Greg Horn, Pastor & Head of Staff
The Rev. Gregory A. Horn has been PCUM's pastor since early 2009. Greg is a graduate of Stanford University in California and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he was recognized for his preaching and promise of future excellence in parish ministry.
Since 1991 he has led four Presbyterian congregations through periods of sustained renewal, vitality and growth. Greg was ordained and started his ministry as pastor of the Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Belleville, New Jersey, a transitioning, working class community on the border of Newark. From 1995 to 2000 he led the vibrant First Presbyterian Church of Englewood in south Denver, Colorado. From 2000 to 2002 Greg served as Director of Operations for a New York City agency that employed recently-incarcerated felons and housed homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS. Before coming to PCUM, Greg served from 2002 to early 2009 as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, New Jersey, leading that 700-member congregation through an exciting period of growth and revitalization.
Since 2005 he has also served on staff at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, advising Presbyterian students preparing for vocations in ministry and lecturing at Union Theological Seminary on Reformed theology and worship as well as Presbyterian polity. Before becoming a minister, Greg used to do things like temp in New York City, design educational software for Microsoft in Seattle, study German history in Berlin, dig ditches and hold stop/go signs in Spokane, clerk at a corporate law firm in San Francisco, and start a Ph.D. program (which he never finished) in Baltimore.
Greg's approach to pastoral ministry is grounded in compelling worship, valuing diverse voices and relationships, the spiritually-transforming experience of serving others while working for social justice, and an openness to embracing the "new thing" that God is always doing. He is dedicated to the biblical vision of an inclusive, Christ-centered community where everyone, of any age or perspective, is welcomed as a beloved child of God and is called to trust God's promises in all aspects of life.
Greg is married to Sarah Touborg-Horn, who is Editor at W.W. Norton & Co. Publishers in New York City. They are parents of high-schooler Will and middle schooler, Maggie. Greg loves to read, teach, travel, ski, re-watch movies, and do anything with his children and his rescue-dogs, Gollie and Percy. He can be reached at .
Katherine Scott-Kirschner, Associate Pastor for Youth & Families
The Rev. Katherine Scott-Kirschner joined the PCUM church family in March 2018. She is thrilled and honored to be the Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Families at PCUM. Katherine attended Smith College in Northampton, MA and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.
This is Katherine’s first pastoral call. Before she was ordained to this position, she worked in various capacities in other congregations. She was ordained and installed at PCUM in June 2018. Katherine knew God was leading her into pastoral, congregational ministry at the end of her first year of college. It was not until her final year of seminary that she realized her love of working with youth.
It is her biggest hope that she is able to serve the youth in this congregation by building and sustaining relationships. It is from this stable building block of relationship that other faith-building and faith-exploring opportunities spring forth. She has been known to say, “to make your faith your own, you need to know why it’s important and why you believe it.” It is through the trust from the relationships she builds that deep questions can be discussed and pondered. Then faith is able to grow and mature.
A primary focus for Katherine’s pastoral ministry is teaching the importance of living out the message of Christ’s love in your everyday life by her actions and words. She knew she was called to PCUM when she heard that they also approach the Christian life in this way: church is not just the building, but it is the people who come together to proclaim Christ’s love, God’s mercy, and the Spirit’s presence.
Katherine is married to Donald Kirschner, a Methodist Pastor, and they live in Montville, NJ. She loves to bake, read, take leisurely strolls, practice yoga, and binge watch TV shows on Netflix. To keep track of all the fun things the Youth Groups of PCUM are doing, search for Pastor.Katherine on Instagram. Katherine can be reached at .
Mary Beckhusen, Director of Christian Education
Mary Beckhusen is the newest member of the PCUM staff, joining this church family in the fall of 2014, after serving for seven years at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ. She loves working with children and families, building relationships and developing a vibrant, faith-inspiring educational program for kids, and watching as young people experience the life-changing love of God and decide how they will use their gifts to respond.
