Rev. Dr. Cliff Jones, Senior Pastor
Cliff is Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s. You might say his ministry experience has now come back to the start. Cliff went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, where he discovered the reality of Jesus Christ and within a few years made the choice to engage in pastoral ministry. After a stop in the Boston area for seminary at Gordon-Conwell theological seminary, he moved with Lucy, his wife, to Dallas, Pennsylvania, just outside Wilkes-Barre, to begin ministry. Three children later (Amy, Craig, and Laura), “they packed up their bags and moved to” – El Paso, Texas! There they started a new church. Cliff also went back to school; he says that he had figured out the questions for ministry and now needed answers. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Then, the circle began bending back towards the East Coast with the next move to Kansas City. The children graduated and headed off to college. Now, one lives in Richmond, with her husband and family, another lives in Philadelphia and the third with his wife and family also in Philadelphia. With Cliff and Lucy’s move to New Jersey, just across the river from Philadelphia, they’re back where they started from. Cliff is glad to be here, exploring historical sites taking advantage of the many learning opportunities that the area offers and grateful for the ministry God has given him.
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Matt Williams, Pastoral Assistant
Matt has been an active worker in gospel ministry and in Christian education since he became a Christian in 1988. He has a B.A. in Bible from Columbia Bible College, and a M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he also completed doctoral course work in Apologetics. He has previously served First Presbyterian Church in Salem for five years as a full-time Youth Director, and has ten years of experience in administration and teaching in classical Christian schools. Matt is the Principal of Trinity Preparatory School, which currently meets here at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. His wife, Chanda, and he have been married for 20 years, and they have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Charis and Ana.
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Melissa Shinn, Administrative Assistant
Melissa is the Administrative Assistant for St. Paul’s. She is originally from Northeast Philadelphia. Eighteen years ago she moved to New Jersey and has lived with her family in Laurel Springs for the past sixteen years. Her husband, Matt, is from Stratford, so Laurel Springs was the perfect place to settle and start their family.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and her son, John. She enjoys traveling to new places with her family and meeting new people. When asked what she likes most about St. Paul's, she responded by saying, "I love the family atmosphere at St. Paul's. Everyone has made me feel welcome!"
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Steve Kwiatkowski, Director of Music
For the past eight years, Steve has served in the music ministry of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. First as our organist and more recently as our Music Director. Steve has served in ministry for sixteen years, both in music and pastoral. Steve resides in Clementon, NJ and is a big part of our church family here at St. Paul’s.