David A. Davis
David A Davis is currently the senior pastor of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served the congregation since 2000. David earned his Ph.D. in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he continues to teach as a visiting lecturer. His academic work has focused on preaching as a corporate act and the active role of the listener in the preaching event. Before arriving in Princeton, he served for fourteen years as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Blackwood, New Jersey.
He has published two sermon collections, A Kingdom You Can Taste and Lord, Teach Us to Pray, and served on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Foundation and the local Princeton YMCA. In addition to preaching in Presbyterian congregations around the country, David has preached to congregations in South Africa, Scotland, the Samuel Proctor Child Advocacy Conference of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Calvin Symposium for Worship, and on the campuses of Harvard and Duke University.
David grew up in Pittsburgh and did his undergraduate work at Harvard University where he was a member of the University Choir, singing weekly in Memorial Church and listening to the preaching of Professor Peter Gomes. David is married to Cathy Cook, a Presbyterian Minister who is currently Associate Dean of Students and Director of Senior Placement at Princeton Seminary. They have two children, Hannah and Ben.
Lauren J. McFeaters
Lauren J. McFeaters serves as Associate Pastor of the Nassau Presbyterian Church since 2001. Her pastoral responsibilities lie in congregational nurture through pastoral care and counseling, membership and evangelism, worship and preaching, and the ministry of the deacons. She is a certified pastoral counselor and a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Prior to arriving at Nassau, Lauren served the First Presbyterian Church in Ewing, New Jersey, Northeast Career and Pastoral Counseling Center in Princeton, Hospice of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky, and Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lauren was born and raised in the Presbyterian Church and grew up in Pittsburgh PA. She completed her undergraduate work at Emerson College in Boston and subsequently moved to New York City, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and began a career in theater. She is a published poet, liturgist, and playwright. Prior to her ordination she completed her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Master in Counseling from Rider University.
Lauren is married to Michael Brothers, a Presbyterian minister and faculty member of Princeton Theological Seminary. They have a daughter, Josie.
Joyce MacKichan Walker
Joyce MacKichan Walker is the Minister of Education at Nassau Presbyterian Church since her ordination in 2007. She served as the Director of Christian Education at Nassau for eighteen years prior to that date.
Joyce’s undergraduate degree is from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A 1979 graduate of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and a Certified Christian Educator since 1983, she serves the larger church as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, and teacher for PC(USA) educator certification courses. Her writing includes the eighth-grade course for Logos Systems Associates, Teaching Children Worship in the Sanctuary with Carol Wehrheim, Be Tween: Exploring Faith and Christian Life with Older Elementary Children with Linda LeBron, leaders guides for Presbyterian Publishing Corporation books and Thoughtful Christian studies, and the Suggestions for Leaders for the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 Presbyterian Women’s Bible Studies on Jonah and Ruth and Joshua.
Joyce grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is married to J. Michael Walker, a Presbyterian minister who works for the state of New Jersey. They have two adult children, Rebekah and Andrew.
Noel Werner has been the Director of Music at Nassau Presbyterian Church since 2006. Prior to this position, he was the Minister of Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey, for eleven years.
Noel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University, and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Christian Theological Seminary (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis. He has lectured at Westminster Choir College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Presbyteries of Elizabeth and New Brunswick. His wife, the Rev. Wendi Werner, is the solo pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dayton, New Jersey. They have two daughters, Sophie and Emily.
Patricia Thel is the Interim Director of Choirs for Children and Youth. Patty is the director and founder of the Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choir. She has also served as the Executive Artistic director of the Trenton Children’s Chorus, the middle school choral director at Princeton Day School, and adjunct music education instructor at Westminster Choir College and the Ithaca College School of Music.
Patty holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University. Her three children, Betsy, Tommy and Joe, were baptized at Nassau Church, where she has served as a deacon, elder, and high school Sunday school teacher. Her husband, Steve Thel, is the Maurice Wormser Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law.
Corrie Berg is the Director of Children’s and Family Ministries. She grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, and attended Jamestown College, a Presbyterian liberal arts college, majoring in both Religion and English Literature. While a college student she ran the Vacation Bible School program at the local Presbyterian church and also implemented and co-led a Wednesday night family program. In subsequent years she was an active volunteer and lay leader in children’s and youth programs at a variety of churches in New Jersey, Connecticut, and beginning in 2005, Nassau Church.
Before joining the staff in 2010, Corrie’s volunteer service to the congregation included moderating the Children’s and Family Ministry Committee, serving as a member of the Master Plan Task Force, directing Vacation Bible School, and establishing and co-leading the Mothers’ Fellowship Program.
Corrie is married to Shane, Vice President of Communication and External Relations, Princeton Theological Seminary. They have three boys — Anders, Mathias, and Soren.
Mark Edwards is the Director of Youth Ministries. Mark joined Nassau as Director of Youth Ministries in September of 2013. Mark is a lifelong Presbyterian, a graduate of Whitworth University, and holds a M.Div. (’07) and a Ph.D. (Philosophy and Theology, ’13) from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Mark has experience in a variety of youth ministry settings, including serving as a youth pastor at Kingston Presbyterian Church (Kingston, New Jersey); as a middle school leader with Young Life (Spokane, Washington); as a mountain guide with Young Life’s Beyond Malibu (British Columbia’s Coast Mountains); and as the Director of Outdoor Adventure at Glacier Presbyterian Camp (Northwest Montana). He enjoys biking, climbing, music of high volume, and Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. As a doctoral student, Mark was a frequent Assistant of Instruction at Princeton University. Currently, he is also an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey and Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his wife moved to Princeton from Seattle after spending a year backpacking around Europe and Southeast Asia. They have two children.
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Andrew T. Scales
Andrew T. Scales serves as a Presbyterian Chaplain to Princeton University and Executive Co-Director of the Westminster Foundation. He is an enthusiastic preacher, passionate teacher, and creative developer of ministries. Andrew is in his third year of the homiletics Ph.D. program at Princeton Theological Seminary. He previously served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Campus Ministry at Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, North Carolina.
Andrew was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied history and classics. Andrew met his wife and partner in ministry, Len, while they completed their Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Len Turner Scales
Len Turner Scales serves as a Presbyterian Chaplain to Princeton University and Executive Co-Director of the Westminster Foundation. She deeply appreciates the diversity of God’s people and is eager to gather students to discuss the impact of faith on identity. She recently served as the Minister for Community, Care, and Connection at Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and was previously the Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Youth at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Len is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Maryville College with a degree in mathematics and education. Len is married to Andrew Scales, who is also her partner in ministry. They met while completing their Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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Annelisa Hume, Youth Ministry
Melissa Martin, Teaching Ministry
Joel Moody, Preaching Ministry
Travis Niles, Youth Ministry
Chikara Saito, Teaching Ministry
Austin Vernon, Youth Ministry
Julia Watkins, Princeton Presbyterians
John Baker, Sound Engineer
Corrie Berg, Director of Children’s & Family Ministries
Verny Cano, Custodian
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David A. Davis, Pastor
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Linda Gilmore, Business Administrator
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Joyce MacKichan Walker, Minister of Education
Noel Werner, Director of Music
Lauren Yeh, Executive Assistant