Rev. Eliza Cramer Jaremko, Pastor

ImageEliza began her ministry at First Presbyterian Church in 2011. A native of Zelienople, Pennsylvania and a life-long Presbyterian, Eliza attended the College of Wooster in Ohio, where she majored in English. After graduation, she worked as a writing tutor before answering God’s call to the ministry. She attended Princeton Theological Seminary. On September 6, 2008, she and her father (Rev. R. Stephen Cramer) were blessed to be ordained as Ministers of Word and Sacrament together at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Zelienople, PA. After Seminary, Eliza headed west to assume the position of Associate Pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX. In 2011, God (and FPCHH) brought her (joyfully) back to the great state of New Jersey to serve First Presbyterian Church “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14). Eliza lives in Haddon Heights with her husband Kyle and their daughter, Susannah.

Karen Mercer, Music Director

FirstPresbkaren12Karen, a native of Massachusetts, joined us after directing youth and adult choirs in her home state. Karen oversees all Musical Programs at FPCHH. She directs our Chancel Choir, Calvin Choir, and the Covenant Ringers, and oversees the Praise Band and Cherub Choir.  She recently completed her degree in music education at Immaculata University and teaches at the Settlement Music School, the Urban Promise Academy, and Guardian Angel School. She has three children. Her daughter, Marissa, is a singer and a percussionist.

Patti Schill, Administrative Assistant

FirstPresbStaffPatti-Website-PicPatti, from neighboring Audubon, brings to her job experience in Office Administration, Human Resources, Marketing and Social Media . She is our Office Manager and is responsible for Church Publications. Please call or e-mail her with any church news, family events, and contributions to either the bulletin or the newsletter.

Michael Rugge, Organist and Pianist

FirstPresbRugge_4x6-200x300Mike served as our Interim Organist while we were searching for a permanent organist. As Mike’s talents and dedication grew with each passing week, the search committee knew that Mike was meant to be our organist, and so did he! We are enjoying Mike’s musical leadership as he complements our amazing choirs.

Polly Mitchell, Church School Coordinator

P_headPolly Mitchell comes to First Pres from NE Penna. and from the Episcopal Church. She works at Girard College as Communication Director, lives in Haddon Hts. with her 2-legged daughter Colby (23) and 4-legged daughter Ava (2). She loves to cook and to garden.  Polly sings in the choir and chairs the Membership Committee for Session. In her role as Church School Coordinator, she schedules teachers for grades Pre-K-Teens. If you interested in teaching, please reach out to Polly!