I have had the privilege of serving as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Verona, since August, 2016. My husband Mike and I love living in Verona with our dog, Riley, where we enjoy being a part of this warm and close knit community.
I hope for the opportunity to find out more about you and, if you live near by, how you too came to be a part of the Verona, Cedar Grove, Caldwell Area.
Liz grew up in Verona, and has attended the First Presbyterian Church of Verona since she was four years old. She has served the church in many capacities, and is now on staff as the Christian Education Facilitator. During the week, she also works as the Administrator at the Newark Presbytery. Prior to her current role at the church and Presbytery, Liz worked in administration and program planning in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in NJ, DC, and CA. She is a graduate of The George Washington University and studied abroad at the School for International Training in Nairobi, Kenya.
Liz currently volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system, and is a board member of EWR Ministries.
Liz is passionate about youth ministry, social justice, traveling, and her puppy, Zoey.
Abigail J. Schumer started her piano journey at the age of five in a state school for gifted children in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Shortly after, her family moved to the United States, where she continued her musical studies. At the age of 17, Ms. Schumer was hired as an accompanist by the Fransisco Vinas International Competition, held in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after, Abigail fell in love with the organ.
Over the years, Ms. Schumer studied organ with Walter Klauss (CUNY), David Enlow, (The Julliard School of Music), and Alan Morrison (Curtis Institute of Music). She continued her education at the Conservatoire de Reims, France, at perfectionnement level (post-graduate equivalent in French conservatories), which she successfully completed in June 2017 and was awarded the privilege of playing a recital on the grand orgue of Cathedrale de Reims.
Ms. Schumer is greatly devoted to church music ministries, and enjoys working with adults and children of all ages to expand their knowledge and spiritual values through music.
"God speaks to each of us in His own way. One of His wondrous gifts is music. Through music, I found my calling, I found my life..."
After earning a BA in English from Wake Forest University, and an MA in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College, I taught in both private and public schools for 8 years.
I then became an editor of Instructor magazine (Scholastic, Inc.), and subsequently started my own business writing and editing for educational publishers. Currently, I'm completing a novel about a young woman coming of age amidst pandemic, racial unrest, and haunting loss, loosely based on my grandmother's life in rural Texas, c. 1919. I have two kids, ages 16 and 19, whom I adore, live in Montclair, and feel fortunate to work at FPCV!
I came to the First Presbyterian Church of Verona for the first time on June 24, 1963 and I have been here ever since! I moved to New Jersey from Quitman, Georgia when I was 11 months old and have lived in this area all my life. I have two children and two grandchildren.