Meet The Staff

Matthew Cimorelli

Senior Pastor

PastorMattPastor Matt was raised in a Roman Catholic family as one of six children.  Because his father was in the Air Force, the family lived in several places, including Trier, Germany.  His family was very musical, and played music at a folk mass at the chapel on Fort Dix, NJ for three years in the early 1970s.  As a young boy he had a strong sense of call to the priesthood, but also felt called to be a husband and father.  After graduating high school in 1982, Pastor Matt worked a number of jobs, including HVAC technician, and technical school teacher.  Music and faith have been strongly connected throughout his life.  He was a volunteer church musician at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic church in Willingboro, NJ, for 8 years.  In 1984, he met Karen, the daughter of Pastor C. Paul and Dolores Strockbine.  Karen and he married on April 12, 1986, and were blessed by the birth of their daughter, Jillian, on March 2, 1994.

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Pastor Matt, still a Roman Catholic at the time, was certified in youth ministry in 1984, and participated in many forms of ministry, from youth and prison ministry to teaching bible studies and writing, performing, and recording contemporary Christian music with Karen and others.  During this time he realized that his understanding of the faith was not what was taught by the Roman Church, and he discovered a theological home in the writings of Luther and Melanchthon, as well as a worshiping home at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Tabernacle, NJ.  Under the mentorship of Pastor David Jones, Pastor Matt served as High School Youth Director at Lord of Life, and was heavily involved in the Music Ministry.

In September, 1991, he first inquired about becoming a Lutheran pastor.  He then completed an Associate of Arts Degree at Burlington County College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Thomas Edison State College, studying part-time while working two jobs.  Starting in 1999, in which year he was also a voting member at the Churchwide Assembly, Matthew attended The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia full time, from which he graduated in 2003.

Karen has served for six and a half years as a community mental health counselor. In 2013, she earned her Masters Degree in Psychological Rehabilitation Counseling. Karen was awarded the 2010 Direct Service Provider of the Year Award from the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey.

Jillian, is a professional actor, is studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in West Hollywood, CA. as a member of the class of 2014.

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Pastor Matt, pictured here at his ordination with Bishop Riley, former Bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA, was called as Senior Pastor of Reformation on July 25, 2010 and began serving in October of the same year. He is a member of the Synod Council until 2014, serves on the Synod Executive Team, serves as the Synod Partner in Worship, serves as a member of the Synod Assembly Planning Team, serves as a member of the Synod LGBT Task Group, is a member of the Board for Garden State Equality, is Executive Director of the NJ State Diakonia Program, and previously served as a member of the ELCA Presiding Bishop’s Roundtable on Student Debt from 2008 – 2010, and as a member of the Board of the Flemington Area Food Pantry.Work and Education

Debbie Keszler

Parish Administrator

Debbie2Debbie Keszler is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation and has been the Parish Administrator full time since August 2006. Debbie, among other duties, coordinates the use of the church building by three other congregations, eight 12-step programs, all church committee meetings, and use of the church Great Room by church members. Following Super Storm Sandy, at the request of the ELCA and discerned by the congregation, Reformation became a long term host site for volunteers coming in to help rebuild the Jersey Shore. The duties for all the coordination with Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Social Ministries, the volunteers from Reformation, the rescheduling of all the uses of the building and soliciting help from congregations throughout NJ were folded into Debbie’s already existing job as Parish Administrator.

In addition, Debbie leads the coordination, with a team of over 25, the running of the Reformation Community Food Pantry located on the grounds of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation.

 

Kevin Cotter

Choir Director

KevinKevin Cotter received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from William Paterson University in 2005. Kevin has been an instrumental music teacher at the elementary middle school and high school levels in both public and private schools for the past nine years. Away from teaching, Kevin is a active and in-demand professional brass musician on multiple instruments and has had the honor of achieving a two-time national championship during his nine year tenure with the Atlantic Brass Band in Glassboro, New Jersey. Kevin and his wife Lorraine were married at Reformation Lutheran Church in 2011 and have recently welcomed their Michael into baptism during this past Easter season. Kevin is honored to participate in the music ministry of our church and welcomes all members of our congregation to participate in vocal and instrumental music on all levels.