Meet Our Staff

The Rev. Osvaldo D. Nüesch (Pastor Osy)

Intentional Interim Minister

Osvaldo D. Nüesch was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina into a Swiss family. His spiritual formation took place in The Salvation Army, and continued when he came to the USA in 1975 and after the appropriate preparation becoming involved in full time ministry for ten years. The transition to the Reformed Tradition was formalized while a student at Princeton Theological Seminary from where he graduated in 1993. After Seminary, Osy was the Music Director and Organist at Cary Presbyterian Church and also directed a Community Music School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was ordained and installed as Pastor of Bensalem Presbyterian Church in 1998 (lower Bucks County, part of the Presbytery of Philadelphia), a congregation he served for over 10 years. In 2008, Pastor Osy accepted a call to serve as the pastor of Six Mile Run Reformed Church, a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, located in Somerset County. He concluded his service there in June so that he may utilize the skills he has acquired in three decades of ministry and as a member of the Interim Ministry Network. Pastor Osy is delighted to commence his intentional interim phase of ministry at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.

Pastor Osy has been married to Juli (also a naturalized citizen originally from England) since 1980. Juli is a Human Resources professional in a multi-national company which requires regular travel. Her US office is in Plainsboro, NJ.

Pastor Osy and Juli have two adult children, Son Christopher is married to Erin and they both work in Manhattan and live in Jersey City. Their daughter Carolyn is married to Jeremy. They live with their two children Johannah (3 ½) and John Mark (19 months) in Amarillo Texas.

In his spare time, Pastor Osy likes to play the piano and the cornet, read works of fiction, walk their Golden Retriever pup, and travel with his wife.

Melanie Chambers

Chancel Choir Director
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Melanie Chambers holds a Bachelor of Arts (BM) in Music Education with Vocal Concentration from Rutgers University – Mason Gross School of the Arts (May 2016), where she was in the Dean’s List every year, acknowledged as a Rutgers Trustee Scholar (2012-2016) and recognized as a National Merit Scholar from 2011 to 2016. Since August 2016 she has been the Choral Director for Highland Park High School and Middle School, where she directs all choral activities including responsibilities for the music for the Spring musical. From 2014 to 2016 she served as the Music Coordinator for the Livingston Theater Company and since 2016 she has been the Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Chamber Singers.

Melanie has freelanced as a soprano section member and soloist for different churches and ensembles for the last several years. She has also sung with our choir on several occasions, including being featured as a soloist in a presentation of Handel’s Messiah and, just this month, at the service honoring our past Choir Director William R. Shoppell, Jr.

Sara B. Hoey

Organist

Sara B. Hoey is our organist. She is a retired Spanish teacher from Point Pleasant Boro High School, and is not only active in the American Guild of Organists, but, is Dean of the Ocean County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Sara brings a standard of excellence to her musical accompaniment that is appreciated by all.

Morgan Sarbello

Handbell Choir Director
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Morgan Sarbello volunteers as our Handbell Choir Director.

William R. Shoppell, Jr.

Director of Music Emeritus
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Thirty six years ago, in 1982, a woman named Muriel Smith approached me and asked if I would be interested in becoming the choir director at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Since I had not heard of the church, I asked to hear the choir prior to my making a decision. Under the expert leadership of the retiring director, Loren Donley, the choir sang well and I accepted the position.

At one point during my tenure, we seriously discussed expanding the choir loft as there were 45 members in the group! For several years members of the choir sang in the annual Ocean Grove Choir Festival. In 1994 the choir sang in various venues during a tour of England, Scotland and Wales. In 1997 the choir sang again during a European tour of Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. In the course of the liturgical year the choir has not only sung for worship services but has learned and presented major inspirational works such as the Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio, Rutter’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.

During my 35 year tenure at PPPC the bell choir had several different conductors and in 1999 I took over the leadership of that group as well. In addition to the bell choir playing during worship, the group also participated for many years in the annual Toms River Bell Festival.

Although I had not officially become a member of any church since my confirmation in St. John’s German Lutheran Church in Reading, PA, I felt that my church family at PPPC had become such an integral part of my life that I wanted to become an official member. So in 1994 I became an active member of the PPPC congregation as well as its employee.

The Chancel Choir and the Choral Bells have not been simply music work; each and every member past and present became social friends as well as singing friends. One choir member, in particular, became such a close friend, that I married her! On January 3, 2018 Pat and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.

And then, there’s Sara. We were hired as a team…she to play the organ and I to conduct. I affectionately call her my “church wife”. She has done double duty so often when I have had surgery or become ill and I am so very grateful. As the choir moves forward under new leadership, Sara will be the link that holds the past and the present together.

Finally, to the church leaders, Pastors Chittick, Twigg, Wilton, Lostetter and Chase and especially to the congregation, I extend my thanks for your 35 years of support. Your acknowledgment of the music program, your financial support and your prayers have upheld me and the choirs. I am thankful and blessed.

William R. Shoppell, Jr.

Alissa Pazienza

Director of Youth Ministries
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Alissa Pazienza grew up in our church. She spent five summers as a counselor at Johnsonburg Camp & Retreat Center which was established to provide experiential Christian education in support of the Presbyterian Church in New Jersey. After Johnsonburg, Alissa was a lead scientist/camp counselor at New Logic Marine Science Camp. She graduated from Stockton University with a BS in Marine Science in 2018.

Frank Perkowski

Sunday School Coordinator
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Frank Perkowski is a retired elementary school teacher/principal who volunteers as Sunday School Coordinator.

Kim Gaydos

Church Secretary

Kim Gaydos serves as Church Secretary.  This is the first person many mid-week visitors to the church encounter during the week. Kim handles the complex support services for all the ministries of the church, and directs members and visitors alike to the places they may have their spiritual needs met and realize their own gifts for ministry.

Donna Ferry

Financial Secretary

Donna Ferry  grew up in the church, is our Financial Secretary.  Donna very ably keeps records of contributions, issues giving statements and works with our Church Treasurer and Finance Team to manage the church’s funds.