Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains

Our Staff


Please find below details of our various Staff Members


Picture of Pastor Scott Pastor Scott was brought up in Scotland. He was raised within the Presyterian Church of Scotland. His home congregation was Moncrieff Parish Church and this congregation had a history of exporting pastors to the United States. Scott was 19 and midway through his first degree in Chemistry when he was accepted as a candidate for the ministry. Scott graduated from Chemistry and then began his studies in theology at the University of Glasgow. He completed his Divinity course and was ordained in 1997 to the position of Program Director within the Youth and Family Center of the Iona Community on Iona. From there, Scott went on to be a Campus Minister and for a few years worked as a detective within Essex and Metropolitan Police Forces. Scott returned then to the parish ministry in Southeast of Edinburgh before taking a post as Interim Pastor in Northeast Baltimore for three years. He has a deep interest in spirituality and enabling creative bible study in congregations. Scott loves developing creative worship within a team context. He loves to walk (he has walked the 500 mile great pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compstella), to cycle, to build and restore computers as well as program them and finally to read. Contact Scott at 973-539-3481 or s.blythe@mppresby.org.
Picture of Pastor Liz Pastor Liz graduated in 1998 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in History and a minor in Religious Studies, Liz returned to Dallas and put her degree to work - writing software! The next year she moved to Charlotte, NC, and the Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Instead of just going on mission trips, now she was leading them - and loved it. It was during this time that Liz experienced her own call to ministry. Others had suggested it, but it was not until then did she really comprehend God's call for her. Once enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary, Liz came to fully understand her call to pastoral ministry. Through internships and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Liz came to realize she did not have to choose between serving in a congregation and serving in mission. In 2005, Liz moved to Baltimore, MD, became a solo pastor, and led the church on its first three mission trips ever. Worship is still her first and greatest love. Liz loves to read, cook, be outside, share a sense of humor, sing (though perhaps not well), fellowship, and being creative in thinking about how we approach and adore God. Liz enjoys working with youth of all ages, participating in adult education, and of course she loves mission locally and abroad. Contact Liz at 973-539-3481 or l.blythe@mppresby.org.
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 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 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 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.