ARISE! 

ARISE! The Kingdom is calling! Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church is a family-friendly church with a rich history and deep roots in the community. As we look ahead, we are sowing new seeds for the future and fruitfulness of our church. We envision a flourishing, Christ-centered community where all generations GATHER together as a family of believers to worship God; GROW in our relationships with God and with each other; and GO out to serve and share the love of Jesus with our neighbors near and far. 

Gather

We will build the church family with inviting experiences for people to worship, connect, and serve together – a place where people choose to GATHER.


FOR WORSHIP

Offer even richer traditional and contemporary worship services, create stronger combined services, and explore new options such as livestreaming.


FOR CONNECTING

Create a welcoming environment for first-time guests and engaging opportunities for newcomers and members to connect together as a church family.


FOR SERVING & RETAINING

Provide a smooth process to guide people from guest to fully engaged church member, where any person can find a place to learn, grow, and serve. 


YEAR ONE

  • Conduct quarterly church-wide events, may be existing or new: Offer engaging opportunities for our church family to gather together as one body, as well as invite friends from the community to participate in the life of our church.
  • Improve guest/welcome experience: Cultivate a friendly environment so that first-time visitors and newcomers feel welcome, including interior/exterior upgrades and a stronger digital presence.
  • Create a comprehensive path of engagement/assimilation: Provide a clear pathway for any person - young or old, new believer or mature in faith - to find a place to learn, grow, and serve.
  • Explore specific demographics and underserved relationships: Seek ways to connect with specific demographics and underserved populations in and around LCPC.

Grow

We will inspire spiritual growth for people at every stage of their faith journey through prayer, study, and leadership – a place where people GROW to be more like Christ.


DEEPER

Deepen our faith through spiritual growth opportunities for all ages and life stages – including classes, studies, and groups - that draw us closer to God and to each other. 


CLOSER IN PRAYER

Establish a foundation of prayer in our church and in our lives that leads to greater intimacy with God and impact in our community. 


IN LEADERSHIP

Raise up and equip a new generation of servant leaders through mentoring and training, helping them discover, develop, and deploy their spiritual gifts inside and outside the church. 


YEAR ONE

  • Develop a process for connecting people with the right group: Evaluate and expand study/small group opportunities and provide a well-defined curriculum pathway for spiritual growth.
  • Re-energize StudentLife youth program: Build a thriving middle and high school ministry to equip young people for a lifetime of faith in Christ.
  • Develop and implement a universal prayer list: Explore ways to enable and encourage people in their prayer life, and connect our faith community through prayer.
  • Develop leadership training for adults and youth: Develop a model to equip and onboard young and new leaders to serve.

Go

We will GO into the community to serve and give others opportunities to know Christ – a place that cares, serves, and transforms people through the gospel.


HOST EVENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY

Leverage our facilities and ministries to invite people from the community to our church with compelling programming that is relevant to their lives.


JOIN EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY

Join in the life of the local community to address unmet needs, serve others, and extend the love of Christ beyond our walls.


REACH THE NEXT GENERATION

Build a vibrant community of students and young adults with relational opportunities to serve and live life together.


YEAR ONE

  • Leverage natural connections with TCC families and ministries: Build on existing ministries and current partnerships to engage new people from the community at LCPC.
  • Join and serve two non-Christian events in the community (i.e., Charter Day): Increase our presence in the community by joining and serving local events.
  • Design and build a young adult ministry: Explore ways to engage and encourage individuals from college grad to family life at LCPC and invite them to participate in the life of the church.
  • Create a strategic initiative to connect with the Hills community, in the Hills community: Find ways to connect with our neighbors where they live.

ARISE! Team

Meet the ARISE! Team, who will champion and shepherd Liberty Corner Church's three-year vision plan. Contact a team member if you would like to be involved.

  • Elizabeth has been attending LCPC for about 10 years, where she has been involved as an Elder, Transition Team, Women's Ministry, Student Ministry, and Hearts For Honduras. She is a part-time grant writer for America's Grow-a-Row, a hunger relief organization. 


    Elizabeth has been married to Mark for 30 years, and they have two children, Matt, a graduate student in St. Louis, and Anna, a college student at George Washington University. She enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, baking, and playing with her dog, Scout.

