Pastor:  The Rev. Wendi L. Werner

Rev. Wendi L. Werner has been serving within the PC(USA) since 1995.    She was ordained a minister of Word and Sacrament in 2006.  Wendi has 11 years of experience serving in large church, multi-staff settings as both a Christian educator and an interim associate pastor in north-central New Jersey, and spent several years as an associate pastor here in central New Jersey.  She was called to serve as the solo pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Dayton in 2009, where she feels blessed by the opportunity to live within the fullness of call.

Together with the leadership of the Dayton Church, a portion of her shared accomplishments have included re-establishment of the Board of Deacons; the church building's accessibility project which included both a lift and addition designed to communicate welcome; the adoption of  a statement on full inclusion; a revitalization of the manse; and the re-establishment of mission outreach including two drives which provide both summer and winter clothing at no cost and the Open Kitchen program, which offers a monthly dinner at no cost where any and all can find welcome.

Wendi is an active member of the South Brunswick area Interfaith Clergy Association, which works throughout the year to foster respect and mutual understanding of the diverse religious traditions within South Brunswick.  Additionally, she has demonstrated commitment to the Presbytery of New Brunswick where she chaired the 2015 Leadership Transition Team, was the 2016 Presbytery moderator, chaired the 2017 Central Leadership Team and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Ministry and the Permanent Judicial Commission. 

Wendi is married to Noel D. Werner, Director of Music at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.  They are the proud parents of Sophie & Emily. 

Office Hours:  

   Monday - Thursday


   Evening & Saturday    

   appointments available 




   (732) 329-2463

Director of Music: Dr. Hannah Carr

Originally from Ireland, Hannah has recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at Rutgers Mason Gross School of Music where she studied with Patrick Gardner. She holds a Master of Music in conducting from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, an Advanced Diploma from the Liszt Academy in Hungary and a BA in composition from Trinity College Dublin. At Yale, Hannah conducted The Yale Repertory Chorus, Recital Chorus, Yale Camerata and won The Director’s Prize, awarded by The Institute of Sacred Music. Hannah has worked with youth choirs of all ages as choral director at Beaver Country Day School in Boston, The Dalton School, Diller-Quaille School of Music and Chapin School in New York.  She has been invited to various international masterclasses, and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 ACDA National Graduate Conductor Competition in Minneapolis. Hannah is currently associate conductor of the Prelude Level at the National Children's Chorus, NY and conducting chair for C4 Ensemble, Manhattan. Before moving to New Jersey, Hannah served as music director to the University Church at Yale in New Haven, CT and Stratford Street United Church in Boston, MA.


Church Secretary:  Susan Brennan

We are so happy to have Sue Brennan, pictured here with her beloved dog Scrappy, serving here as our church secretary.  Sue is here to empower all the ministries of the church through administrative support of all kinds.  She is available to church members and to friends of the congregation who may be interested in utilizing the church property.  Sue can be found in the church office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  She lives in Kendall Park.

Office Hours:
Wednesday 10:00am-2:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm-4:00pm
Friday 10:00am-2:00pm
Phone:  (732) 329-2463

Sexton:  Kenny Schaub

Kenny has been part of our church family for over 20 years.  Along with taking care of our church facilities, Kenny maintains the building midweek for Montessori School's Children's House.  By day, Kenny works full time in the food-service industry.

Kenny can be contacted through the church office at (732) 329-2463.

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