On God's Mission Together
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.
Sam coordinates all things music, from Sunday worship to directing our monthly choir.
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.
We are excited to have Rebecca on board as our Next Gen Pastor, and she is even more excited to grow the Kids and Youth ministries...so come and join in on the fun!
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 (and graduating in June of 2023!). She’s did an apprenticeship here at Central in the fall of 2022, officially joined our staff in January of 2023 on a part-time basis, and is now our Next Generation Pastor. And we couldn’t be more excited to have her! She does a little bit of everything, with a focus on Kids, Youth, and Young Adults.
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.
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.
- Bart Lentini, Jr. (chair)
- Jim Genovese
- Matt Jensen
- Rich Kugele
- Steve LeGrice
- Kelly Taylor
- Robert Talmage
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.
- Michele McLaughlin-Russel (chair)
- Bob Brooks
- Beverly Camp
- Rachel Ganley
- Jean Koeppel
- Tammy Lavarra
- Ruth Romeo
- Karen Ruddy
- Judy Taylor
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.
- Allen Riso (chair)
- Luke Greeley
- Joseph Koeppel
- Richard Kugele
- Robert Ruddy
The Board of Christian Education is entrusted with managing the Sunday School classes, the bible studies, the Junior Church, and youth ministry.
- Amanda Agresti
- Carol Brooks
- Beverly Camp
- Laurie Gentry
- Beverly Kugele
- Rob Lisi
Superintendent: Rebecca Delucia