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Bill Golderer with his wife Julie

REV. BILL GOLDERER

golderer@gmail.com

Bill feels a powerful call to the ASPC congregation. He is confident that God has great things in store for the its future; he is convinced that through our worship and work, ASPC is to become a blessing to the neighborhood, the city and the larger world.

In addition to serving as Arch Street’s Pastor, Bill is the founding pastor and convener of the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. BSM is an innovative ministry that emphasizes hospitable outreach, civic involvement, and creative expression (see Faith in Action section for more on BSM).

Earlier, Bill served as the founding Director of the Center for Church Life at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was also a lecturer in Reformed theology at Union Theological Seminary. Prior to his work in New York, Bill served as Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adult and Public Church Ministry at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. His time there was spent integrating the Gospel with the demands of everyday life through fellowship, advocacy/outreach programs, public forums, and discernment exercises. While serving in Chicago, Bill helped to found a national network of Presbyterian clergy under the age of 40, called The 7 Percent. The group takes its name from the statistic that only 7 percent of clergy currently serving the Presbyterian Church U.S.A are under the age of 40. To learn more about the ministry of Fourth Church, visit www.fourthchurch.org. To learn more about The 7 Percent, visit www.bmbweb.com/sevenpercent/. Bill was also the Founding Director for Religious Outreach for The Interfaith Alliance in Washington D.C. This membership organization that has grown to over 150,000 members to promote interfaith cooperation around shared American values of civic participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and civility in public discourse and to encourage the active involvement of people of faith in the nation’s political life. www.theinterfaithalliance.org.

Bill’s energies away from ministry are devoted to home renovation with his wife, Julie, maniacally listening to sports radio, marveling at the wonder that are his sons, Sebastian and Deacon.

 

REV. BECKY WHITE NEWGREN

Minister for Community Life

becky@archstreetpres.org

As the Minister for Community Life at ASPC, Becky wants you to know there is a place were you can come to feel loved and valued as a child of God. It’s so easy to live our lives anonymously, but doing life with a community is very rewarding (and challenging) and rewarding.  With an eye out for kids in Center City, Becky looks to foster an open environment for families to support one another as we learn to live as faithful citizens of this world and teach our children to do the same.   Becky lives in the city with partner Andy, four-year old daughter Anneke, and baby Nora.

Becky White Newgren was raised in Bloomington, Illinois and attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.  She spent a few years doing youth ministry mostly in Michigan before pursuing a theological education at Princeton Seminary.  Ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she served for two years at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA.  Though initially drawn to the church at a young age because the games were fun and the boys cute, Becky remains committed to ministry because she believes God enlivens our lives and spurs us to live deeply in community with all people.

 

REV. MIKE PULSIFER

Pastor for Executive Leadership

mikepulsifer@comcast.net

Mike Pulsifer is in his 4th decade of service as a pastor. He grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and attended Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri and Princeton Theological Seminary. Mike has served churches in a rural county seat town in Oklahoma, in a college community in Iowa, in an urban setting in southern California, in a suburban community in northern New Jersey, and another suburban Presbyterian Church in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Mike and his wife, Marion, live in Center City. They have two married sons and four grandchildren also living in the Philadelphia area.

 

Dr. J. DONALD DUMPSON

Minister of Music and The Arts

jddumpson@aol.com

J. Donald Dumpson, Ph.D., recently completed his doctorate in music education at Temple University and has been involved in music ministry for over 40 years. His most recent post was 25 years at the Bright Hope Baptist Church. He is the founding director of the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers in Princeton, NJ. Donald presents sacred music presentations around the world and is also known for the special events he produces via his company J. Donald Dumpson Productions, LLC. He has collaborated with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, served as musical director for several television specials and have worked with artists from Patti LaBelle to Denyce Graves.

 

 

Rev. MEGAN LeCLUYSE Newstaff

Minister of Curiosity, Learning and Wonder

megan@archstreetpres.org

Megan LeCluyse serves as the Campus Minister of the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania, where she began 2012. Megan grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. She then completed a dual degree at Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education), and found that her passion is Christian Education. She also has a love for college students and believes that campus ministry is incredibly important to for them, as it was in her own life, which led her to her current call. She’s excited to be a part of ASPC, and to see what God has in store for this congregation!

As a transplant from Arizona, Megan tries to be outdoors whenever it is nice and sunny out. This might be hiking, or more often, reading a novel in one of Philadelphia’s parks. She enjoys spending time with her parents, sister, and her family’s dog, who live in Princeton, NJ. She also enjoys traveling, theater, and singing (which she does with the University Choral Society at Penn).

 

AlexS-WprofileALEX SERNA-WALLENDER 

Pastoral Associate

alex@archstreetpres.org

Alex is currently a second-year Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Alex is originally from Texas and went to school at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he majored in Urban Studies and later earned a Master in Teaching. Before starting at PTS, Alex was a middle school science teacher in San Antonio and also worked for Princeton University, facilitating social-emotional learning for students in Trenton and East Harlem. Alex grew up in the Presbyterian Church but has since worshiped with and worked for both urban Methodist and Mennonite congregations. He has been married to his talented and accomplished wife, Elena, for almost four years. Alex is passionate about community and social justice and excited for the ways the Spirit is moving at Arch Street.

 

FEMI N. JORDON

Manager of Operations

femi@archstreetpres.org

Femi has a strong call to help others. She has a Master of Social Work degree and over 14 years of experience as a Social Worker. Femi comes to Arch Street with a desire to serve and help the church grow. She quite capably holds the inner workings of the church together.  She spends her spare time pursuing business interests.

 

 

JOSEPHINE KABAMBI

Director of Children’s Ministry

josephine.kabambi@alum.wellesley.edu

Joséphine “Josie”  Kabambi grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Wellesley College in 2011 with a B.A. in Biological Chemistry and Peace and Justice Studies. Growing up, Josie had the opportunity to attend churches of various sizes and denominations which exposed her to creative and engaging ways to do children’s ministry. Josie is an ordained elder in our denomination and is currently working for Woman Organized Against Rape.  Josie is excited to join Arch Street Presbyterian Church as the Director of Children’s Ministry where her primary focus will be to create a a space where all children and families feel welcome and safe to explore their faith. In her spare time Josie enjoys eating and knitting for peace.

 

VICTOR COUCH

Sexton

Victor Couch is the go-to-man around ASPC. He brings humor and hard-work to the Arch Street Staff. Victor Couch was born in Delaware, and grew-up in Queens New York. As a proud New Yorker his sports teams are the New York Giants, the New York Mets, and the New York Jets. Victor loves working at Arch Street because of the unique and wonderful people who work at Arch Street, and in the congregation. Victor also loves helping out at the preschool because the strong personalities of the preschoolers always makes him laugh.