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Jay Rowland

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Pastor Jay was ordained in the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1998 and his first call was as a solo pastor at Norriton Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of Philadelphia. In 2001 he was called by First Presbyterian Church in Rochester Minnesota as associate pastor where he served for the next 22 years. Pastor Jay earned his BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and worked in TV in local news at WCCO-TV and production at Cable Value Network both in Minneapolis. Jay moved to Los Angeles where he joined Paramount Pictures then Universal Pictures as aTV programming analyst. Jay earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998. Jay and his wife Kari celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last year. They have four adult children. Pastor Jay has a deep reverence and love for worship and preaching, pastoral care and faith information. Jay feels strongly that the church's north star is the movement of Jesus in the gospels: as Jesus loved, served and cared for all people, especially the most vulnerable and oppressed, Jay believes, the church must strive to be a place where any person can experience the acceptance, love and care of God.

Parish Associate Pastor

Rev. Howard Newman

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Rev. Dr. Howard A. Newman grew up as a Presbyterian in suburban Philadelphia. He was graduated from Maryville (Tennessee) College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Several years later, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. During his pastoral career, he served congregations in Ohio (2), Maryland (2), Pennsylvania (2), and Virginia (1), as either Head of Staff or as a Solo Pastor. Following retirement in 2012, he has served First Presbyterian Church of Wildwood as Parish Associate and, more recently, as one of the Interim Co-Pastors. He is happily married to his wife of 50+ years, Marilyn. They have three children and seven grandchildren. He and Marilyn live locally in the Village of Woodbury and spend their summer months in Marriottsville, Maryland.

Music Director

Connie Emery


Eunice Mosier


Cheryl Higgins