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Our Leadership

Our leadership is

On God's Mission Together

Matt Agresti
Lead Pastor

Matt is the lead pastor at Central, since May of 2022. He'd love to meet you sometime soon!

FULL BIO

Born and raised in Monmouth County, Matt Agresti happily lives in Shrewsbury with his family. He and his wife Amanda have three boys (Zeke, Eli, and Jonah). Before earning his mDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, Matt was an electrical engineer. While he enjoyed being an engineer, his heart lies with helping people hear the good news of Jesus Christ. What drives him as a pastor is seeing the church be a community where anyone and everyone who enters can find a home, and begin to connect with God.

 

He’s an avid reader of theology, listens to everything from punk rock to folk, lives and dies during every Giants game, and is fairly addicted to Pep-O-Mint Life Savers (but he’s working on it).  Matt formerly served as a chaplain in both hospital and at-home hospice settings, as well as a pastor (and other roles) at Park Church in Tinton Falls for 15 years.

 

Feel free to contact Matt anytime.

Michele Spaeth
Secretary

Michele keeps us organized, on track, and is a great connection point for the entire church.

Full Bio

Michele Spaeth grew up in Garwood and moved to Atlantic Highlands in 1993. She has three boys who all attended Atlantic Highlands Elementary (AHES) and Henry Hudson High School. She worked for 10 years at AHES as the Assistant to the Business Administrator, and then as the School Secretary. After AHES, she became the Office Manager for the Bayshore Consortium before becoming the Payroll/Benefits clerk for Red Bank Regional High School. She retired from there in 2017 to take care of her ill husband.  She’s worked here at Central since September of 2021.

Sam Talmage
Music Director

Sam coordinates all things music, from Sunday worship to directing our monthly choir.

Full Bio

Samantha Talmage (Sam) grew up in Wisconsin & Iowa, moving to New Jersey in 1995.  She is a graduate from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI and majored in vocal performance and music education.  She organizes the choir and the praise band. The choir rehearses each Thursday night during the school year from 7:30-8:30.  The Praise Band performs each Sunday and usually the members practice before the service.  Sam is married with 3 children.  She also teaches music in elementary school and has produced original musicals and plays with her husband Bob. One of them “Who is this Man” had a 10 year run. A member and soloist with the Concordia Chorale, she has had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall.  Sam also cantors the 4:00 Sunday mass at St. Michael’s RCC in Long Branch, performing Contemporary Christian music.  She is active in the Atlantic Highlands arts community.

Rebecca Delucia
Seminary Intern / Kids / Youth

Rebecca is doing an apprenticeship with us in the fall of 2022, and we couldn't be more excited to have her!

Full Bio

Rebecca was born and raised in Atlantic Highlands, and now lives in Middletown with her husband and two boys. She was the Kids and Youth Director at Park Church in Tinton Falls for years, before moving on to go to Fuller Theological Seminary.  She’s doing an apprenticeship here at Central in the fall of 2022, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her! She’ll be doing a little bit of everything, with a focus on Kids and Youth.

We work together in

Teams

Here are the boards that lead at Central
Deacons

The Board of Deacons, among other things, assists the pastor in his ministry, reviews applicants for membership, provides for the distribution of the Lord’s Supper, and administers the fellowship fund for the benefit of those in need.

 

Current members:

  • Larry Russell (chair)
  • Beverly Kugele
  • Rob Lisi
  • Harry Murtha
  • John Taylor
Mission & Evangelism

The Board of Missions and Evangelism maintains contact with church supported missionaries and mission agencies, and distributes funds budgeted by the church to them. The Board is also responsible for all church evangelistic activities.

 

Current members:

  • Josh Greeley (chair)
  • Laurie Gentry
  • Julio Lavarra
  • Bart Lentini, Jr.
  • Robert Talmage
Hospitality

The Board of Hospitality, among other things, oversees the hospitality ministries, prepares the elements for the Lord’s Supper and cares for the communion service linens, assists candidates for baptism and cares for the baptismal robes, recognizes celebrations such as births, marriages, and special events, and assists the pastor and deacons in their pastoral responsibilities.

 

Current members:

Trustees

The Board of Trustees holds in trust and manages all church property and provides for its maintenance and repair. The Board also authorizes and approves appropriate use of the church building.

 

Current members:

  • Allen Riso (chair)
  • Luke Greeley
  • Joseph Koeppel
  • Richard Kugele
  • Harry Murtha
  • Robert Ruddy
Christian Education

 

The Board of Christian Education is entrusted with managing the Sunday School classes, the bible studies, the Junior Church, and youth ministry.

 

 

Current members:

  • Jean Koeppel (chair)
  • Beverly Camp
  • Beverly Kugele
  • Rob Lisi
  • Harry Murtha
  • Kelly Taylor
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