Slackwood Presbyterian Church is excited to introduce its new pastor, Ryan Irmer. Ryan grew up in San Diego, CA, received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from The University of California - Santa Barbara, and later, a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from California State University - Chico. For many years Ryan enjoyed being a physical education teacher and basketball coach. However, hearing and responding to God's call to ministry, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he will earn a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education.
Ryan's wife, Amelia, is very familiar with this area. While Ryan was studying, Amelia was quite active in Lawrenceville and Trenton. She worked at the Trenton Farmer's Market, then for two years in Trenton at The Crisis Ministry as their Housing Stability Coordinator. Currently Amelia works as the Office Coordinator in the Religious Ministries Department at the University Medical Center- Princeton at Plainsboro. Their daughter, Alison, born on St. Patrick's Day, 2008, is enjoying new educational experiences and meeting new friends at Slackwood Elementary School.
Ryan and his family spent 2014-2015 in Northern Ireland as the Assistant Minister at Groomsport Presbyterian Church. It was a year filled with wonderful opportunities and experiences for the entire family which they will never forget. Ryan is excited to guide people towards the love and grace of Jesus Christ while serving, leading, and building lasting relationships at Slackwood Presbyterian and in our surrounding communities.
Director of Music Shelley Sanders Zuckerman
The Director of Music, Shelley Sanders Zuckerman, is a life-long Presbyterian who brings to Slackwood a deep love for liturgy and music. She has degrees in organ and choral conducting as well as in divinity and liturgy, and she is committed to congregational music as a means of Christian formation and discipleship. From dancing before the ark, to standing in awe on hallowed ground, to bearing balm to wounded souls, we at Slackwood seek to live out life as the Body of Christ in our music!