Get To Know Our Pastoral Staff
Kenneth A. Smith, Senior Pastor. Ken Smith has been serving as Senior Pastor since the church’s beginning in 1978. Beginning with a small group, then meeting in various locations around Princeton, he helped to establish the church in its current location in 1989. Ken graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1978 and received his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Covenant Seminary in 1996. In addition, he has a B.A. from King’s College and M.A. from University of Northern Colorado. For many years he was heard on the daily radio program, “A Firm Foundation,” sharing biographies of a variety of Christians from history. Ken was chairman of the board for Choice One Crisis Pregnancy Center, on the board of the Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach (ECHO) to Cuba, and a Regional Coordinator of the church planting effort of the denomination (PCA). Ken’s vision for the church in Princeton has led to its growth over the years, with a firm belief in reaching out to our community with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Audrey Mostrowski, Administrative Manager. Audrey, who has served on the staff since 2010, handles the daily operations for the church office. This includes all forms of communication, overseeing the church and event center calendar and assisting ministry teams and church leaders. Audrey earned her BS from Rider University and MS in HRD from University of Bridgeport. Her background is in training and development having worked for the Agricultural Research Division of American Cyanamid Company for 12 years. Audrey enjoys gardening, salt water fishing, and enjoying time with family at the shore. email@example.com
Music Ministry Staff
Peter Leibensperger, Music Ministry Director. Peter has been involved with PMC since 2009. Peter is a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he studies Music Theory. In 2008, he graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a B.M. in Music Theory. Peter has studied piano with Maria del Pico Taylor, composition with Matthew Greenbaum, and conducting with Paul S. Jones. His compositions include sacred works for the Tenth Chamber Players, Westminster Brass, for David Kim's solo album, The Lord Is My Shepherd, and for Anne Williams' CD, Sacred Music for Cello. At Princeton Meadow Church, he oversees the Praise Team and the Handbell Choir. Peter currently lives in Hamilton, NJ with his wife, Kelly. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Leibensperger, Children's Music Director. Kelly has served at Princeton Meadow Church since 2009. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from Temple University in 2009 with a B.M. in Music Education and Voice Performance. Kelly teaches Elementary and Middle School General/Choral Music at Southampton Schools #2 and #3 in Vincentown, NJ. She previously served as a teacher in the Schola Cantorum program at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia under the direction of Dr. Melissa Strong. In addition to starting the Children's Music Education Program at Princeton Meadow Church, Kelly enjoys attending Wednesday night bible study, singing in the Sanctuary Choir, ringing with the Handbell Choir, and leading worship with the Praise Team. She currently lives in Hamilton, NJ with her husband, Peter. email@example.com
Bernie Gonzalez, Music Ministry Associate. Bernie has been singing with our choir and Praise band since 2011. Bernie is a musician, performer, and educator who began his career in Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir. After 10 years as a chorister, Bernie earned the position of Proctor. Also a sought-after soloist, Bernie regularly sang on the nationally televised broadcast of The Coral Ridge Hour filmed at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Bernie continues to collaborate with the world's leading conductors, composers, and ensembles. He has toured extensively in North America, South America, Africa, and Europe. In addition to singing, he is also an avid cellist and guitar player. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Erickson, Director of Christian Life. Jim has been with Princeton Meadow Church since 2006 as the Director of Christian Life. He received his M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2006, following a call to ministry after a career in manufacturing. His compassion for people combined with his organizational skills serve to keep both ministries and administration of the church running smoothly.
Ed Simpson, Director of Student Ministries. Ed came on board in December 2008 with over fourteen years experience in student ministry. Ed has a passion for students and a strong vision to expand our student ministry. After little more than a year, the ministry has grown considerably, with students excited about the community they share at Princeton Meadow Church and the way Christ changes lives. Through mission trips, retreats, Bible studies, and plenty of time to hang out together in various settings, Ed is building momentum among our students to reach their friends and the world. Ed has a degree in Marketing/Business Management from University of Maryland and is co-owner of the skateboard company Omega Skateboards.
Debbie Barbet, Princeton Presbyterian Preschool Director. Debbie began the Princeton Meadow Preschool in 2007, after prior regional experience as the Director of Woodchuck Hollow Cooperative Nursery School from 2005-2008, and the Director of the Princeton Family YMCA Child Care from 2000-2005. She earned a BA degree from UMBC in 1987, and has taken numerous continuing education courses over the years in Early Childhood and Education Administration. Her love for children combined with over 15 years of early childhood expertise as both a teacher and administrator has led to the successful growth of the preschool in our community.