Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains

Our Staff


Let us introduce you to our staff here at the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains.

Picture of Pastor Don Brown Reverend Donald Brown grew up in Paramus, NJ and lived there until leaving for College in MA. He was ordained in 2006 at the Presbyterian Church of West Caldwell and remained there until that congregation united with First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell in 2012, where he served as Associate Pastor. He also worked for 8 years as a Hospice Chaplain at Atlantic Healthcare. Prior to becoming a minister, Don was in Corporate Finance where his last position was Sr. Treasury Manager for Spherion Corporation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Don lives in Bedminster, is married to Mitzi and has two adult daughters, Emily and Peri. His favorite leisure time activities are exploring new restaurants, traveling and watching sports. Contact Don at 973-539-3481 or don@mppresby.org.
Picture of Christine Penney A high school English teacher and theater director, Christine Penney found herself in northern New Jersey after a lengthy stint acting and teaching in New York City! She's a native of Vermont, where she played at two churches for nearly 10 years, sang actively both as a soloist and in choirs and theater productions, and taught music at a local high school. She feels both privileged and blessed to be able to share in the church's music worship, and truly looks forward to serving where she can at the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains. Contact Christine at cpenney@mppresby.org.
Picture of Kathy Pigott Kathy Pigott has background in the medical field and is a Community Service Coordinator. She dedicates her life to helping others and living the gospel. She is a food blogger, wife, mother and enjoys visiting Rockport, MA for a dose of vitamin “sea”. If you visit the church during weekday office hours you'll be sure to see her keeping things running smoothly. Contact Kathy at office@mppresby.org.
Picture of Kristin Herzog, Director of Joyful Noise Nursery School Kristin Herzog became the Director of the Joyful Noise Preschool and Daycare in August, 2019. Kristin is a graduate of William Paterson College and received her teaching certification from Kean University. She worked for 5 years as an elemetary school teacher in Orange and New Brunswick. For the past 12 years she worked for the Montclair YMCA as director of the Preschool Program Center. She lives in Boonton with her husband and two daughters.
Contact Kristin at 973-539-9514 or k.herzog@mppresby.org.
Picture of Amy Bozza, Director of Walsh Memorial Bell Choir The director of the Walsh Memorial Bell Choir is Mrs. Amy Bozza. Amy grew up in Morristown and is a member of the Presbyterian Church on the Green. She began ringing handbells at the age of 8 and was a member of The Ringers On the Green while attending Morristown High School. After graduating from The College of Wooster in Ohio, she returned to New Jersey and became a member of the adult handbell choir at the Church on the Green, where she rings to this day.      Mrs. Bozza is an 8th grade Civics teacher at Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morristown, where she is also the musical director of the spring musical. After school, she has been teaching piano lessons for 25 years. She currently lives in Morris Township with her husband and four children, all of which (including her husband!) are graduates of Joyful Noise! Amy's previous experience with our congregation dates back a few years when she preached a sermon with her father, Dr. Rev. David Lawrence.      Aside from making music and spending time with her family, Amy enjoys both reading and writing and has been published in two anthologies and on the Huffington Post. Mrs. Bozza is thrilled to begin her work with the Walsh Choir and is excited to make music with our youth. Mrs. Bozza can be reached at a.bozza@mppresby.org.
Picture of Steven Gaden Introducing our new Youth Director! Steven Gaden is a New Jersey native, growing up in Morristown, and has been active in the Presbyterian Church in Morristown since he was a kid. He went to college in Pennsylvania at Moravian College, where he graduated with a degree in religion and photography. After coming back home, Steven returned to serve his childhood church, volunteering with the middle school and high school youth groups as one of their leaders, creating music with the Chancel Choir and Ringers, and serving on the Worship and Music committee for 3 years. He is excited to bring his years of experience to Morris Plains. He currently lives in Plainfield with his fiancé Theresa and kitty Mia. On his off hours, Steven loves listening to music, playing video games, watching his New York Red Bulls, and adventuring with his lovely fiancé. Contact Steven at s.gaden@mppresby.org.
Picture of Mae Martella Mae Martella is our Children's Ministry Coordinator. She is a certified K-8 teacher with 10 years classroom teaching experience. She left teaching when her children were born and has been involved with Christian Education at the church for the last 10 years. She received her BA from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and her MEd in Curriculum Development and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Mae lives in Parsippany with her husband, Arthur, and their two children, Joseph and Cassandra. She enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with her family. Contact Mae at mgmartella@mppresby.org.