Pastor Rick Preaching

The Rev. Dr. Richard Boyer

Interim Pastor

Rick attended Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1985 with an M.Div. He received his D.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2001. He has served as an Associate Pastor, Solo Pastor, and Senior Pastor with an Associate on staff; has led innumerable retreats, officer training classes; and annual stewardship campaigns. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Sylvia; is a voracious reader; plays a bit of guitar; takes pleasure in a round of golf, and roots for the Los Angeles Angels and the Ohio State state Buckeyes.

Our Director of Music

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 Nicora

June Nicora

Office Manager

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.

Corky Fary

Corky Farry

Director Presbyterian Nursery School

Corky’s passion has always been teaching, and especially the education of young children. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Westminster College, PA, and a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Adelphi University on Long Island. Her career started as a public school Speech Pathologist in the East Brunswick school district, followed by several years off to care for her two young daughters.

When it was time to look for a preschool for her own daughters, she and her husband Jim looked no further than downstairs in their home church: Presbyterian Nursery School. They were impressed with the caring and loving atmosphere, and the school’s philosophy of developmental learning which allows all children to learn at their own pace.

She served on the PNS Board for several years. When an opening occurred on the staff she was invited to accept a teaching position in 1989 in the FOURS class. She assumed the dual role of Director and Teacher in 1995. In 2016 after 26 years in the classroom she became full time Director where she continues to serve today.

Corky is a strong proponent of the school’s developmental approach, and the “learning through play” philosophy. “Working with young children and their families at PNS has been my calling and my joy. I’ve watched so many young children grow from shy, quiet 3 or 4 year olds into socially active, confident, independent, kind and thoughtful children with skills that serve them well in kindergarten and beyond. It’s still so rewarding to run into former students and their parents and hear how fondly they remember their time at PNS, and how they continue to enjoy the friendships made here.”

Ron DeVilbiss

Custodian

Ron has been a member of First Presbyterian all his life, and his parents, Wayne and Barbara DeVilbiss, attend regularly.

Patty Bellone

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.

Lay Leadership

“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

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

Jerry Godbehere

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 Deacons

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.

Musical Leadership

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!