ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Paul F. Rack will begin his tenure as the new pastor of our First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands this Sunday.

We hope you will fill the pews and give him a warm and rousing welcome.

He will be the 21st pastor in the 113-year history of our church.

Reverend Rack will conduct his first worship service at 11 a.m., which is a change from the long-standing 10 a.m. service start. The Hope Presbyterian Church in Tinton Falls, with which we will be sharing his services as pastor, will now begin its Sunday worship at 9 a.m.


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He succeeds the Rev. Michael Riley, who was pastor at our Presbyterian Church for over three years until this past spring.

Reverend Rack’s first sermon is entitled “Left Behind” and will deal with living in the present while anticipating God’s coming.

Our new pastor, who lives in Martinsville in Somerset County, has been an ordained minister for 32 years and has been interim pastor at the Hope Presbyterian Church since 2011. He is also the stated clerk of the Presbytery of Elizabeth.

Previously he has been a pastor in upstate New York and Massachusetts and at New Jersey churches in Martinsville, Woodbridge, Fanwood and Pittstown.

He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Albany (SUNY) and a masters of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

His wife, Susan, is pastor of the Christ Presbyterian Church, in Martinsville. 

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