Church Staff

Pastor: Rev. Jan Willem Van der Werff

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Jan Willem (pronounced “yahn villem”) was born, raised, and educated in the Netherlands. He has been living in the United States since 1996 with his wife AnneMarie Luijendijk, a professor of religion at Princeton University. They have four children, Kees, Erik, Annabel and Rosemarie.

Prior to coming to Dutch Neck he served Covenant Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ, and as an interim at Boehm’s United Church of Christ in Blue Bell, PA. Before that, he was pastor of the Allin Congregational Church (UCC) in Dedham, Mass, and Montvale Congregational Church (UCC) in Woburn, Mass. He also has served as a port chaplain for Seafarer’s Friend in Boston, a religious reporter for Dutch Public Radio, and Public Relations Manager for the Amsterdam Council of Churches. Rev. van der Werff thrives on being in ministry together at Dutch Neck to explore the Vision Statement “to be a dynamic, interactive, innovative church.”

pastor@dutchneckpresbyterian.com

 

Youth Pastor: Don Van Antwerpen, M.S.Ed, M.Div.

DVA Profile Photo 2Don is a native of nowhere in particular, having been raised in west Michigan, where he graduated from high school in 2002. After that, he received a Bachelor of Science in Japanese from Hope College. Then, inexplicably, he married his amazing wife Akiko, and moved to Tokyo, where he served as a missionary until 2013. While there, he received a Master of Science in Education from Temple University, after which they moved to Princeton to pursue a Master of Divinity, which he completed in May of 2016. Don has worked with a variety of youth programs, missional programs, and other church programs, events and organizations, over his 20 years of church service, and is incredibly excited to work with the youth at Dutch Neck!

youth@dutchneckpresbyterian.com

 

 

Church Office Administrator: Julie Erkel Hagee

admin@dutchneckpresbyterian.com

 

Director of Music Ministries: Gail H. Lee

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Gail came to Dutch Neck Church as Director of Music Ministries in 2001.

Gail’s passion to bring live classical music to central New Jersey was realized in 2008 when she founded Sinfonietta Nova. Now in her eighth season as artistic director and conductor, her ideas of presenting not only audience favorites, but also lesser-known musical gems, new works, and educational components have met with critical acclaim and audience delight. Passionate about making classical music accessible to all, her “thoughtful and imaginative programming” has won her applause from musicians and concertgoers alike.

Upon returning to the United States from her post as associate conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Gail was appointed assistant professor at Alfred University where she also served as conductor of the Alfred University Orchestra, a position she held before returning to New Jersey. She has since been a lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and conducted the Rutgers University Sinfonia and Opera at Rutgers. In the fall of 2015, Gail starts teaching at Cairn University, where she also serves as conductor of the university symphony orchestra.

Gail holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Maestro Victor Yampolsky.

 

Organist: Martin Tel
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Martin Tel, Dutch Neck’s organist, is also Princeton Theological Seminary’s C.F. Seabrook Director of Music. He earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a D.M.A. from the University of Kansas. Martin is interested in congregational singing and the Psalter.

organist@dutchneckpresbyterian.com

 

 

Children’s and Youth Choir Director: Amy & Dr. Ken Carter

Having previously led the Children’s Choirs of Dutch Neck Presbyterian together from 1996 through 2004, then from 2008 through 2011, husband and wife team Ken and Amy Carter are happy to be engaged once again in this joyful ministry with our critically important youngest worshipers. Both 1997 graduates of nearby Westminster Choir College, Amy has been a vocal music teacher ever since, serving first in the Pennsbury School District (PA) and, since 2007, in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, currently at Wicoff Elementary. She earned Kodály Certification, completing all four levels at Westminster, and subsequently earned the M.M.E. with Kodály Emphasis from Capital University. After earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in music from Rutgers University, Ken held faculty positions at Rutgers, Westminster Choir College, the American Boychoir School, and Arts High School in Newark. Since 2012, he is the Choral Director at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. A published composer, much of Ken’s work focuses on choral music for children’s and high school choirs. Both Amy and Ken are active members of and the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and both have been featured presenters/clinicians at regional workshops and national conferences. Amy has served as President of the New Jersey chapter (KNJ) and on the OAKE National Board both as Eastern Regional Representative and as Eastern Division President, and Ken was the inaugural recipient of OAKE’s annual Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize in 2011. Amy and Ken live in West Windsor with their three sons, Jack, Will, and Luke.

 

Sexton: Bill Gawroski

Maintenance Administrator: Carmine Cirullo