Jo Ann Burrell, Ruling Elder
Ruling Elder Jo Ann Burrell has served PW in many various positions on the congregational, presbytery, synod and CCT levels. She became active in PW, because her mother was active in the organization. The work done by the PW organization really interested her, so she carried on after the great example of her mother. At Trinity Presbyterian Church, Montclair, NJ, she has worked at different times on the fifteen church committees. She has been a Ruling Elder since October 6, 1991. She is a retired Senior Project Manager from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she worked with non-profit organizations, and profit-making companies in the development of housing for the aged, disabled, middle and low income people.
Rev. Jeremy T. Campbell
Rev. Jeremy Campbell serves the Presbytery of Newton and the Presbytery of Elizabeth as Stated Clerk. He is a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem PA with a BA in Graphic Design and German Language. He completed his M.Div and an MA in clinical counseling at Moravian Theological Seminary and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and ofter Drug Counselor (CAADC). In addition to serving as clerk Jeremy is an outpatient addictions counselor. He and his wife Megan live in Metuchen NJ with their daughter Ruby, three cats and four fish.
Rev. Sharyl Dixon
For over 27 years, Sharyl has served churches in Northern California, Aberdeen, Scotland, upper Bucks County Pennsylvania and now Kingston NJ. She is a teaching pastor at her heart and passionate about pastoral care issues from caregiving to grief and visitation. In her spare time, Sharyl is a proud aunt, loves to read, kayak, cook and explore history with Philadelphia’s favorite John Adams interpreter, Peyton Dixon.
Rev. Molly Dykstra
The Reverend Molly Dykstra has serves the First Presbyterian Church in Trenton.
She graduated from the University of California at Davis and Princeton Theological Seminary and has served congregations in Mexico City, Mexico, in Dubuque, Iowa, and across the Presbytery of New Brunswick in pastoral ministry, children's and family ministry, resourcing, leadership development, and early childhood education. She is currently enrolled in the GreenFaith Fellows program and owns a small business called Green Paper Cup. She resides in Princeton, NJ with her family.
John Fong is married to Jennifer Fong, have three wonderful teens, and is a member of FPC of Metuchen. In 2017 John received an Innovation Grant from the Synod of the Northeast to help churches in four New Jersey presbyteries establish and better utilize digital communications for their ministries. Based on his work and experience with our NJ churches developed the Digital Discipleship Ministry program and now works with over twenty presbyteries in three Synods (PCUSA). The program starts with the benchmark of reaching, engaging, ministering to 500+ people and welcoming at least 4 new visitors to church in their first 30 days; the program is mostly automated, monitors and tracks progress and introduces systematic strategies to help churches establish a strong foundation for growth. The program utilizes contemporary Content, Influencer Marketing, Gamification, Relational marketing and Digital Communication methodologies, that have been adapted for churches and other ministries. All strategies in this program are data and analytics driven so results can be quantifiable.
Lisa Gray, Ruling Elder
Lisa is an Elder at Old Greenwhich Presbyterian Church in Stewartsville NJ.
She’s served as Elder at two congregations, and on Committee on Ministry, Coordinating Team, and Moderator of Newton Presbytery. Her first love is Presbyterian Women. After attending her first National Triennial Gathering when she was in the “youngest age category” she was hooked. Since then she served as PW Moderator of her local church, co-moderator of PW Newton Presbytery and currently Moderator PW Synod if the Northeast. She’s led bible studies continuously for more years than she cares to admit, ran and authored workshops for PW and Presbytery Leadership events. She is a retired medical lab supervisor and had the privilege of caring for our veterans at the VA hospital. She lives with her husband Ray and four cats which barely substitute for the four grown children.
Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley
The Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley serves as Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, Northeast Region. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees.
“Building on relationships and resourcing churches to help them increase funding for their ministry are my top priorities. I want to help others realize the vast amount of resources available through the Foundation and work in collaboration with other agencies of the PC(USA).”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ellie served nearly four years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Pennsylvania. She also served as Director of the Summer Youth Institute and Assistant Director of Admissions at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. A member of the Presbytery of Lake Erie, Ellie most recently served as co-moderator of the presbytery’s Administrative Committee and was a member of the Trustees. Previous service to the larger church includes the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, Regional Resource Person for the Theological Education Fund in the Synod of the Trinity and the synod’s Campus Ministry Task Force.
Ellie received a Bachelor of Science in biology at Muskingum College and a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She resides south of Pittsburgh in the town of Carmichaels with husband Dr. Eric Kelley and two young daughters.
Rev. Justin Karmann
Justin Karmann is the Associate Pastor of Youth, Young Adults, and Mission at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen. Although I never had the chance to take a Youth Ministry course in seminary, our Youth Leaders have found success in reaching high schoolers throughout our community. A passion of mine is integrating cultural relevance and kingdom-minded mission into our Youth Group discussions and activities.
Elise Bates Russell, Executive Director
Elise currently serves as the executive director of Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center, serving youth, families, non-profit and corporate groups with leadership development, teambuilding, retreats, outdoor education and missional opportunities. Her education includes a degree from the College of Wooster and a Masters in architecture from the University of Michigan. Her passions include leadership development, healthy governance, effective teams and cultural diversity. Along with her husband Rick (engineer and educator), and three vivacious daughters, she enjoys travel, hearing new ideas, being outdoors and meeting people!