Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Jennifer Newell joined our staff in 2007 as Director of Family and Children's Ministries. In 2013, she was hired as the church's primary pastor.
Jen has a degree in Economics from UT Chattanooga and completed the requirements for ordination though the PAS program. She serves on the Cleveland Homeless Task Force and on the Board of Directors for The Refuge.
In her spare time, Jen enjoys CFC soccer games, thrift store shopping, photography, writing, and cooking/eating breakfast of all kinds: bacon, gravy biscuits, french toast, bagels, frittatas, granola: it's all good! She and her husband Chuck are parents to Ellie, Evan, and Zoe.
Josiah Liljekvist joined our staff in May of 2021 as a part-time youth director and has recently been hired on as a full-time Director of Family Ministries in October of the same year.
Josiah has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Youth Ministry from Lee University and is currently studying for a Graduate Degree in Ministry Leadership also from Lee University. He is expected to graduate with this degree in December of 2023.
In Josiah's spare time, he enjoys all things outdoors, cooking, longboarding, board games, and video games. Josiah is married to Courtney, who has a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently a practicing in-home therapist.
Church Staff and Leadership
Administrative Assistant: Andrea Woodworth
Sexton: Marvin Stidam
Choir Director: Kathy Morelock
Organist/Pianist: Robbie Cody
Organist: Paula Griffith
Children's Music: Mindy Steele
Clerk of Session: Krystal Miller
Church Treasurer: Lukas Salyer
Church Session: Pam Hines, Joshua Johnson, Krystal Miller, Moe McCormack, Ashlan Morelock, Tommy Newman, Lukas Salyer, Amy Slifko, Rex Wallis, Steve Wright
Session Moderator: Rev. Courtney Krueger
"Presbyterian" describes a form of church government where decisions are made by elected representatives. Those representatives are called "elders," but they aren't necessarily old! Elders can be any age, and leadership positions are open to women as well as to men.
Our elders serve three-year terms on the ruling body, which is called the Session. The Session meets once a month to do church business, and our ruling elders help with pastoral responsibilities as well.
Churches within a particular geographical area are organized into Presbyteries. All ministers plus elected elder representatives from each congregation meet twice a year to do Presbytery business, which includes work on shared ministries and mission efforts, oversight of pastors and candidates for ministry, and assistance for churches who are in need.