Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains

Our Staff


Our Pastors Liz and Scott have been called to service at a church in Scotland. Stay tuned as we begin our search for an interim pastor.

Picture of Jason Hill Jason E. Hill is our Interim Director of Music. He received a BA in Musical Theatre Accompaniment and Conducting from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, a Masters Level Performance Certificate in Piano from the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern. Former United Methodist Clergy, Jason has been on church staff since he was 15. In addition to vocational ministry, he has served as associate conductor for 2 New York productions and conductor for 2 national tours of Broadway shows, pianist and vocal arranger/director for The United States Marine Band, spent a year playing piano on Carnival Cruise Lines, and continues to play shows in New York and New Jersey. With a passion for social justice, Jason spends time working on immigration issues, women’s access to health care, Veteran’s issues, and reducing food insecurity. Contact Jason at worshipartspastor@gmail.com.
Picture of Liz Nowik Elizabeth Nowik has directed the Walsh Memorial Bell Choir since 2015. She holds a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College, where she toured nationally with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Elizabeth also directs children’s choirs, bell choirs, and a youth chamber orchestra at Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, NJ. She teaches music full time in the Union Township school district and remains active as a conductor, violist, and soprano. Contact Liz at 973-539-3481 or eliznowik@gmail.com.
Picture of Beverly Stewart, Church Administrator Beverly (Bev) Stuart is the Administrative Assistant in the Church Office. She has over 10 years previous experience in the church office at the Green Pond Bible Chapel, and she is a pastor's wife. Her husband is the Executive Pastor at the Rockaway Assembly of God Church. Bev lives in Rockaway Boro, has 2 married sons, 9 grandchildren and enjoys stitching stamped embroidery. Bev is in our office 5 days a week from 9:30 to 1:30, so if you are coming by the church during the week, stop by and introduce yourself to her. Contact Bev at 973-539-3481 or b.stuart@mppresby.org.
Picture of Leo Ramirez, Facilities Manager Leo Ramirez was born in Uruguay and raised in Rockaway, NJ. When not managing the church facilities, Leo can be found playing with his two boys. Leo played semi-pro soccer in the NY metro area. He lives with his wife and sons in Morris Plains. He also enjoys playing on the church softball team! Contact Leo at 973-539-3481 or l.ramirez@mppresby.org.
Picture of Jane Whitehead, Director of Joyful Noise Nursery School Jane Whitehead joined the staff of Joyful Noise as director in 2010, after accumulating 15 years of experience directing and teaching in other early childhood education settings. She has long been active in a variety of church ministries including children’s Christian education, mission and congregational care. Jane lives in Randolph with her husband Bruce, where they raised their two daughters, both married and educators themselves. Jane is a graduate of Marietta College with a degree in English and education. She continues to be grateful every day for the opportunity to lead a dedicated staff and serve the families of Joyful Noise! Contact Jane at 973-539-9514 or J.Whitehead@joyfulnoisemorrisplains.org.
Picture of Jane Whitehead, Director of Joyful Noise Nursery School Maryanne Punto is our Volunteer Bookkeeper. She volunteeered to take on the mamagment of the churches books towards the end of 2016. Contact MaryAnne at 973-539-9514 or mapunto@optonline.net.