Robbie Ytterberg, Senior Pastor & Head of Staff, – [email protected]
The Rev. D. Robert (Robbie) Ytterberg has been serving the Lord in ministry in various locations for thirteen years, most recently as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, PA. He loves people, and has developed a love for the church and its potential to reach local communities and people around the world. He loves to help people grow in their relationship with Christ and use the gifts God has given them. Most of all, he has a heart for Christ.
Robbie earned his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He feels God has used this to shape his analytical and systems thinking in his ministry, teaching him about how the parts make up the whole. His experience at Fuller, among many other things, taught him to always relate his faith to “real life” people and experiences.
Pastor Ytterberg has a zeal for shaping lives for Christ, both old and young and in-between. The Lord has uniquely equipped him to serve as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at PCTR, not just with his experience, but also his warm, wise, friendly, and caring nature, and His heart for the Lord.
Robbie is married to Abby and together they have 3 kids, Wesley, Ella, and Liana.
Rev. Theresa Swenson – [email protected]
Theresa’s passion is building people up in their faith and helping them integrate their faith into their everyday life. The foundation verse of her call to ministry is John 17:3, “That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
She served as Pastor of Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville for the last year. Prior to that, she served as Associate Pastor at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank for 8 years with a focus on discipleship and pastoral care.
She worked 30 years in the corporate world in computer systems management. She retired from corporate life and then completed her seminary training at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 2010.
Theresa is a Jersey girl, born and raised in north Jersey and now lives in Red Bank with her husband Eric. She has two daughters and two grandsons.
Dr. Josh Melson, Director of Music Ministries – [email protected]
We are blessed by Josh’s accomplished musicianship. He brings a fresh and exciting approach to music in each of our worship services. Josh joined the PCTR staff in 2006, and directs the Sanctuary Choir and the Chancel Handbell Choir. Additionally, Josh plays the organ and piano in worship, works closely with the pastors and other music staff to plan and lead worship, and oversees the Ocean Classic Concert Series. Josh received a Bachelor of Music degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, a Master’s Degree in Music from The University of Kansas, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He is an adjunct professor at Ocean County College and serves as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for Music in Worship for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Michael Barozzie, Director of Children’s Ministry & Music Ministry – [email protected]
Michael has been a member of PCTR’s staff since September of 2001. Originally brought on to help facilitate contemporary worship, he directs the “Sounds of Truth” vocalists and “The River of Life Band”, who lead music for the Contemporary worship services. He also enjoys writing Contemporary Christian music for use in worship. For the last several years, Michael has also directed the church’s various children’s choirs, as well as music for “Vacation Bible School”. He also partners with Westminster Nursery School to provide several “Rainbow Kids” assemblies each year as an outreach to the children and their families. In addition to his work in the area of music ministry, in 2015 Michael joyfully accepted the additional role as PCTR’s Director of Children’s Ministry, and is grateful for the opportunity to build deeper relationships with the children of the church and their families. He is married to Jennifer, his wife of 17 years and they have twin boys, Matthew and David.
Scott Slawson, Director of Youth Ministry – [email protected]
Scott Slawson joined our staff in 2014 as the Director of Youth Ministry where he oversees the ministry to our Middle School & High School Students. Scott along with his wife, Ryan, and young son, Eli, come to us from Northern Virginia where he served as the Director of Youth Ministry at the Ashburn Presbyterian Church for 8 years. Scott attended Eastern University where he graduated with a double Major in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies. Scott comes with great excitement for reaching out to students and connecting them with the life of the church here at PCTR!
Pat Grill, Director of Adult Discipleship – [email protected]
Pat has been an active member of PCTR since 1972 and joined the staff in 2008. Pat has degrees in English and Elementary Education, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration. She spent 31 years in the TR school district. Over the years, she has taught the Bethel Bible series, adult seminar classes, senior high fellowship groups, VBS, and Sunday school; and, as an Elder, she has served a number of terms on Session. Now, Pat facilitates the Monday night LIF (Living In Faith) Adult Fellowship and Study, Sunday morning and Tuesday morning Bible classes, Couples Bible Study (with her husband, Bob), the Women’s Retreats, Lenten studies, summer Bible studies, and is a coordinator for VBS. Pat was also the 2015 champion of the PCTR Fantasy Football League.
Westminster Nursery School
Director: Michele Zaragoza ([email protected])
Treasurer: Elizabeth Thomson
The Session and Board of Trustees
Moderator of Session: Rev. Robbie Ytterberg
President, Board of Trustees: Sandy Ross
Clerk of Session/Secretary, Board of Trustees: Dan Raisch
Vice President, Board of Trustees: Dawn Hans
Treasurer: David Shipman