Marianne Rhebergen arrived at the Lawrence Road Church in mid-February 2020 to serve as its intentional Interim Pastor. She is a native of northern New Jersey, and lives with her husband (also a Presbyterian minister) in Hopewell Borough. They have three grown daughters who live in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Hopewell.
Pastor Rhebergen was ordained in 1979, the first woman in her family to enter the ministry. Over that period she has pastored churches of a variety of sizes and settings in CT, NY, NJ, PA, and Illinois, as well as served as executive staff for four presbyteries. In addition, in 2002 she earned a Ph.D. in American Church History and Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Marianne grew up in a Dutch Reformed family (cousin to the Presbyterians) and loves to lead worship, sing, read, work with children, visit with and hear the stories of members. She is passionate about helping congregations understand God's call to them in the 21st century, and looks forward to walking and serving with Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church over the months ahead.
Judy Gilbert has been the director of the LRPCNS for 24 years. She received her BA in English from Glassboro State College in 1978. Judy started as a teacher while her youngest child, Sarah, was a student at the school. Sarah is now at Rutgers University studying in the Master of Social Work program. In addition to Sarah she has a daughter, Juliann, who is an elementary special education teacher in Lakewood, NJ. Juliann will be getting married to her fiancé Pat, in June 2019. Another daughter, Lauren, is a guidance counselor in Manasquan, NJ. She is married to Sean and they have two beautiful children, Heath and Mae. Judy has been married to Michael for 39 years and has resided in Lawrenceville for all those years. Michael, a former high school principal, is currently an adjunct professor. Judy’s philosophy is to develop the whole child propelling students toward a healthy start to their academic life. Her time leading LRPCNS has been a most fulfilling experience. She is thankful for skillful and nurturing teachers, and the families who have come through the school making it the wonderful place of learning it is today.
Paula Rainey is a certified ESL teacher, and a national certified counselor. Paula has a bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from The College of New Jersey. While volunteering at The English School, Paula earned her ESL teaching certificate from The College of New Jersey. She also has taught classes and served as the Wednesday Night Conversation Coordinator. During the day, Paula works at The College of New Jersey as professional services specialist in the R. Barbara Gitenstein Library. She has over 15 years working in the higher education field.
Margaret was born in Albany, GA where she lived until the age of 11. Her family moved to New Jersey in 1980. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in “Law and Justice” from The College of New Jersey. She worked as a Licensed New Jersey State Real Estate Appraiser, Office Manager for a chiropractic practice, and administrative assistant for the Purchasing Department of Bristol Myers Squibb. She was married to her husband Dave at Lawrence Road Church in 1996 and they have two wonderful children – David and Amelia. She has served as the church administrator at the Lawrence Road Church since 2004 and really enjoys her job and working with the wonderful people of this congregation.
Alongside her work directing the music ministries at the Lawrence Road Church, Amy Glennon Watt serves as the Educational Director at the New School for Music Study, Kingston, New Jersey. She is a certified member of the College of Examiners (Royal Conservatory of Music) and former faculty of Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI and Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Amy is the co-author of the Side by Side series, distributed by Alfred Publishing. She has presented at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers National Association Conference, and locally at area piano teachers’ groups. Her articles on piano teaching have appeared in Clavier Companion and pianopedagogy.org