Staff

Pastor John King grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended college in Williamsburg, Virginia at the College of William and Mary.  After spending a brief time as a teacher and coach, he was called to the work of Young Life, a ministry to teenagers, in which he served for thirteen years.  He began his seminary work through Fuller Theological Seminary and later received a Master of Religion degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary).  While working with Young Life, he was invited to be part of the first faculty group for the youth ministry major at Eastern University and continued to serve as an adjunct professor for eighteen years.  After leaving Young Life, he served at churches in Malvern, PA, Havertown, PA, Wilmington, DE, Kennett Square, PA, Middletown, PA and Lower Providence, PA, the latter three as interim pastor.

He has been married to Marlo for almost 45 years.  Marlo is a registered nurse who spent the past 27 years in the emergency department at Crozer Chester Medical Center before retiring in February.  She recently began a new chapter in her career as a substitute school nurse where she will  confront emergencies of a different kind!  John and Marlo have three adult sons and six grandchildren and reside in Garnet Valley, PA.

John King

Pastor

Beth Davenport worked as a nurse in the field of pediatric oncology and foster care for 23 years and now fills in as a substitute  school nurse along with coordinating the Lighthouse Ministry, Inc.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, she studied at Messiah College for one year between the four years at VU.  After graduation she worked as a nurse in NYC and with the Brethren in Christ Church in the Bronx where she spent two years as director of an after-school tutoring program.  This program was the link for the Lighthouse Learning Center she started in 2007 under the Lighthouse Ministry, Inc. in Salem.  For the last nine years in NY she lived in upper Manhattan (Inwood) with her husband, Chris.  All three of their children were born in NYC before the family moved to Salem, NJ.  Beth enjoys the combination of Christian education, nursing, and working with children and youth. Beth Davenport

Director of the Lighthouse Ministry, Inc.

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

Treasurer

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

Minister of Music

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

Church Secretary

Chanda Williams is our Director of Young Adult and College Ministry.  Chanda describes the ministry in this way, “We are young adults from very diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities that come together, where each person is valued and built up in the Lord. The mutual support, prayer, and encouragement that we give one another has been an important part of what keeps us coming back!” Chanda Williams

Youth & College Director

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

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