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 (Email Lauren McFeaters; 609-924-0103 x102)

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 & joys.

According to the Book of Order (G-2.0201) 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).

Board of Deacons

Class of 2022

Glenn Imhoff
Christian Kirkpatrick
Eva McKenna
Claire Mulry
Robert Murdich
Janie Nutt
Beth Parker
Colleen Santoro
Marie Shock
Morgan Swanke
Sharilyn Tel
Isabel Van Wagner

Class of 2023

Karen Barrows
Liz Beasley
Beth Coogan
Lynette Dunn
Miriam Eley
Zack Gilmore
Linda Jesse
Marshall McKnight
John Parker
Judy Shakespeare-Siano
Rob Siano
Susan Smiley
Pam Wakefield

Class of 2024

Lynn Charles
Caroline Purnell
Madelyn Patterson
Jeff Kuhn
Anne-Renee Rice-
Max Soumeillant
Andre Soumeillant
Rozlyn Anderson
Kristin Koop
Luka Poulton
Suh Shin Kim
Trevor Thornton
Thomas VanWart


Areas of Ministry

Pastoral Ministries

Older Adults, Illness & Rehabilitation, Bereavement (including our GriefEncounters Small Group)


Practical Ministries:

Congregational Welcome, Prayer Ministry, Justice Projects, Advent & Lenten Care Package Delivery, Ushering, Emergency Response Team, Mission Cards & Crafters, Baking & Cooking Ministry


Worship Ministries:

Serving Communion, Baptismal Hospitality, Serving Home Communion, Leading Worship for the Service of Remembrance, Services of Wholeness & Healing, Advent & Lenten Services at Stonebridge and Windrows