Rev. Dr. Robert Higgs
Rev.Dr. Robert Higgs (please call him Bob) comes from Pittsburgh and remains an ardent Steelers fan. He was ordained in the PCUSA in 1994, serving a variety of congregations in Southern Africa, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Rev. Wanda Sevey
Rev. Wanda Sevey served congregations in Washington State, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before becoming a licensed couple and family therapist. She now teaches Ethics and Diversity to future therapists, preaches on weekends and sees couples and families in her offices in the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church and in Voorhees, NJ.
Rev. John D. Fordyce
Following a call to ministry during a Billy Graham Crusade in New York City as he was attending the City College of New York, Rev. John D. Fordyce changed his major and prepared to enter Seminary at Princeton. After ordination, he came to West Jersey Presbytery where he would serve two churches over the next 41 years. His second call, to First Presbyterian Church in Vineland, lasted from 1983 until his retirement in 2016. He served many years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, several as its chair, as well as other committees when requested. He has served a number of years on the Presbytery's Council and as Presbytery Moderator. For twenty years he was involved at Camp Johnsonburg as counselor in the counselor training program, Board member, and Board President. He continues to teach ethics and philosophy at Cumberland County College, beginning his 19th year there just two weeks ago. John may be retired, but he is not inactive.
Rev. Wendy Boer
The Rev. Wendy B. Boer will celebrate the 44th anniversary of her ordination this year and she has been a member of our presbytery that entire time. She currently serves the Presbytery as the Stated Clerk. She recently retired from her role as a Chaplain at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly. She has previously served as pastor of the Gloucester City, Janvier (Franklinville) and Westminster Camden Churches and as the missioner at the Echelon Mall Ministry. She and her husband, Rick, live in Mt. Laurel. In her spare time, she grows orchids and reads mysteries. Lately they have been travelling several times a year to Seattle to visit their young granddaughters.
Rev. Daniel Pure
Rev. Daniel Pure is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and a member in good standing of the West Jersey Presbytery. He received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970 after dedicating his life to Jesus Christ in the summer of 1967.
For the better part of his 46-year career, Dan has helped churches throughout Southern New Jersey develop mission studies and set corporate goals. He has served on the West Jersey Presbytery's Committee on Ministry, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Consultation, working with churches and pastors in significant conflict. He has served as pulpit supply for a number of churches in the West Jersey Presbytery and as chaplain to psychiatric clients at Camden County Health Services Center. For the last ten years, Dan served as the pulpit supply for the Clayton First Presbyterian Church. These were ten very happy years that saw significant church growth for that church in the face of unexpected challenges and a few tragedies along the way.
Dan received his Group Process, Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Sensitivity Training with Laboratory Trainers/Consultants Network under the auspices of Princeton Theological Seminary. He has consulted with churches, small businesses, banks, and volunteer organizations. His expertise includes pastoral counseling,
goal- setting, time management, conflict management, educational design, leadership training, creating personal and corporate mission statements, and developing effective, working committees.
For almost his entire life, Dan has had an abiding interest in the healing arts. For over 20 years, Dan has taught complementary alternative medicine throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a result of this work, he has
developed a unique, holistic approach to organizational development, conflict management, and energy focus in group process.
Dan also enjoys teaching Christian-based meditation as an Adult Bible study offering, and for the last two years as an extension of this work, has been conducting meditation classes with brain-injured patients at Independence Rehab in Cherry Hill.
Besides his first love of preaching, Dan’s passion is playwriting and comedy improv. He has written a number of one-act liturgical dramas as well as a well-received two-act musical comedy that raised money for Caring Hearts Ministry.
Dan’s hobbies include modifying tubed hi-fi gear and music listening, as well as occasional scale military modeling. He is a devout Eagles fan as well as a First Generation Star Wars devotee!
