Pastor Jane McCready is a New Jersey native who is a lifelong Lutheran. She was baptized at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Keyport and growing up was a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Middletown. She has a B.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and received her Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence since 1996. Pastor Jane worked in arts administration and as a Legal Assistant for several years, and was invited to join the administrative staff at Faith in 2003. Pastor Jane graduated from Seminary in May 2014, was called by Faith, ordained and began serving the congregation as their Pastor in June 2014.
Pastor Jane currently serves as Chair of the Family Promise Union County Community Board; Chair of the New Providence-Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy Group; Chair, First Contact and Coordinator of the New Providence-Berkeley Heights Community Emergency Group; and is a member of The New Jersey Synod Mission Advocacy Table.
As part of her theological training, Pastor Jane had a variety of field opportunities that broadened and enriched her church experience. In addition to Faith, she worked as a chaplain intern and did her clinical training at Overlook Hospital in Summit; Field Education at Zion Lutheran Church in Rahway; and Internship at St. Stephan’s Grace Community in Newark.
Pastor Jane’s has been a subtle call to ministry that has been ongoing throughout her life. Pastor Jane’s church service includes Assisting Minister, Altar Guild, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher, and Sanctuary Choir member and soloist. She has coordinated the Broadway House AIDS ministry and volunteers since its inception; has traveled to Tennessee with the Appalachian Ministry Team for several years; has served on a Call Committee, Christian Education Committee, Church Council, Worship & Music Committee, and the Confirmation Retreat Planning Task Force. She coordinated and chaperoned Faith’s delegation to the ELCA Youth Gathering, was the Summer Program Coordinator and the Youth & Family Ministry Committee Co-chair.
Pastor Jane has been recognized for her leadership in the community, as a Girl Scout leader and at her children’s schools. In addition to spending time with her husband and three children, she enjoys traveling, New York City, the theater, museums, music and sports.