graduate of Rowan University, Will is accomplished in piano, guitar, organ and choral directing. Will lives in Collingswood with his wife, Kirstin and their daughter Loralei
Barbara Bockman, Treasurer
Gretchen Kolecki, Director of Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool
Mary Anne Kelly, Bookkeeper
Custodian, Paul Ciarrochi