Bringing faith to life by loving God and serving others.
We are a warm, inviting Christian community where everyone is welcome. It is the purpose and desire of the First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown to open our doors to anyone seeking love and acceptance. Inspiring worship experiences and challenging learning opportunities encourage us to serve others as well as to laugh and play together.
We believe that the Christian faith should be lived rather than memorized. We allow ourselves the freedom to ask difficult questions about God, about our world, and about how we are to live our lives to the fullest. Wherever you are along your journey through life, we will help you find encouragement and support, rest and refreshment, joy and laughter, inspiration and challenge.
Meet Our New Pastor
Our congregation met Sunday, September 7, and unanimously voted to affirm the Call of Rev. Lisa Day to be our next called pastor. Rev. Day's first service as our pastor will be World Communion Sunday, October 5.
Some facts about Lisa
Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 43:1-2
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
My experience of the life of faith and faithful obedience to God’s call is not that we will be spared floods and fire, trials and pain, but that our faithful Triune God who created us, knows us, names us and loves us, will keep company with us in those hard places, and bring us through.
- Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div. 2007
- UCLA School of Law, J.D. 1986
- Occidental College, A.B. English, Magna Cum Laude, 1983, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board
- Participating as a Fellow at the Engle Institute for Preaching at Princeton Seminary, while sharing laughter, stories and prayers of gratitude with my newest dear friend, Barbara Heck.
- Lisa worked 20 years as an attorney representing low income clients and persons with disabilities in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
- Lisa’s work in the church before ordination included teaching middle school and adult classes, working with elementary, middle and high school youth groups, developing intergenerational learning, fellowship and worship experiences, chairing VBS, and leading women’s retreats.
- Since 2008, Lisa has served as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Older Adult Ministry at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church
BIOGRAPHY OF REV. LISA M. DAY
No stranger to diverse contexts, I grew up on Guam after my dad’s retirement as a Navy pilot. My best friends were Filipino, Chamorro, Korean and my extended family comes in a variety of beautiful hues, religious perspectives and political beliefs. We are knit together by love.
Following graduation from UCLA Law School, I enjoyed the adventure of 20 years’ service as an attorney for poor clients, and persons with physical and cognitive disabilities, first in a mostly Latino neighborhood in L.A., then in Philadelphia. I loved my vocation as advocate, but felt my heart singing in my work in the church. Thus, God called me to Princeton Theological Seminary as a single mom in my 40’s, beginning one of my best adventures.
Since 2008, I have served as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care & Older Adult Ministry at Swarthmore Presbyterian. In addition to worship leadership, pastoral care and teaching, I support the deacons, am a Stephen Leader, and resource for the Financial Stewardship team. I helped develop and regularly lead Church Family Worship, a lively inter-active, inter-generational service. I have been delighted that the Spirit has led me to serve God with your extraordinarily loving, vital, mission-minded congregation.
In me, you will find a pastor with a passion for fostering inter-generational relationships through shared learning, worship and fellowship; who appreciates the gifts, perspectives and good company of folks of all ages, abilities and cultures; who has a heart for social justice and ministry; who is unafraid to walk with those in the parts of our faith journey marked by lament and doubt; and who is open to discovering and nurturing the God-given gifts of all people. I am eager to encourage and challenge you to further growth in faithfulness as God brings faith to life in you. Of particular interest to me is learning together how to engage in outreach so that we go from being a welcoming church to being an inviting one, able to tell with joy and conviction the story of God at work in our lives and our congregation. I am also eager to engage members to live a grateful response to God’s grace in the ways we spend our money, energy and time, in the Church and in the world.
In me, you will find a pastor who leads from and with her heart. I am humbled by the grace God has extended to me by calling us together, and by your grace in discerning that Call. I pledge myself, my soul and mind and strength and especially my heart, to serve God, you and the beloved members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown with energy, intelligence, imagination and love.
My deepest joy and best call has been as single parent to Elizabeth (21), a physics major at Denison University, and 19 year-old twins Hannah (Muhlenberg College) and Joe (Ursinus College). I am an avid Phillies fan, Broadway lover, tow path walker, and, since losing 80 pounds in 2013, am endeavoring to love biking at least as much as I love brownies.