Pastor - In a historic congregational meeting on Sunday December 15, 2013 the members of Kingston Presbyterian Church voted to approve the recommendation of the Pastor Nominating Committee to call Rev. Sharyl M. Dixon to be the church’s full-time Pastor. Rev. Dixon began her pastorate at KPC on January 1st, 2014. Pastor Sharyl and her husband Peyton will live at the manse adjacent to the church.
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005.
B.A. in History & Social Science, California State University at Chico, 1992.
(Please note: Sharyl rhymes with Carl)
Sharyl Dixon was born at Travis Air Force Base in California (CA). From age 3 until 11, her family was stationed in Florida, Spain, Las Vegas and finally returned to California, just over the hill from Travis AFB. There, up against the coastal hills and central valley of California, Sharyl attended school, was an active member of her church and a leader in her community.
During her college years, she spent time leading youth groups and working at a Presbyterian summer camp and began to explore her call to ministry. She received her BA from California State University at Chico in history and social science.
Over the past 20 years, Sharyl has served churches in California and Aberdeen, Scotland, the University Chapel at Princeton, Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY, and most recently the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run in PA, where she was associate pastor. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and is looking forward to returning to the Garden State.
In her spare time, Sharyl is a proud aunt, loves to read, kayak and cook. Recently she married Philadelphia’s favorite John Adams interpreter, Peyton Dixon, and is finding great joy in her new role as wife.
Music Director - Jean Volk has held the position of KPC Music Director since April 2013. Jean earned her undergraduate degree in music education at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., a J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School in Newark, and an M.B.A. Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a professor in the Department of Accounting, Business and Legal Studies at Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J. Jean has taught at the college since 1982 and she has been a member of the Bar of the State of New Jersey since 1980.
In addition to legal work, Jean works part-time as a church organist and choir director and directs an acappella ensemble, Saint Paul Seven. She has served area churches in various Protestant denominations including Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Baptist traditions. A member of AGO (American Guild of Organists, she has been published in TAO (The American organist) and has served as dean of the Middlesex Chapter. She is also a member of Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR/American Guild of English Hangell Ringers) and Choristers Guild.
Please contact Jean at music(at)kingstonPresbyterian.org.
Other Staff Members:
Church Office Manager - Kathleen Garber - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursery Care - Debbie Schultz and Lyndi Schmitt
Custodians - Lee Enochs and Marty Grasselli