Our Pastor

Pastor Donald Kirschner feels incredibly blessed and extremely excited to be a part of all God is doing at Boonton UMC! Although originally from Sun Valley, CA, he moved to Waxahachie, TX at the age of 11, and now finds himself calling NJ home. Before coming to Boonton, he served as pastor at the First UMC of Mt. Holly in Mt. Holly, NJ from July, 2015-June, 2018, first as part of a Young Clergy Initiative while in seminary and then as a licensed local pastor for his third year of ministry there. In 2014, he received his B.A. in both Psychology and Christian Ministries from Azusa Pacific University in southern CA. In 2017, he completed his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Pastor Donald is passionate about exploring new avenues to reach out to those who are marginalized, discovering creative ways to do church, and forming meaningful spaces of encounter whereby people can experience the transforming love and grace of God. He enjoys running long distances, singing and playing guitar, writing reflective journal entries, and spending time with his wife Katherine, whom he met during his first semester of seminary and married on October 21, 2017. Katherine is also a minister and is an associate pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair. Pastor Donald looks forward to all that is ahead and can’t wait to see what God has in store for the church and the surrounding community in the years to come!

Our Staff

Theresa Lefkowitz – Secretary
Bob Gustafson – Music Director
Annette Thurkauf – Lay Leader & Financial Chair
Karen Korinda – Admin. Chair
Patty Collins РSPRC Chair
Doug Phelps – Trustees Chair
Janet Beam – Senior Ministry
Michelle Albano – Youth Ministry & S.E.A.R.C.H.