Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the way we minister to and with each other in daily living: sharing joys and sorrows, supporting in times of stress and need, offering mutual forgiveness and reconciliation. Our Lord taught us to love people in all of life’s circumstances in the church and beyond. We recognize life’s transitions which bring joy and sorrow in human life: children are born, grow up, become independent; people begin work, change jobs, retire; households are established, many move to new locations, churches say hello and goodbye to many new friends; people are empowered, restored, make new commitments.

The ministries of pastoral care support people in recognizing, accepting, and celebrating these and other such times of adjustment. The church engages in ministries of care in its worship of God, and all of its members draw upon the resources of worship in proving pastoral care. Scripture is central as our support, comfort, and guidance. The proclamation of the Word in sermon and song is God’s gift that bears witness to the resurrection and leads us to recognize the Gospel life. Prayers — silent, spoken, and sung — give thanks, intercede, make supplication, and acknowledge God’s presence and power.

Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters (;609-924-0103 x102)

Rev. Len Scales (; 609-924-0103 x505)

Nicole Huckerby, Deacon Moderator (

Deacon Ministries

As ordained officers of the church, deacons are responsive to a variety of needs within our church family and they stand ready to minister in many of life’s transitions, challenges and joys.

According to the Book of Order (G-6.0400) the office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith.

As ordained officers of the church, deacons are responsive to a variety of needs within our church family and they stand ready to minister in many of life’s transitions, challenges and joys. All deacons receive training in a variety of areas including visitation, prayer, grief, listening skills, vocation and the diaconate. Their mission is to serve our church family in the spirit of our Lord’s ministry of healing and compassion. At Nassau, deacons minister through Pastoral, Practical, and Specialized Ministries teams. The areas of ministries are listed below.

For further information, see What is a Presbyterian Deacon? (pdf).

For the Deacons

Information for the Deacons, including important dates and notes for deacon training classes.

Board of Deacons 2016-2017

Class of 2019

Ginger August
Sam Bezilla
Martha Blom
Beth Coogan
Marna Elliott
Cathy Hendry
Shuang Huang
Taesoon Kang
Cathy Karpowicz
Richard Karpowicz
Shana Lindsey-Morgan
Christian Martin
Marshall McKnight
Stefan Moorhead
Bob Pisano
Nancy Prince
Tom Rohrbach
Cara Ruddy
Betsy Ruddy
Pam Wakefield
Bill Wakefield

Class of 2018

Marie Behnke
Harriet Black
Emily Borowski
Jennifer Borowski
Ken Brown
Mary Brown
Morgan Burke
Betty Dominick
Lynnette Dunn
Carol Fagundus
Elizabeth Gift
Linda Jesse
Joan Kettelkamp
Zahn Liu
Val Mathews
Janie Nutt
Janet Roman
Kirt Rosenbaum
Martha Sword
James Takasugi

Class of 2017

Karen Berliner
Jennifer Caputo
Barbara Edwards
Nicole Huckerby
Ned Walthall
Anne Steel
Lorraine Jackson
Rebekah Sterlacci
Melissa Davis
Frances Katrishen
Jackie Rosenbaum
Sam Windom

Areas of Ministry

Pastoral Ministries

Time of Birth
Time of Illness & Hospitalization
Time of Later Life
Time of Bereavement

Practical Ministries

Sunday Office & Telephone Duty
Visitor Bags & Welcome
Sunday Morning Coffee Fellowship
Flower Prep

Specialized Ministries

Health Care Ministries
Sunday Bus Hospitality
Prayer Chain
Walking Group
Chemo Hats & Crafters
Prayer Ministry
Mission Card Making
ESL for Refugee Families