Rev. Dr. Robert Higgs
Rev.Dr. Robert Higgs (please call him Bob) comes from Pittsburgh and remains an ardent Steelers fan. He was ordained in the PCUSA in 1994, serving a variety of congregations in Southern Africa, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Rev. Wanda Sevey
Rev. Wanda Sevey served congregations in Washington State, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before becoming a licensed couple and family therapist. She now teaches Ethics and Diversity to future therapists, preaches on weekends and sees couples and families in her offices in the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church and in Voorhees, NJ.
Rev. John D. Fordyce
Following a call to ministry during a Billy Graham Crusade in New York City as he was attending the City College of New York, Rev. John D. Fordyce changed his major and prepared to enter Seminary at Princeton. After ordination, he came to West Jersey Presbytery where he would serve two churches over the next 41 years. His second call, to First Presbyterian Church in Vineland, lasted from 1983 until his retirement in 2016. He served many years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, several as its chair, as well as other committees when requested. He has served a number of years on the Presbytery's Council and as Presbytery Moderator. For twenty years he was involved at Camp Johnsonburg as counselor in the counselor training program, Board member, and Board President. He continues to teach ethics and philosophy at Cumberland County College, beginning his 19th year there just two weeks ago. John may be retired, but he is not inactive.
Rev. Wendy Boer
The Rev. Wendy B. Boer will celebrate the 44th anniversary of her ordination this year and she has been a member of our presbytery that entire time. She currently serves the Presbytery as the Stated Clerk. She recently retired from her role as a Chaplain at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly. She has previously served as pastor of the Gloucester City, Janvier (Franklinville) and Westminster Camden Churches and as the missioner at the Echelon Mall Ministry. She and her husband, Rick, live in Mt. Laurel. In her spare time, she grows orchids and reads mysteries. Lately they have been travelling several times a year to Seattle to visit their young granddaughters.
Rev. Daniel Pure
Rev. Daniel Pure is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and a member in good standing of the West Jersey Presbytery. He received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970 after dedicating his life to Jesus Christ in the summer of 1967.
For the better part of his 46-year career, Dan has helped churches throughout Southern New Jersey develop mission studies and set corporate goals. He has served on the West Jersey Presbytery's Committee on Ministry, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Consultation, working with churches and pastors in significant conflict. He has served as pulpit supply for a number of churches in the West Jersey Presbytery and as chaplain to psychiatric clients at Camden County Health Services Center. For the last ten years, Dan served as the pulpit supply for the Clayton First Presbyterian Church. These were ten very happy years that saw significant church growth for that church in the face of unexpected challenges and a few tragedies along the way.
Dan received his Group Process, Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Sensitivity Training with Laboratory Trainers/Consultants Network under the auspices of Princeton Theological Seminary. He has consulted with churches, small businesses, banks, and volunteer organizations. His expertise includes pastoral counseling,
goal- setting, time management, conflict management, educational design, leadership training, creating personal and corporate mission statements, and developing effective, working committees.
For almost his entire life, Dan has had an abiding interest in the healing arts. For over 20 years, Dan has taught complementary alternative medicine throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a result of this work, he has
developed a unique, holistic approach to organizational development, conflict management, and energy focus in group process.
Dan also enjoys teaching Christian-based meditation as an Adult Bible study offering, and for the last two years as an extension of this work, has been conducting meditation classes with brain-injured patients at Independence Rehab in Cherry Hill.
Besides his first love of preaching, Dan’s passion is playwriting and comedy improv. He has written a number of one-act liturgical dramas as well as a well-received two-act musical comedy that raised money for Caring Hearts Ministry.
Dan’s hobbies include modifying tubed hi-fi gear and music listening, as well as occasional scale military modeling. He is a devout Eagles fan as well as a First Generation Star Wars devotee!
Dan was Honorably Retired as of June 30, 2016
Rev. Dr. James H. Kraft
Rev. Dr. James H. Kraft, MDiv, ThM, D.Min served as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Holly from 1972-2003. That church was known for its mission in the community, It served the community by establishing: a lay pastoral counseling service, a congregate living facility for 50 senior adults, 13 rental housing units for low income people, a soup kitchen, a Mall Ministry, and a caring center for food and clothing distribution. Rev. Kraft served the county through membership on the Freeholder’s Human Services Advisory Committee, and the Local Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He also served on the Bio-Ethics Committee of Virtua Hospital. He has twice been President of the Mount Holly Clergy Association, and twice served as Moderator of Monmouth Presbytery. From 2004-2007, he was Pastor of the International Church, Karachi, Pakistan, and from 2007 to 2015, Pastor of Serving and Sending, and Interim Pastor at Faith Presbyterian, Medford, NJ. Jim has been married to Fran for 58 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Virginia Leopold
Rev. Dr. Virginia Leopold resides in Shamong, NJ A teacher for 19
years, Ginny then went to Princeton Theological Seminary, following which she
began a 32 year ministry as Associate Pastor at The Protestant Community
Church of Medford Lakes, NJ, and has now retired from there. She received
her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in
Washington, DC in 2000
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2087 Old York Rd.
Burlington, NJ, 08016