Rev. Natalie Bell
Pastor Natalie grew up near Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in Religion and Psychology, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998 with her M.Div. She then served churches in Lawrenceville, NJ, and Muskogee and Cleveland, Oklahoma before becoming Pastor of First Presbyterian of Owasso, Oklahoma. She served the Owasso church for 16 years before being called to First Presbyterian of Matawan. She is married to Ed Bell, and they enjoy traveling and exploring the outdoors, as well as antique and resale shops. She has a son in Kansas City, and her daughter lives with them in Matawan. Pastor Natalie comes from a large close-knit family in OK, TX, and NY, staying in touch these days thanks to weekly Zooms! Natalie loves to laugh, read, listen to great podcasts and TED talks, sing, take walks, sew, and quilt.
Dr. E. Graham McKinley
Director of Music
Graham holds a B.A. from Yale University with a double major in Music and Psychology; an M.M. from Westminster Choir College with a concentration in Church Music; and a Ph.D in Communication from Rutgers University. While she has worked as Music Director for various churches, she has served First Presbyterian for more than 30 years. She recently retired from her full-time position as Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, where she taught Journalism, Public Relations, Publication Design, Web Design and Audio Production.
June has been a member of our staff for more than 25 years. A long-time Matawan-area resident, she has participated in numerous community groups.
She has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Matawan area.
Director Presbyterian Nursery School
Ron has been a member of First Presbyterian all his life, and his parents, Wayne and Barbara DeVilbiss, attend regularly.
Sunday Morning Nursing Supervisor
Babysitting for infants and toddlers through age 3 is provided from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. under Patty's supervision.
“My Church Family!” – You hear that expression from quite a few people at FPC Matawan. It comes from the fact that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. It also reflects the nature of our mobile society, where many of us are separated by many states and even oceans from relatives. Indeed, we have members in our congregation from 6 of the 7 continents – no one yet from Antarctica! Because of this, we have formed strong bonds with one another and support one another in many aspects of our lives, but none more important than our faith journeys. Our faith has been strengthened by the living examples of so many of our brothers and sisters here at FPC Matawan.
The Session is responsible for the programs, organization, mission and spiritual life of the church. Consisting of 15 Elders elected by the congregation, the Session is moderated by the Pastor. Much of the work of the Session is done through its various Commissions and Committees
As part of a Presbyterian Family, we are called to serve in many different ways. I have been called to serve as Clerk of Session. In this capacity, I keep the minutes of our Session and Congregational Meetings, maintain our Membership Rolls, and enter important events into our official books (baptisms, weddings, confirmations, etc.). Some of our church records in the Archives go back into the 1800’s. It is a real honor and privilege to serve with the outstanding men and women on Session. I would encourage all members to follow their passions, look for what needs to be done, and volunteer with a Commission to make it happen.
The Board of Deacons has been called by God to minister to those in need in our congregation as well as those in need in our community. The Board is the physical manifestation of our love and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Youth Group Leadership
The Junior and Senior High Youth Groups are led by experienced, dedicated volunteers. Activities include participating in the area Crop Walk and the church's annual Christmas carolling, attending retreats at Camp Johnsonburg and leading a 10:30 a.m. worship service. For more information, see our Christian Education page.
Under the auspices of Music Director E. Graham McKinley, talented lay leaders direct some of our children and bell choirs. We are so lucky to have these dedicated musicians as part of our congregation! For a fuller description of our many choirs, and a list of rehearsal times, see our Music Program page. All are welcome to participate!