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.
Shea Velloso is an organist from central New Jersey. He is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts where he earned his bachelor’s degree in organ performance. Shea’s teachers have included Antonius Bittmann, Mark Trautman and Paul Hoffman. He has pursued post-graduation studies with critically acclaimed organists Paul-Martin Maki and Gordon Turk. In 2004, Mr. Velloso was the recipient of The Elizabeth W. Durham Award for Excellence in Performance. He has performed recitals throughout New Jersey and New York City. He has appeared in concert on the national public radio show “Pipedreams” and on Metuchen Television.
Shea previously served as Director of Music at United Methodist Church at Milltown and at the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg. In addition to his job at Faith Lutheran Church, Velloso also serves as accompanist for Philomusica Choir. During the summer months, he enjoys working as an accompanist and rehearsal leader for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. He is also a past Dean of the American Guild of Organists: Middlesex Chapter.
Joanne Warin – Office Administrator
Joanne has been the Office Administrator since April 2015 and her primary function is to provide a welcoming, confidential, and positive environment for all Family members and visitors to the church. In addition, she provides support for all activities of the church as well as support services for the Pastor, Church Council, Ministry Associate, Music Director, Property Committee, Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee, Christian Education Committee, Sacred Stitchery, Altar Guild and Custodian as needed. Additionally, she provides support to numerous Task Forces and Coordinators.
Joanne has 30+ years administrative and office experience and has held numerous management and administrative positions in real estate and financial businesses. Joanne currently volunteers and participates in the following ministries: Facilitator at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, Co-chair Soup Kitchen ministry at St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, First Impressions Representative, Fellowship Committee, Roots and Wings, Exploratory Committee, Hospitality, and Immigration and Refugee Task Force.
She is married to Michael and they reside in New Providence and have been members of Faith since 2009.
She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading and cooking.