Rev. Gary Cecil was raised in West Virginia in a close-knit community and a small country church. Supported by the community, he attended King College in Tenn. where he felt God’s call to ministry. After attending Union Seminary in Richmond, Va., Gary was ordained as associate pastor at the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh).
He accepted a call to Grand Forks, North Dakota where he began an outreach with university and high school students using his martial arts training as a means of engaging students with Christ’s teachings. While there his wife, Sheila, was director of the Gospel Mission. Leaving N.D. he pastored a church in Gastonia, North Carolina. Gary was then called to a new church development in south Florida with a congregation that was racially and ethnically diverse. Later Gary was called as Senior Pastor in the historic town of Madison, Georgia, followed by a similar call to the panhandle of Florida.
Gary is married to Sheila Palmer and they have two sons and seven grandsons. Doug is Provost/VP at Walsh University in Canton, OH. and Mitch is a P.A. specializing in cardio-thoracic surgery. He lives in Vero Beach. Both sons and their families are active in their respective churches.
Gary and Sheila have together and individually led mission trips to Mexico, the Caribbean, Northern Ireland and the US, and have been on missions to Africa and South Asia. Gary enjoys hiking, golf, reading and writing (Gary has a book: God is Able – Rediscovering God’s Power in a Self-centered Culture), preaching and teaching, and continues his support and interest in the martial arts. Gary and Sheila enjoy traveling, camping, cooking and love to entertain, believing that the ministry of hospitality is a calling and spiritual gift.Rev. Dr. Gary Cecil
Allen Gage has been the Church Treasurer since 1998. He was born and raised in Salem and graduated from Widener University in 1986 with a BS in Accounting. He is married to Rhonda (Puckett) and resides in Pennsville Township. They have three married sons and seven grandchildren. He is a Ruling Elder, serves as Clerk of Session, and sings in the church choir. He is also a Trustee on the Salem Community College Board of Directors. He enjoys jogging, swimming, and tennis.Allen B. Gage
Joe Krupa holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and a B. A. degree from Rutgers University. He has appeared as piano soloist with symphony orchestras on both east and west coasts. While maintaining a growing schedule of solo piano recitals, he continues to concertize in Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley area with art song recitalists, opera singers and instrumentalists.Owing to his versatility as a musician, Joseph continues to be in demand as Music Director/Accompanist for countless community performances throughout the South Jersey area. He enjoys regular collaboration with artists of the Philadelphia Opera Co, Marian Anderson Music Guild, the Ritz Theatre, and the Savoy Company, among many others.
An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Joseph currently serves as Organist/Pianist/choir director for the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, NJ.
His studies in Accompanying have taken him to the mid-west, to Canada, and to France where he has coached with the eminent accompanists, Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz. He continues his study of the piano, and performance in the grand Romantic tradition, under the guidance of Alexander Fiorillo, Professor Emeritus at Temple University, and former student of the renowned Vladimir Horowitz.Joseph Krupa
Patti Christ has been on staff at First Presbyterian Church of Salem since September 2006 as the church secretary. She is a native of Salem and graduated from Salem High School in 1979.
Patti and husband, Bill, have made their home in Elsinboro Township, they have two sons and are members of Broadway United Methodist Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and reading.Patti Crist
Charlie Williams’ background is in construction and in custodial management. He and his wife Peg live in Pennsville Township and have two grown children.Charlie Williams