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Our Staff

We are blessed with an incredible staff who bring their gifts and talents in service to God and to our Church family.  If you would like to contact any members of our staff, please reach out to our office at info.fpchh@gmail.com or 856-547-6139. 

Rev. Eliza Cramer Jaremko

Pastor


 

Pastor Eliza has served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Haddon Heights since November 2011. She previously served as the Associate Pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church (now Crossroads Church) in San Antonio, TX. Eliza, a native of Zelionople, Pennsylvania, is a lifelong Presbyterian. She was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacament in a joint service with her father, Rev. R. Stephen Cramer at their homechurch in 2008. 

Eliza currently serves a co-chair of West Jersey Presbytery's Vital Congregations Initiative.

She is a graduate of the College of Wooster (BA in English). She earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2008. 

Eliza lives in Haddon Heights with her husband, Kyle, and their children, Susannah and Simon. They enjoy days down the shore, exploring museums and National Parks, and cheering on their favorite baseball teams. 

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Pastor Eliza has served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Haddon Heights since November 2011. She previously served as the Associate Pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church (now Crossroads Church) in San Antonio, TX. Eliza, a native of Zelionople, Pennsylvania, is a lifelong Presbyterian. She was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacament in a joint service with her father, Rev. R. Stephen Cramer at their homechurch in 2008. 

Eliza currently serves a co-chair of West Jersey Presbytery's Vital Congregations Initiative.

She is a graduate of the College of Wooster (BA in English). She earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2008. 

Eliza lives in Haddon Heights with her husband, Kyle, and their children, Susannah and Simon. They enjoy days down the shore, exploring museums and National Parks, and cheering on their favorite baseball teams. 

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Karen Mercer

Director of Music

Karen has been with First Presbyterian Church for 14 years. She directs the Chancel Choir, the Calvin Choir (Elementary-aged children), and the Covenant (Bell) Choir. A member of the Roman Catholic church, Karen directs musical activities at Guardian Angel School in Paulsboro and also directs the Woodbridge Community Choir in central New Jersey.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she holds an undergraduate degree in music from Immaculata College and is currently pursuing her master's degree in choral conducting from Simpson College in Iowa.

She is the mother of three adult children: Marissa, Matthew, and Michael.



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Karen has been with First Presbyterian Church for 14 years. She directs the Chancel Choir, the Calvin Choir (Elementary-aged children), and the Covenant (Bell) Choir. A member of the Roman Catholic church, Karen directs musical activities at Guardian Angel School in Paulsboro and also directs the Woodbridge Community Choir in central New Jersey.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she holds an undergraduate degree in music from Immaculata College and is currently pursuing her master's degree in choral conducting from Simpson College in Iowa.

She is the mother of three adult children: Marissa, Matthew, and Michael.



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Michael Rugge

Organist and Pianist

Mike has served as Church Organist and Pianist since 2014. A graduate of Rutgers University, he currrently works as a supply planner for Campbell Meals and Beverage. He and his wife Molly were recently married at First Pres! They share their house in Laurel Springs with their pets, Bennett and Chistosa.

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Mike has served as Church Organist and Pianist since 2014. A graduate of Rutgers University, he currrently works as a supply planner for Campbell Meals and Beverage. He and his wife Molly were recently married at First Pres! They share their house in Laurel Springs with their pets, Bennett and Chistosa.

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Mary Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Mary started at First Presbyterian Church in March of 2020 and has been slowly introduced into her new “normal” by way of a pandemic.  She is a native of Wisconsin, an avid Packers fan, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Dallas, which she uses quite rarely.  

She lives in Collingswood, NJ with her husband and three children:  Matthew, Michael, and Sarah.  They are active members of the First Baptist Church of Collingswood and love scuba diving, family game nights, and a competitive NFL season. 

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Mary started at First Presbyterian Church in March of 2020 and has been slowly introduced into her new “normal” by way of a pandemic.  She is a native of Wisconsin, an avid Packers fan, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Dallas, which she uses quite rarely.  

She lives in Collingswood, NJ with her husband and three children:  Matthew, Michael, and Sarah.  They are active members of the First Baptist Church of Collingswood and love scuba diving, family game nights, and a competitive NFL season. 

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Cara Blair

Sunday School Coordinator

Cara is a second generation church member (her mom, Margie Kent, currently serves on Session). After teaching elementary school for several years, Cara became a full-time mom. She has three boys. Her husband, Michael, is a pediatrician. Cara hosts virtual Sunday School every week on our "First Presbyterian Pals" Facebook Group for kids in grades Pre-K through Senior High.

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Cara is a second generation church member (her mom, Margie Kent, currently serves on Session). After teaching elementary school for several years, Cara became a full-time mom. She has three boys. Her husband, Michael, is a pediatrician. Cara hosts virtual Sunday School every week on our "First Presbyterian Pals" Facebook Group for kids in grades Pre-K through Senior High.

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Lila Mahaffy and Emma Whitman

Nursery Staff

Lila and Emma are both high school students who love children of all ages. They are certified in first aid and CPR, and dedicate their Sunday mornings to caring for our litte ones in the nursery during our Worship services.   

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Lila and Emma are both high school students who love children of all ages. They are certified in first aid and CPR, and dedicate their Sunday mornings to caring for our litte ones in the nursery during our Worship services.   

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