Pastor Jeffrey Carney

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Jeffrey Carney was born and raised in West Virginia. He graduated from Davis & Elkins College with a degree in philosophy and religious studies, and obtained the Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was ordained in 1984 in Abingdon, VA. He has served churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was the organizing pastor for New Church Developments in Sacramento, California, and Mount Pocono, PA. He was installed as the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in South Amboy in Monmouth Presbytery in October 2010.

His wife Cynthia is also a pastor at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains. They have two sons, Jackson and Joshua. Jackson is graduating from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and will attend Lehigh University in the fall. Joshua will be a freshman in high school.

Jeffrey enjoys jogging, playing the guitar, and spending time outdoors with their golden retriever, Chase.

Kevin Shoemaker


Kevin Shoemaker is a New York City musician whose work includes film scores, albums, sacred music, street performance, and more. He has attended institutions such as Westminster Choir College, Berklee College of Music, University of Miami, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, and the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. He has studied under artists including Dr. James Goldsworthy and Dr. Emi Kagawa and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space. Mr. Shoemaker was raised as a member of St. Bernard’s of Clairvaux in Bridgewater where he was an alter server for many years and has served as a music minister at various other Christian churches.

We are very lucky to have him as our organist at the First Presbyterian Church of South Amboy.

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