Dan was Honorably Retired as of June 30, 2016
Rev. Dr. James H. Kraft
Rev. Dr. James H. Kraft, MDiv, ThM, D.Min served as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Holly from 1972-2003. That church was known for its mission in the community, It served the community by establishing: a lay pastoral counseling service, a congregate living facility for 50 senior adults, 13 rental housing units for low income people, a soup kitchen, a Mall Ministry, and a caring center for food and clothing distribution. Rev. Kraft served the county through membership on the Freeholder’s Human Services Advisory Committee, and the Local Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He also served on the Bio-Ethics Committee of Virtua Hospital. He has twice been President of the Mount Holly Clergy Association, and twice served as Moderator of Monmouth Presbytery. From 2004-2007, he was Pastor of the International Church, Karachi, Pakistan, and from 2007 to 2015, Pastor of Serving and Sending, and Interim Pastor at Faith Presbyterian, Medford, NJ. Jim has been married to Fran for 58 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Virginia Leopold
Rev. Dr. Virginia Leopold resides in Shamong, NJ A teacher for 19
years, Ginny then went to Princeton Theological Seminary, following which she
began a 32 year ministry as Associate Pastor at The Protestant Community
Church of Medford Lakes, NJ, and has now retired from there. She received
her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in
Washington, DC in 2000
The Reverend Doctor Debbie Brincivalli
The Rev. Dr. “Debby” Brincivalli is the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of West Jersey since July, 2008. This involves care for the 64 churches and 12,000 members in our bounds in addition to caring for all clergy, be they specialized, parish pastors or retired. The office of executive presbyter is one that provides oversight of staff, encourages relationships with churches, and is the ecumenical and interfaith dialogue representative for the presbytery, as well as providing interpretation and celebration of the connectional nature of the church. For the previous 23 years she was the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Burlington. She is married to James Adcock
Rev. Lynne Trout
Rev. Lynne Trout faithfully served the First Presbyterian Church of Delanco. She is now Honorably Retired. Rev. Trout has a passion for “Older Adult” ministry.
Chaplain Joseph Sweeney
Chaplain Joseph Sweeney was born in Flushing, Long Island, New York, and grew up in the Flushing area. He attended the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, and has a career background in Promotional Marketing. He has lived in South Jersey for 30 years with his wife, Lynn. Joseph and Lynn have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Joseph was ordained into the Episcopal Church, Diocese of New Jersey as a Deacon in 2010. He currently serves as Chaplain at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, Hampton Behavior Health Center in Westampton, and the Acacia Hospice (formerly Masonic Hospice Services) in Burlington.
The Reverend Mouris Yousef
c/o First Presbyterian Church
101 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Rev. Mouris Amine Yousef,
Pastor Mouris Yousef
The Reverend David G. Cassie
The Rev. David G. Cassie is the former Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of West Jersey (PCUSA). He has also served as the Associate Executive Presbyter for Mission in the Presbytery of Elizabeth, (NJ and was on the staff of the Presbytery of Philadelphia as its Associate for Evangelism and Social Witness. He and his wife, Dhyan, an Audiologist, were missionaries in Honduras and Mexico. In México they were involved in Church Planting with the Presbyterian Border Ministry. They also served in Honduras with the Christian Commission for Development (CCD: La Comisión Cristiana de Desarrollo), where Dave taught rural and urban pastors in CCD’s theological extension program, while Dhyan worked in CCD’s Health Division, training rural health workers in the prevention of hearing disorders. Dhyan has her Doctorate in Audiology and teaches at the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Dave is a graduate of Hope College and studied at Edinburgh University; he has done graduate work at Syracuse University. He has his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Master of Theology degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. (His Masters Thesis was: “Some Possible Sources of a Social Ethic in the Eastern Orthodox Liturgy.”) He has served churches in Detroit, Providence, R.I., Chicago, Ponce, Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh. He has been the Interim Pastor of the St. Andrews Church of Scotland congregation in Gibraltar.
Dave has had a long relationship with Cuba and was part of a Presbyterian Board of Pensions team that went there to do research to identify Presbyterians whose Pensions have been embargoed by the US Government. In a collaboration with Yale Divinity School, he is presently helping the Cuban Presbyterian Church preserve its historical documents. Dave is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the transformation of persons and congregations through local and international mission outreach.
The Reverend Chuck Coblenz
The Reverend Chuck Coblenz is no stranger to many of you. He has preached here on many occasions, and says that it is always a pleasure to come back and share the Word of God with his friends at Bustleton. Rev. Coblenz is the chairperson of the Department of Religion at the Pennington School and it’s chaplain.
On Pastor Ivo’s first day here at Bustleton he found a note on his desk from Rev. Coblenz that read: “Dear Rev. Meilands, This is a great church!
Dr Emanuel Nasir
An author and preacher, Dr Emanuel Nasir holds a doctorate in Old Testament History and Islamic Studies. He is a frequent speaker in many International conferences. He is the current Director of Asian Christian Ministries, Inc., and an organizing pastor of the South Asian Fellowship in the Presbytery of West Jersey. He also serves as a consultant to the New Immigrant Ministries Office of the PCUSA General Assembly, and has established 14 South Asian congregations throughout the United States which are now part of the Presbyterian Church USA.
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