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Philip N. Gumbs

Philip N. Gumbs

Celebrating Black History Month Mission Commission Profile of the Week The material here is compiled mainly from Centraljersey.com news articles and a few other sources noted in the references [1-6]. Philip N. Gumbs grew up in Cliffwood, New Jersey. After graduation from high school, he joined the US Army Air Corps during World War II.…

Thomas Mundy Peterson

Thomas Mundy Peterson

Celebrating Black History Month Mission Commission Profile of the Week The material here is compiled mainly from Mycentraljersey.com and a few other sources noted in the references [1-6]. Do you know that March 31 each year is Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in New Jersey? The State Legislature passed a resolution on April 3, 1998, and…

John Gloucester

Reverend John Gloucester

Celebrating Black History Month Mission Commission Profile of the Week The material here is compiled mainly from BlackPast.org, Wikipedia and a few other sources noted in the references [1-6]. Gloucester was born as a slave with a given name Jack in Tennessee. He was a young believer gifted with the ability to evangelize and convert…

Charles Frost Organ

Charles D. Frost

Celebrating Black History Month Mission Commission Profile of the Week In our church’s modern history, Charles Frost is thought to be our first African American Organist and Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Matawan from 1973 to1976 when he was in Graduate School at Westminster Choir College in Princeton (now part of…

Charles L.T. Dryden

Charles L.T. Dryden

Celebrating Black History Month Profile of the Week Our old church records (membership registry, session minutes, or annual reports) do not typically indicate any race of our members, so it is quite difficult to identify African Americans in our church community. Nevertheless, after talking to a few knowledgeable members, we believe that Charles L.T. Dryden…

Crop Walk 2021

CROP Walk Raises $6,070!

Thanks to all who organized and walked, and all our 85 donors — we shattered our personal all-time record! A portion of the collection will help 15 local food pantries, including our own. We also picked up a van of donated food. How blessed we are for such giving and caring people!