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Rev. Eliza Cramer Jaremko, Pastor

ImagePastor Eliza 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). Pastor 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

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Mike grew up in the South Jersey area where he first discovered his love of music.  He came to First Pres in January of 2014 as the Interim Organist and, due to the great church community, decided to accept a permanent role!  He’s been delighted by the talents and friendships that he’s watched blossom over his time at First Pres.  Mike lives in nearby Laurel Springs with his girlfriend, Molly, and their pets: Bennett and Chistosa.  If you’d like to share your musical talents with the congregation and need accompaniment, please let Mike know!

Polly Mitchell, Church School Coordinator

P_headPolly Mitchell came to First Pres in March 2015 when a neighbor invited her to church.  She lives in Haddon Hts. with her 2-legged daughter Colby (25) and 4-legged daughter Ava (4). She loves to cook and to garden.  Polly sings in the choir and chairs the Outreach Committee. In her role as Sunday School Coordinator, she schedules teachers for grades Pre-K-Teens. If you’re interested in teaching, please reach out to Polly!