Staff and Volunteers

Rev. Cheni Khonje

Rev. Cheni Khonje – Pastor

The meaning of her first name is “Kind, gentle, loving” and her middle name means “peacemaker”. Born in Blantyre, Malawi, Rev. Cheni’s family became political refugees when she was 28 days old.  Cheni and her siblings and grew up speaking four different languages, and now speak many more.  Growing up in Lusaka, her parents nurtured in them hearts for mission and ministry:  the family visited the people in the leprosarium at Liteta, a suburb of Kabwe.  Mum and Dad took them to engage the blind boys who were in a school that taught Braile; they wanted the trio to learn how to communicate with others and to minister to other kids, some of whom had been abandoned.  Mission work did not always take the family far from church: they would harvest the first fruits, maize (corn) and vegetables from Cheni’s grandparents’ farm and take them to the church as a thanksgiving offering to God.   Whenever she and her siblings and cousins played “house”, Cheni often had two jobs in the town: to be a pilot or pediatrician, and the second job was the preacher.  While living in The Netherlands, she experienced her first call dream to the ministry.  Being a cheeky teenager, she thanked God for the dream and declined the invitation to work for God.  When the family moved to the United States, they became members of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.  Cheni was involved in ministry with the Homeless, led a mission trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, wrote prayer cards for the congregation, Bible study guides, served as a deacon and Stephen Minister.  There was a deep yearning for more, and so she pursued an education in the sciences that led to a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology.  In discerning what the emptiness was, Cheni had two more call dreams and then went to Princeton Theological Seminary. Cheni thanks God for God’s patience with her, and for calling her to work with the people of God.

Kim Whelan

Kimberly Whelan – Administrative Assistant

Kimberly is from Upper Deerfield, N.J.  She attended and received her bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Strayer University of Delaware, and was an office manager for a local dental office.   Since then, she has become a loving devoted wife to her husband Kevin and Mommy of three to Keagan, Karlee and Karson.  She loves family time and day trips with the little ones and her husband.  She enjoys working with the church and is eager to learn more about God and his teachings.  Her hobbies include bass fishing, photography and videography. 

Gae Finch

Gae Finch – Choir Director

Gae is a native of Providence, R.I. She attended the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and Rhode Island College in Providence as a music education major with a piano concentration.

Upon relocating to NJ she served as Music Director and accompanist for several musical productions for the Cumberland Players and Sacred Heart High School. She is an Adjunct Professor at Cumberland County College where she teaches piano as well as accompanies the College Chorus. She also serves as the accompanist for the Singing Ambassadors of Vineland.

Gae has served churches of various denominations throughout her career, including 17 years at Trinity United Methodist Church in Millville, NJ before becoming the Organist and Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeton in 2008.

 

Board Officers

Debbi Boykin-Greenberg, Clerk of Session
Marjorie Pampuch, Moderator of the Board of Deacons
Kenneth Freitag, President of the Board of Trustees
Betsy Roberts, Church Treasurer

Contact Information

Church Telephone856-455-0809
Pastor’s EmailRevCheni@gmail.com
Administrative Assistant Emailfirstpresbridgeton@gmail.com
Church Address119 W. Commerce Street

Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Manse Address107 W. Commerce Street

Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, Hours 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., except holidays

Summer Hours, Monday – Friday Hours 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays