Drew Mangione, Pastor, Ordained Minister of Word & Sacrament
Daniel Velez-Acevedo, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry
Gay Channell, Administrative Assistant
Rick DeKarski, Music Director
Tina Harvey, Christian Education Coordinator
Anne Hyatt, Treasurer
Linda Adkisson, Custodian
I’m so glad that you’re reading this letter. It means you have decided to take a look at information about the Presbyterian Church at Absecon. Whatever reason you have for checking out this Web site, I hope that it keeps your interest, that you find it informative and that it makes you feel welcome. This web site and this church community want you to feel like you belong, no matter where you might be in your faith journey.
If you spend some time with this congregation, you will see that it is very much an adoptive extended family of people from diverse backgrounds. I started as pastor here in July 2018 and have really enjoyed learning about and learning from everyone here. I expect you will have the same experience. When you’re here, make sure you see me and/or talk to the people sitting around you. We would love to get to know you.
This church is a collection of different people with varying degrees of religious faith and Bible knowledge, who come together each week and for different activities to better understand God’s love for them in Jesus Christ and how to reflect that love to others. Together, in community, we care for others and we are cared for. We receive God's love and we reflect God's love to others.
So, no matter where you are in any kind of faith journey, and even if you don’t what to think, we want you to feel comfortable here. The Good News of Jesus Christ is a pretty incredible thing, and I want you to have the opportunity to see your life being renewed by it.
In Love and Mercy,
Drew Mangione, Pastor
FAVORITE PASSAGE: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:2-8
[Drew is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He focused his studies on church unity (known as ecumenism) and church history. He and his wife Claire have two children. He was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament or Teaching Elder, receiving the legal title of Reverend, on August 4, 2018 by the Presbytery of West Jersey.
Prior to serving as Pastor, Drew received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter for more than six years covering politics and government. He worked three years as communication director for a New York State Senator. After that, he served as development director, organizing a $2 million capital campaign and establishing a fundraising program for a nonprofit that unites more than 50 different churches across many denominations to provide food, drink, clothing, housing, rehabilitation, healthcare support and much more to tens of thousands of people in need each year.]