Mary is a Certified Christian Educator, having completed a rigorous course of study in theology, child development, church curricula and Presbyterian polity. She is also lifelong Presbyterian, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (and onetime pastor in Verona.) She brings rich and varied experiences to her ministry with us. Prior to becoming a Christian Educator, she did just about everything a mom and member of a congregation can do at the First Presbyterian Church of Sayreville, NJ —Sunday school superintendent, volunteer adviser for various age groups from elementary through high school, and leader of the summer Vacation Bible School. She lives with her husband, John, in Sayreville, where they raised their two children, Christine and Matthew, now young adults. Mary Beckhusen may be reached at .
Anne Marie Juliano, Director of Music Ministries
Anne Marie Juliano has developed and led PCUM's dynamic Youth Choir program since late 2013, nurturing the congregation's young people as worship leaders with an emphasis on music making as an act of praise arising from our gratitude for all of God’s gifts.
Anne Marie was born to Christian missionaries in Tangier, Morocco and spend her grade school years in Malaga, Spain before moving with her family to the United States. Her family settled in West New York, NJ, where her father served for many years as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Nazaret (Nazareth Baptism Church) among the influx of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants to that area. From the age of 14, Anne Marie served as Nazareth's pianist as well as the director of music and choirs.
Currently the vocal music teacher at Montclair's Glenfield Middle School, Anne Marie directs an 80 voice choir and is musical director for play productions. Since 1984, she has taught throughout the Montclair Public School district at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Anne Marie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Rutgers University-Newark in 1982 before beginning her full-time teaching career.
Before coming to PCUM, Anne Marie directed handbell and children's choirs at Union Congregational Church in Montclair. Since the fall of 2005. she has sung in PCUM's Chancel Choir, accompanied the choir and congregation on organ and piano, served as an inspiring and enthusiastic worship leader, and nurtured countless youth and adults as they offer their voices in praise of God. Anne Marie may be reached at .
Denise Silecchia, Church Administrator and Joyful Noise Choir Director
After graduating from Montclair State University with a degree in vocal performance, Denise Silecchia came to PCUM way back in 1985 as soprano soloist and section leader, and in 1991 she took on the additional ministry of Church Administrator. She oversees a busy church office and keeps members, friends and visitors informed and connected, by voice, online or in print.
As a singer, Denise was a protege of legendary Metropolitan Opera bass Jerome Hines and has performed operatic roles with local companies including Opera at Florham and Stony Hill players. She has also sung as a soloist with the Aspen Music Theater Center, the Montclair Chamber Ensemble, the New Jersey Oratorio Society, the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, the Essex Chamber Orchestra, the Garden State Chorale and the Long Island Concert Pops Orchestra.
Denise is also ESL instructor, teaching English online to school age children in China. She is also teaches voice lessons in her private studio in West Orange, NJ. Denise can be reached at .
Sue Sabo, Financial Administrator
Sue Sabo joined the PCUM staff in April 2015, grateful to have the opportunity to venture back into the working world after being a full time mother for several years. She received her accounting degree from Fairfield University, and began her public accounting career in the New York office of Deloitte. After having her fill of auditing, she moved to the private sector and worked in the Corporate Office of Deutsche Bank until her youngest son was born in 2004. Originally from Montclair, Sue settled in Verona, NJ with her husband Phil, their teenage sons, Chris and Tommy, and their crazy beagle Sophie. Sue can be reached at .
Julie Platte, Children's Choir Director
Julie Platte leads PCUM's music program for children grades 2 though 6. She has taught music to students from elementary school-age through college and adults - and is certified music teacher in the state of NJ. Julie currently teaches Chorus, Musical Theatre and Music Appreciation at Hackensack High School, where she music-directs the spring musicals. An active voice teacher and performer herself, she has sung roles from Cinderella in Into the Woods to the televised world premiere of Sara Williams in the opera York: The Voice of Freedom. Julie was faculty at Georgian Court University and currently maintains a private studio in Belleville. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Penn State University. Her paper on musical theatre singing for classical voice teachers was published in the Journal of Singing. Julie resides with her husband, three children and six special needs cats. Julie can be reached at .
Jimmy Abad, Sexton
A key member of the PCUM staff and family, Jimmy Abad is a custodial professional who cares for and oversees the church's buildings, its partners in ministry, and all its people. His "other career" is in full-time custodial service to several schools in Montclair. You can find Jimmy at the church on Sunday mornings as well as most evenings during the week.