Our Leadership

The Elders, Deacons, and Staff of First Presbyterian Church would like to welcome you and your family. We are a committed group of people from all over the country. We are from all walks of life, and would like to think we resemble our church - a melting pot of people who love God and care about each other. If we can provide any information, prayer, or assistance, please drop us an email below or contact the church office. 

Rev. Peter Wilkinson, Our Pastor

Pete has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford since 2007. His dream for our church is that it be a vibrant, spiritual hub; that we provide a place for people to be drawn into the presence of Jesus Christ and sent into the community to serve and care for others.

With a living-out-faith focus, Pete’s hope for care begins at home. Married to Jan Burgess, and raising two great kids, Madeleine and Evan, his dedication doesn’t stop there. Their household includes Kaitlin and Emma Knight who have been living with the family for the past two years. Being a spouse and parent allows Pete to appreciate the time constraints that families experience.

Along the way in his journey, Pete received his Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Management at Purdue University. Following school, he pastored in both Indiana and Illinois. For fun, Pete likes to listen to jazz, read, eat desserts, walk the dog, talk with friends, cheer on the Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Bears, and enjoy God's sense of humor. "We all need to lighten up sometimes." First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford is lucky to have this man of faith on board.
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Elders and Deacons



Ray Fahmy

Linda Lanz

Robert Sibilio


Mark Kosa

Ruth Neuhauser

Jaimie Winters


Kathleen Kazalis

Patricia Ruggero-Porter

Ellen Smith

Clerk of Session

Ruth Neuhauser



Lynn Chiappa

Margaret McGill

Bonnie Sheppard

Jan Burgess


Gail Galik

James Vermeulen


Doug Kittridge

Bing Qiang Lu

Jeff Scott

Moderator of Deacons

Gail Galik

Vice-Moderator: Bonnie Sheppard