  • Jim Buccini has been a member of LCPC for nearly 20 years. He presently serves on Session, as a Stephen Minister, and as a Team Leader in Spiritual Growth. Jim works full-time as a CFO, and serves on the board of the Good News Home for Women, a Christian residential program for women overcoming addictions, and on the board of The Children’s Hope Initiative, a non-profit that helps meet needs of Somerset County’s abused and neglected children. He is excited to serve on the Implementation Team and to help the “GO team” implement its action plans. 


    Jim enjoys Bible study, reading, classical guitar, hiking, and travel. He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Lisa and Laura, sons-in-law Ryan and Angel, and grandchildren, Jade and Drake.  


  • Steve and his wife Shayne have lived in Millington, NJ since 1990 and have been members of LCPC for about 26 years. They have two children, Connor and Catherine, who were both raised in Liberty Corner youth programs. Steve has worked in sales and sales management for over 30 years, and currently sells commercial solar across New Jersey. 


    At LCPC, Steve has served as a Stephen Minister, Deacon, and as a head usher in the traditional service for the last 24 years. Steve enjoys golf, gardening, baking, and his family.

  • Katherine Ma has been a member of LCPC for about seven years, where she serves as a Stephen Minister, Stephen Leader, and most recently as a member of the Catalyst Team. She also participates in the Women's Bible Study group. 


    Katherine has one son, who lives and works near Chicago as a Chemical Engineer. Currently, Katherine serves as a volunteer EMT with the Basking Ridge Fire Company No. 1 and on the board of the Good News Home For Women. Prior to that, Katherine practiced as a corporate counsel for over twenty years, most recently with Honeywell International Inc., based in Morris Plains, NJ. She plans on going back to school for social work focusing on family counseling as a second career. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys leading hikes and camping trips in North Jersey. She also enjoys traveling, the theater, singing, dancing, and playing board games.

  • Rich has been an active participant at LCPC for 21 years and a member since 2008. He recently completed his sixth year as a member of the Board of Trustees, including three as Secretary. Prior to that he served six years on Endowment of which three were as Chair. In 2018 Rich was a member of the Catalyst Team.


    Rich enjoys serving others. In 2015, he started a prayer chain for clients of the food bank at Freedom Ministries. When he is able Rich likes to serve an overnight shift at Interfaith Hospitality Network. He made two trips to Hearts for Honduras and served at the eye clinic. He initiated and led “A Time for Service,” which was a small group for families with children devoted to performing acts of service for others in our community. He has worked on projects at World Impact, Habitat for Humanity, and New City Kids. Rich and his wife Sharon have led Connect Groups for the past three years. Rich and his wife are empty nesters. They have two daughters. Kristen lives in San Francisco and Katie lives in Pittsburgh.  

  • Rick has been attending LCPC since 2012 and became a member of the church five years ago, along with his wife Randy. He’s been involved in the church’s men’s ministry and Bible studies over the years as well. Their son Collin and his wife Courtney are also very active members of the church. Their daughter Lauren and her husband Kevin live in California.


    Rick’s professional career has been in healthcare over the last 40 years, with Johnson & Johnson, Becton Dickinson and then his own consulting firm and start-up. He’s now working for a global research and consulting firm, Evalueserve.

  • Donna lives in Basking Ridge with her husband Rex, two daughters Brittany and Alyssa, and their Shih-Tzu Bella. She has enjoyed a successful career in marketing, innovation, and driving strategic growth, currently working as a consultant with OxfordSM to uncover growth opportunities for companies including Pepsi, Bayer, Colgate, Campbells, J&J, Mondelez, and GSK.  


    Since joining LCPC several years ago, Donna has participated in several ministries, including serving Interfaith Hospitality Network guests and as an IHN board member, assisting each summer with Vacation Bible School, and participating in women’s bible study.

What to Expect

As We Move Forward, We are Committed to:

  • Biblical preaching
  • Two distinct worship services  
  • A strong children’s and student ministry  
  • Local and global outreach

Watch For:

  • Attendance reflecting our local community
  • Improved guest/welcome experience and a clearly defined path of engagement
  • Enhanced spiritual growth opportunities
  • An active student ministry and growing young adult/ professional ministry
  • Improved digital presence
  • Leadership reflecting all generations
  • Improvements to church buildings and campus
  • More opportunities for community connections and outreach
  • Increase in Sunday attendance, baptisms and membership


Contact

If you have questions, please contact a member of the ARISE! Team (above) or a member of Session.