Church Staff

Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev. Jan Willem Van der Werff


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.”

Associate Pastor for Youth and Community Ministry: Rory Chambers

Rory Chambers comes to us from Melbourne, Australia. He’s spent many years in high school chaplaincy and camping ministries while also playing guitar in pubs, clubs, resorts and music halls. After three years in Manhattan as an at-home parent, Rory and his family moved to Princeton in 2017; he completed his Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Seminary in May 2020. He’s enthusiastic about community, food, woodworking, movies, and being fascinated by new hobbies and ideas. He’s married to Jenny who’s a Ph.D. chemist; their kids are Leah and Jude.


Church Office Administrator: Lori Appelget

Lori Appelget grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield in Delaware County, PA. Now, she and her family are members of Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church and run a Community Supported Agriculture Program at their farm in West Windsor. Previously, she worked as a Marketing Manager for ALK, a Trimble Co. in Princeton, and in a communication role at World Education Services in NYC. When she isn’t in the office, she is on adventures with her Girl Scout Troop, at her favorite coffee shop or in her flower garden!

Director of Music Ministries: Gail H. Lee


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: Dr. Martin Tel

martin_tel_4Martin 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.



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.

Custodian: Bill Gawroski

Bill M Gawroski III is owner operator of Just-N-Time service LLC offering commercial cleaning and landscaping services. You can find him working together with his wife Georgina and son Noah. Bill is subcontracted to do the cleaning for the First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck and the First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro. If you are interested in outdoor landscaping or commercial cleaning work his contact phone number is 609-672-4380 (text message is the best form of communication) or e-mail:, and let Bill know your needs and how he could help.

Maintenance Administrator: Carmine Cirillo

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Carmine.jpg In addition to keeping our buildings in shape, Carmine Cirillo is also the chief of the West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1, which is housed across the street.