Religions and Spirituality

Public Invited to Ordination and Installation of Westfield Resident Pastor Jane McCready

June 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

On Saturday, June 7, at noon Jane McCready will be ordained and installed as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at Faith Lutheran Church during a special service at the church, 524 South Street in New Providence, NJ. Pastor Jane will join Pastor Murdoch (Mac) MacPherson at Faith, who will also assist at the service.  Presiding at the service will be Bishop Tracie Bartholomew of the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA.  A reception will be held following the service at Franklin Nelson Hall located adjacent to the church. The public is welcome to attend both the service and reception.

Pastor Jane was called to serve by a vote of the congregation on March 16, 2014, and began her  ministry at Faith Lutheran on June 1st. Pastor Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in from Indiana University in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on May 20th, 2014. Prior to being called, Jane had worked at a non-profit arts organization and law firms in New York, NY and at McCarter & English in Newark, NJ. Pastor Jane has been a resident of Westfield, NJ since 1994 where she has been active in her children’s schools and a leader in the Girl Scouts. She is married to Gary McCready and they are parents of Benjamin, Madeline and Charlie.

Pastor Jane has been a member of Faith Lutheran since 1996 where she has been an Assisting Minister, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School Teacher, and Sanctuary Choir member and soloist.  She has coordinated the Broadway House AIDS ministry and volunteers since its inception; has traveled to Tennessee with the Appalachian Ministry Team for several years; has served on a Call Committee, Christian Education Committee, Church Council, Worship & Music Committee, and the Confirmation Retreat Planning Task Force. She coordinated and chaperoned Faith’s delegation to the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, was the Summer Program Coordinator and the Youth & Family Ministry Committee Co-chair.

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Faith Lutheran Church is an ELCA congregation that has been worshiping in New Providence, NJ since 1961 and is a member of the NJ Synod of the ELCA. The synod has 184 congregations in the state,  one of 65 ELCA Synods in the nation, a denomination with about 9,500 congregations and a total membership of about 4 million. Faith Lutheran conducts two worship services every Sunday at 8:30 and 11am during the year, changing to 8am and 9:30am for the summer. All are welcome to attend. Please visit the website at www.famfaith.org for directions and more information about the congregation.

Contact Information:

Pastor Jane McCready: 908-464-5177

Pastor Murdoch (Mac) MacPherson: 908-464-5177

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