Carl was raised near Cape May, New Jersey. He came to know the Lord in 1952 at the Church of the Open Door in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He's served as elder at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Levittown, PA from 1954-1959, elder at the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Chatsworth, CA from 1959-1965 and as elder here at Hope since 1966.
Hootae is originally from Korea. He came to know Christ when the Lord came to him during a youth group worship service in high school. Hootae and his family moved to the area two years ago from Newark, Delaware, where he was an elder at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark (PCA). Hootae is a tax accountant working in New York City, and lives in Morrisville with his wife Hitomi, and children Jimmy, Hannah and Daniel. They have been members at Hope since 2008.
John is a lifelong resident of Central Jersey. He grew up in Old Bridge Township and has lived in South Brunswick since the early 1980's. John and his wife Linda met while attending Rutgers College. They were married shortly after John's graduation. John and Linda have three grown children. John was raised as a Catholic and attended church faithfully throughout his youth and into young adulthood. However, he didn't come to know the Lord until his early twenties when he was confronted by the claims of Christ. He subsequently accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord. John and Linda have been attending Hope since May of 2008 and have been members since 2009. John formerly served as a deacon at another PCA church.
Dave Watson, Clerk of session
Dave grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He was born into a church-going family and was active in the church until leaving for college when his own church attendance became somewhat sporadic. In 1990, the Lord really grabbed hold of him and Dave committed his life to Christ and soon after got involved with the PCA. Dave was ordained as a Deacon in the PCA in 1995. When he and his wife, Debra, moved to New Jersey in 2003, he joined Princeton Presbyterian Church and was ordained as an Elder there in 2004. Debra and Dave began coming to Hope in June of 2005 and he began serving on the (then) temporary Session. He and his wife have been members since 2007.
Jason grew up in both Bergen County, New Jersey and in Wisconsin. He entered into a deeper commitment to Christ when he was in college and attended InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He has been attending Hope Presbyterian Church for six years and has been a member since 2008. He has served as a Deacon for three years. Jason now works in corporate communications after working for 25 years as a newspaper journalist. Jason and Jane have been married for more than 20 years and they have four daughters, Abigail, Emma, Alicia and Rebecca.