We are always looking for people
interested in joining our community.

Cynthia Ritter Parker
She earned her undergraduate degree from Hanover College, a Presbyterian school not far from the Presbyterian Church, USA headquarters. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994 with her M. Div. She served as a Deacon at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, a Youth Director at the Presbyterian Church of Pluckemin in Elizabeth Presbytery and a member of the Session of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. Now, with gratitude and joy, she is the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Englishtown. Her specialty and passion are helping small churches grow stronger.

Ministry Telephone: 732-446-9506
Pastor: Cynthia Ritter Parker
Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00AM – 2:00PM

A deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. (Book of Order G6.0401-02).

CONTACT:Vera Musser


Our deacons take care of bereavement luncheons, meals for convalescents, Easter and Christmas flowers, sending cards, visiting, calling, holiday baskets/food gift cards and college care packages. The deacons also take Communion to our homebound members and reach out to members absent from worship. Our Daily Bread devotionals are provided by the deacons. The Samaritan Center food pantry for the Manalapan-Englishtown area is supported financially from our deacon offerings. The deacons caring ministries depend on the help of the congregation.

Elizabeth Atwater

Faye Brandt
Birthday / Anniversary cards

Mary Ganczarski
Treasurer, Flowers

Kathleen Glovich
Bereavement luncheons / convalescent

Nida Haddad
Holiday Baskets / Gift Cards, Bake Sale

Vera Musser
Moderator, Contact absent members

Craig Atwater
Craig has been our organist since 1987, and has led both adult and junior choirs. He enjoys playing our venerable over 100-year old tracker organ. He has attended a program for part-time church musicians offered at Westminster Choir College. At Englishtown, he has directed both adult and junior choirs.

Craig graduated from Cornell University and worked as a financial analyst from 1959 to 1996.A pianist long before he learned to play the organ, he played in a Dixieland band in his fraternity at Cornell, played glockenspiel in an Army band, and played in several jazz combos. Since 2003, Elizabeth and Craig have lived in a adult community (The Ponds) in Monroe Township. they formerly lived in Manalapan from 1966 to 2003. Craig plays for sing-a-longs at two care centers in Monroe and plays in a big band with other seniors. At The Ponds, they are both active in its choral group, Elizabeth as singer and director, Craig as pianist.

Ministry Team

Judi Thompson
Christian Education

Roy Hoppock

Barbara Blue

George McLaughlin

Robert Musser

Mimie Cook

Barbara Kwaak
Building & Grounds

Rev. Cynthia Ritter Parker

Susan Ralph
Clerk / Membership / Personnel

Lillian Patrick
Prayer Chain