Welcome to The First Reformed Church (FRC)
Below you will find information or links to help you get to know a little bit about us. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Who We Are
First Reformed Church is a family! We are not perfect, but we're striving to love people and our community as we model our lives after Christ. We are teachers, doctors, community leaders, retail workers, cooks, and so much more. All are welcome to come into our open doors, and our hearts are open, too.
Walking through the doors of The First Reformed Church is only one step in what we hope is a long journey of faith, growth and service. Church is about much more than sitting in a building for one hour a week. The church is God's gathered people, scattered into the world, to be the people of God. We want to help you find your way toward a meaningful and transformative experience.
What We Believe
"We believe Jesus, the Son of God, entered our broken world and lived a life that reveals God to us and tells us who we are: beings created by God in God’s image who suffer in a broken world.
Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God and suffered and died on a cross to create the way for people to be reconnected to God, as we were created to be. God brought Jesus to life again—defeating death—and Jesus returned to his Father in heaven.
Because Jesus died and rose again, we can live in hope for a better life in this world and in eternity with God.
To connect with this new life and hope, we need to recognize that we have big issues that we can’t fix ourselves, accept Christ’s claim that he is the Son of God and the way to new life, and allow God to lead us into a new relationship with him."
The Rev. Kathleen Edwards Chase (otherwise known as P.K.), Lead Pastor
Kathleen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma. For six years, she worked in Marketing and Communications for Financial Corporations before attending Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, earning her Masters of Divinity. She was awarded and completed a fellowship post-Master's at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Afterward, she did doctoral work at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Ordained as a Minister of Word & Sacrament in 1997, her first call was to the Woodstock Reformed Church in Woodstock, NY, where she served from 1997 - 2006 and her second call was to First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, NJ, where she has served since 2006. She is the first woman to serve at the helm of both congregations.
Kathleen has served in the Reformed Church in America on both a local and national levels. She has served on various denominational commissions and committees, emceed at General Synod events, been a keynote speaker at women’s retreats, and served on leadership teams. She is a proud member of the Pequannock Valley Rotary Club and serves on the Advisory Board of Trustees for our local hospital, Chilton Medical Center. She is on the Board of Directors for Community Partners for Hope, a non-profit organization she helped found. In 2018, Kathleen was named Pequannock Citizen of the Year for the Township.
She is completely devoted to her two children, Emmy & Caden. When not busy with the church, she can be found outside with family and friends doing some adventurous activity. Kathleen loves gardening, running, skiing, biking, and hiking.
Dave Sippel, Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Dave came to First Reformed Church in August of 2015. He enjoys speaking for youth camps and retreats. He has also been a seminar speaker at several youth and young adult ministry training events. Dave has also done some writing for the Immerse Journal Online and the Princeton Seminary youth ministry blog.
Dave began working in youth ministry during the summer of 1994. From 2001 to 2011 he served as a youth and young adult director at three of the largest United Methodist churches in Florida. From 2008 to 2016 he consulted with churches from 34 different states representing 13 different denominations.
Dave is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. He is currently taking classes at Western Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Dave is married to Teresa, and they have two sons; Grant and Cade. Dave loves the outdoors. He camps and hikes often. He can also be found kayak fishing every chance he gets.