Pastor Liz Alexander is serving as the Interim Pastor of Oak Tree Presbyterian Church. She grew up in Cranford, NJ, where her father and mother taught in the public school system. Her father was the Cranford High School football coach. Her family were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford.
After almost thirty years of teaching early childhood education and special education, Liz was called to be a pastor and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA. She served as Associate Pastor, Director of Children and family Ministries at The Riverside Church (NYC) for 5½ years, and as the pastor of The Church of Gethsemane in Brooklyn for 8½ years. She joined the staff at The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford in January 2014 as temporary Associate Pastor. Liz believes that God is constantly calling each of us to proclaim the Gospel teachings of Christ in new ways.
MARY ELLEN MARTIN Our Church Administrator and Clerk of Session, Mary Ellen Martin, has been a member of Oak Tree Presbyterian Church since 1993. She and her husband, Ken, have lived in Edison since 1989. They have two grown daughters.
Phill grew up in Florida, where he studied piano and sang in his church choir. He studied music and theater at Edison State College, moving to New York City in 1990 where he eventually became Youth Choir Director at Central Presbyterian Church. Having moved to Brooklyn to work as choral and musical theater adjunct at a local Catholic high school, Phill became Director of Music and an elder at The Church of Gethsemane, where he created an award-winning theater company. From 2009 to 2014, Phill served as Director of Music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in the Adirondacks. He studied during breaks and vacations, improving his pipe organ skills and earning a certificate in Choral Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. As a composer, his Life and Life’s Work of Edgar Allan Poe toured the East Coast in 2012, and his adaptation of The Wind in the Willows premiered in NYC in 2015. In 2017, Phill returned to Gethsemane in Brooklyn as a substitute organist until coming to Oak Tree Church. In addition to his church work, Phill is a piano, theory, and woodwind instructor at The Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth and Plainfield.