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Regional Connection Breakfast for Fellowship and Prayer

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

You are invited to a free fellowship breakfast for both clergy and laity with the primary goal of facilitating connection and fellowship – as well as engaging in an enlightening discussion to consider the thoughts and concerns you experience in the course of your ministry.   
Location:  The event will be held at Friendship Hall at the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, N.J.   529 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains NJ (see below for map).

The program will feature a community conversation titled:

“What is the Future of the Church and Ministry in Changing Landscapes: A Conversation in Community” 

Rev. Zachary K. Pearce, NBTS Trustee and
Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Port Jervis, N.Y

 Zachary Pearce serves the wider church as Stated Clerk of the Classis of Orange, as well as a member of the Congregational Care and People in Ministry committees. Rev. Pearce is a Trustee of NBTS and Chairs the Institutional Advancement Committee. He has previously served as Pastor of the Ellenville Reformed Church in Ellenville, N.Y. Rev. Pearce has served as a delegate to the Regional Synod of New York (RSNY) and the General Synod of the RCA. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Misericordia University in Dallas, P.A. where he has taught various courses in the Department of Government since 2015 and the Department of Religion since 2022.
He holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Marist College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Bloomsburg University.
The featured panelists will be:

Rev. Dr. Micah McCreary, President, NBTS 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rev. Dr. Micah L. McCreary began his term as the 12th president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2017.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan; a Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University; and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

President McCreary is a member of the New Brunswick Classis of the Reformed Church in America (RCA).  He was ordained by the New Hope Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan (member of the National Baptist Convention), and his ordination was recognized by the American Baptist Churches in 2001 and received by the RCA in 2018. In 2021 President McCreary was installed as an RCA General Synod Professor of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Neal Presa, Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, and 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Vocational Outreach, NBTS

Neal D. Presa is an associate professor and a vice president at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister, he served congregations in NJ and CA for two decades, and is the past Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012).  He is the author/(co-)editor of nine books, including the forthcomingWorship, Justice, and Joy: A Liturgical Pilgrimage (Cascade). For more info:
Rev. Mary Newbern-Williams, Transitional Presbyter for the Presbytery of New York City

The Rev. “Dr.” Mary Newbern-Williams is Honorably Retired from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (2020) and serves as the Transitional Presbyter for the Presbytery of New York City. In this capacity, she resources the Presbytery as it discerns next steps in ministry. She has served as a pastor, associate executive presbyter, and executive presbyter in the PCUSA around the nation.

She was a Delegate and Leader for the Women’s Pre-Conference Leader for the PCUSA in Accra, Ghana for the WARC (now WCRC) 24th General Assembly (2004); Commissioner to General Assembly for the PCUSA (2012); Delegation leader and mission research participant to the Democratic Republic of Congo; mission education participant to Kenya and Ghana; leader/participant in Guyana; mission participant with a delegation and preacher for a presbytery in Nicaragua; Continuing Education participant in Jordan, Switzerland, and France.

Mary is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University and Princeton Theological Seminary, (M.A. in Christian Education and the M. Div. in Theology and Pastoral Care}. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from a PCUSA college when she served the National Office in Higher Education for the Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Anna Jackson, Former NBTS Board of Trustees Moderator and Pastor of Second Reformed Church in Hackensack N.J.

Rev. Anna Melissa Jackson is a native New Yorker and the eldest child of immigrant parents who came to the U.S. from the Republic of Panama.  She has had a variety of work experiences over the years. She was a bookkeeper in her father’s accounting firm, a legislative aide in the New York State Assembly, and a vice president in the derivatives division of an investment bank. 

In the Reformed Church in America (RCA), Pastor Anna has served on the General Synod Council, as the Moderator of the Board of Trustees at New Brunswick Seminary, and on various commissions and task forces. She also represented the RCA as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Pastor Anna is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.  In 2000, she was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the RCA and has been serving in the pastorate ever since. She and her husband, Rev. Dwayne Jackson, have been co-pastors of Second Reformed Church since 2017.

Event Sponsored by:
Shared Ministries of Hope Inc./Warwick Hope Chest
Patrick McNealis Insurance
The Presbytery of Northeast NJ
The Regional Synod of New York


January 13
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains N.J.
529 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Pompton Plains, NJ United States
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