The Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton, a native of Toms River, New Jersey, has served as pastor since 1990. Before coming to Point Pleasant, he served as Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He was first ordained as Assistant Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River. Dr. Wilton holds the B.A. in Philosophy from Washington College, Maryland, the M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and the M.Phil. and the Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is an adjunct professor at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, teaching in the area of Presbyterian Studies, and is also Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Monmouth. Dr. Wilton is married to the Rev. Claire Pula, a Presbyterian minister who is Bereavement Coordinator at Meridian Hospice; they have two children, Benjamin and Ania. He writes a blog, “A Pastor’s Cancer Diary,” documenting his ongoing experience as a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor. You can visit his blog at: http://www.cewilton.blogspot.com
The Rev. Linda Chase is serving as part-time Associate Pastor on an interim basis. Linda is officially retired after more than 30 years of ministry, but remains active at PPPC, performing a broad range of pastoral duties. Linda holds the M.Div. degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her husband, the Rev. Douglas Chase, is pastor of the Brick Presbyterian church.
William R. Shoppell, Jr., a music educator and choral conductor known throughout central New Jersey, is director of the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir. He served for many years as a music teacher and senior arts administrator with the Freehold Regional School District.
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.
Rebecca Muraglia, who teaches performing arts at Point Pleasant Boro High School, is interim director of the Dove Choir, our children’s choir.
Tricia Stoffers is Sunday Church School Coordinator. Tricia leads the Church School and equips our many volunteer teachers and helpers to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our youngest members.
Courtney Rzeplinski is Coordinator of Youth Ministries. In that role, she trains and works closely with the volunteer advisors who lead our Junior High and Senior High Youth Connection programs.
Courtney, who holds the B.A. degree from Rutgers University, is a daughter of our church. She is pleased to be able to continue serving the Lord in her home church.
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 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.
Dee D’Amore serves as bookkeeper for our Volunteer Village – the short-term housing facility in the Great Hall of the Education Annex, providing hospitality to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance volunteer work groups who come to the Jersey Shore to help local homeowners rebuild, following Hurricane Sandy.