Rev. Dr. Matthew L. Camlin, Pastor
Dr. Camlin was raised in the Church of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Washington, PA. He is a 1998 graduate of the College of Wooster, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree; a 2001 graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree; and a 2013 graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Reformed Christian Spirituality.
After graduating from seminary in 2001, Dr. Camlin served for four years as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in a large Presbyterian church in North-Central New Jersey. He has also served two years on the staff of the Washington City Mission, a rescue mission and homeless shelter that offers Christ-centered recovery programs for substance abusers and addicts. While serving the Mission, he also preached weekly in churches of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, which led to his appointment as the Stated Supply Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Chester, WV. He then additionally served as Supply Pastor of the Newell Presbyterian Church (WV), and the Fairview Presbyterian Church of New Manchester, WV. Under Dr. Camlin’s leadership, these three congregations merged in 2013 to form the Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church.
In addition to these calls to parish ministry, Dr. Camlin has served the larger church via various committees of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, including the Training and Development Committee, the Committee on Ministry, and the Malawi Partnership Taskforce. He traveled to Malawi, Africa, for three weeks in 2012 as a mission partnership representative to the Domasi Presbytery (Blantyre Synod, Central Church of Africa Presbyterian). He served one year as vice-moderator and two years as moderator of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, and as a Teaching Elder Commissioner to the 221st General Assembly in Detroit Michigan in 2014.
Matt has been married to Diane for 14 years. They have three children: a daughter, Afton, who is 10 years old; a son, William (“Liam”) who is 8; and a son, Alasdair, who is 6.
Linda Black, Director of Christian Education
Linda Black is a native of Western Pennsylvania and a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. Working with children and helping others grow in their faith are parallel passions that sometimes happily converge in her vocation.
Linda has taught children and trained adults in various settings in the U.S. and on the mission field. Through her work with Youth With A Mission, Linda lived and served in Hong Kong, New Zealand, several countries in Europe and then at the mission training headquarters in Hawaii. She has a love for mission and hopes to again be more actively engaged.
Previous to coming to New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, Linda served on staff with Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sharon. Linda currently makes her home in Hermitage with her mother, sister and a small lively Yorkie.
Doug Phillips, Youth Leader
Doug has been participating in the life of this church prior to being wedded here in 2011. Husband to Kristen (Forsberg) Phillips and father to two daughters, Sloan (3) and Elin (2), he finds that his spiritual boundaries and understandings are taking on new meaning to him every day.
Doug is a transplant from the North, coming to New Wilmington from Oil City where he grew up. A 2006 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, his studies focused on Education and Business. Doug is not unused to being called "Coach." He has been a girls' basketball and softball coach. Doug worked as the Gym Teacher and then as the Director of the Child Development Center in Franklin prior to having kids of his own. He is now a stay at home dad and drives bus for Union Area School District. He has been blessed to be a part of the youth program as a youth and mission trip leader these last four years. He has also helped out with VBS, taught Sunday School with Carolyn Cuff, and plays on the church softball team. He is enthusiastic about continuing his involvement and commitment to the spiritual growth and development of the youth here at NWPC.
Doug knows that a spiritual journey is both a personal/private one and also a corporate one. He seeks to encourage the personal paths of our youth and to encourage the presence of NWPC's youth in the life and breathe of our church and within their own families, which is vitally important. Seeing each person/youth as an important part of God's plan, Doug approaches spiritual youth guidance with the idea that all kids need to be seen, heard, and valued for their role within the group. That plays out in our games, sharing of food, study of scripture, and missional outlets. It's also accompanied by some silliness and good natured razzing on Doug's part!
Jill Wilson, Preschool Director
Jill Mook Wilson has been involved in the life of NWPC since approximately 1999; teaching both Sunday school and VBS, helping with JHYG and SHYG, and serving in the Nursery. She lives in New Wilmington with her husband, Todd, and they have 2 daughters living and attending college in Pittsburgh.
Jill is a graduate of Grove City College and has been working with preschool age children since about 2003. She has been serving the NWPC Preschool since it was opened in 2007 first as the Assistant Teacher and now as the Director/Teacher. Jill feels that early education is vital to the development, socialization, and educational success of young children. Providing a faith-based, positive, loving, and fun learning environment for the young students in the NWPC Preschool is her top priority. She thinks that another important responsibility of a preschool teacher is to put parents at ease and make them feel comfortable with their decision to enroll their precious children in our preschool program.
Jill feels extremely blessed and appreciative for the opportunity to serve families of the New Wilmington community at NWPC Preschool.
Jill Mohr, Preschool Teacher
Jill became a member of NWPC in 2004 and has served as a Deacon, an Elder, and as a member of the Carillon Handbell Choir in the years since. She and her husband, Jim, the Chaplain at Westminster College, have two married daughters and three beautiful grandchildren.
Jill joined the NWPC Preschool Staff in August, 2015. She has used her Elementary Education degree from Muskingum College in a variety of settings over the years and is enjoying teaching preschoolers again. This opportunity to have a small part in young childrens' stories is truly a blessing.
Linda McGrath, Care Coordinator
Linda has been a member of NWPC for 34 years, sings in the choir and was one of the original Parish Nurse group. She is a wedding coordinator, has served as an Elder and as a Youth Club volunteer. A graduate of Jameson Hospital School of Nursing, she earned a BSN from Penn State University, is a Certified School Nurse and completed the Marquette Parish Nurse course. Married to Scott for almost 40 years, they are the parents of Martha McGrath Brown (and Andy) and Jonathan McGrath (and Amy) and they have 2 grandchildren, John and Jesse McGrath.
Jan McClelland, Secretary
Anne Bruening, Choir Director and Music Ministry Coordinator
Dan Smith, Worship Team Leader
Dan Smith is a lifelong member of NWPC. He has been a member of the Worship team since its inception. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a bachelor's degree in business. He is a Sales and Marketing Representative for AdvaCare Home Services.
Dan and his wife Janet live in Wilmington Township and have 3 daughters, 1 son, 2 sons in law, and 2 yellow labs.
Kathy Montgomery, Organist
Rusty Bonzo, Custodian