Jeff originally hails from Indiana, which explains his love for basketball, and his attendance at Duke University as an undergrad, where students are still admitted to basketball games for free. Believe it or not, there were no lines when he was there. He received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and met his wife Catherine at a soup kitchen in Brooklyn, where he served in parish ministry for six years.
Prior to arriving in New Jersey, Jeff served First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, CA for eleven years where he was deeply immersed in community organizing and youth ministry, and where he discovered his love for woodworking and fiction writing. Jeff and Catherine have a son, Will, who is proud to have been born in the “year of the Golden Dragon.” Jeff completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May of 2014.
To contact The Rev. Jeffrey A. Vamos please call: 609-896-1212 ext. 101
The Rev. Kyle R. AndersonAssociate Pastor for Youth, Worship and Counseling Ministries
Kyle grew up in Connecticut and though he’s lived in Massachusetts , Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, he still describes himself as a New Englander.
Kyle received is Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Youth Ministry and a minor in Business Administration from Messiah College. After graduation, he went on to serve three churches working with young people in middle school through college. After 5 years at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, Kyle attended Princeton Theological Seminary and received his Master of Divinity degree before accepting a call to serve as Associate Pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville.
Kyle and his wife, Ashley have been married since 2009 and they have two children: Ross and Cecily. They love spending time together visiting historical sites, and traveling. When Kyle is not spending time with his family he enjoys cooking, photography, playing golf, or reading a good book.
To contact Kyle Anderson please call: 609-896-1212 ext. 104.
Jill CifelliAssociate for Pastoral Care Ministry
Jill is a native Jersey girl who enjoys a good juicy Jersey tomato and tomato pie from De Lo’s, but wouldn’t mind less of our great state’s traffic. She graduated from Penn State with an undergraduate degree in French and business, and received a master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Jill has been steeping in the Presbyterian stew since childhood and has enjoyed working at PCoL, her lifelong church community, since 2009.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys: reading historical fiction novels, knitting, and playing disc golf with her husband Tom and sons Tommy and Joey.
To contact Jill Cifelli please call: 609-896-1212 ext. 103
The Rev. Dr. Louise JohnsonAssociate Pastor for Congregational Life
Louise Lawson Johnson was born in Charlotte, NC (yes, that is where the accent comes from). She graduated from Duke University (go Blue Devils) as a religion major, Princeton Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity), and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA (Doctor of Ministry). She has served four churches in her 35 years of ordained ministry; two in Tennessee and two in the Princeton area. During that time she has also served the PC(USA) at the General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery levels, including 15 years as a trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Among her passions are studying and teaching the Bible, helping adults find ways to grow spiritually, and baptizing babies (keep them coming). Louise is married to Professor William Stacy Johnson, who teaches at Princeton Seminary. Together they have four wonderful children: an attorney, a banker, an artist, and a grad student.
To contact The Rev. Dr. Louise Johnson please call: 609-896-1212 ext. 105
James MoyerDirector of Music
In addition to conducting our choir and concertsingers, James Moyer is Director of Choral Activities at Pennsbury (PA) School District, where he oversees the high school choral music department, the largest on the east coast, consisting of 7 choirs, nearly 500 students, and a choral staff of four. He is also Coordinator of Vocal/Choral Music K-12 for the district. Mr. Moyer is co-author with Dr. Dennis Shrock of A Conductors Guide to Choral-Orchestral Repertoire published by GIA, 2017, and is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He has guest conducted choral festivals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Mississippi, and North Carolina and was guest conductor of the summer High School Vocal Institute at Westminster Choir College in 2006. Mr. Moyer holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice/organ from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Oklahoma.
To contact James Moyer please call: 609-896-1212.
Karen BudaChurch Administrator/Community Well Director
Karen is a native of Rochester, New York, and a graduate of Smith College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she received her MBA. She served as a hospital administrator and medical group manager for 25 years in Boston, Philadelphia and Princeton. Karen also has worked as a grant writer, consultant and online retailer. Since 2016, Karen has served as Director of The Community Well, PCOL’s community wellness center. She is also a member of the Board of the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership. A member of PCOL since 2012, Karen resides in Hopewell Borough with her husband, Paul, and son, Dalton.
To contact Karen Buda please call: 609-896-1212.
Ruth ConoverAdministrative Assistant
Ruth grew up in Cape May County, NJ. After graduating from Ocean City High School, she attended Ohio Wesleyan University where she earned a BA. While riding the train from the shore to Philadelphia where she was a copy editor in the College Department of J. B. Lippincott Co., she met Skip Conover. When she married Skip in 1967, he had two daughters from his previous marriage. Ruth and Skip’s daughter, Pam, and her husband, Joey, have a son, Zac. He’s an absolute joy! Ruth and Skip moved to Lawrenceville in 1984. They joined the church in 1985, and Ruth joined the staff In 1989. Over the years, Ruth and Skip have traveled to places that, as a child, she never dreamed she would see. They have cruised around the tip of South America; they have cruised to the North Cape of Norway. Ruth realizes how fortunate she is, and she does not take her blessings for granted.
To contact Ruth Conover please call: 609-896-1212.
Beverly MillsOffice Manager
Born and raised in Connecticut, Bev originally came to this area for a marketing position at Lenox China. After raising three children, the latter half of Bev’s professional career, prior to joining PCOL as part-time Office Manager, was devoted to historic house museum management, including eight years as Executive Director of the Drumthwacket Foundation at New Jersey’s official governor’s residence in Princeton, and five years as the Administrator of the 1719 William Trent House Museum in Trenton. Bev and architect husband Michael live in Hopewell, where they attend Hopewell Presbyterian.
To contact Beverly Mills please call: 609-896-1212.
Alison YoungPreschool Director
Alison, along with her husband, Richard, hail originally from Central Oregon. From 1979-2000 their home base was Tokyo, Japan, interspersed with three sabbatical years spent living in South India. Their three children attended preschools in India and Japan, which gave her a wonderful window on education and home life in those cultures. Her professional experience began as a volunteer in the kindergarten class at the international school in India, and then as teacher and Director in the preschool in the international church in Tokyo. Arriving in New Jersey the summer of 2000, something like a ‘foreign country’ after those 22 years abroad, she jumped into a variety of experiences in early childhood education in the American culture of New Jersey, ending up at PCOL in 2013 as Executive Director of the preschool. She feels lucky to always be (Mrs.) Young!