Welcome To
The First Presbyterian Church Of Lakewood

Upcoming Schedule

Worship Sessions: Sunday 10am

Upcoming Schedule

Office Hours: Wednesday 9am-1pm

Upcoming Schedule

Theological Statement of Belief

•  We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that faith in Him leads to salvation and eternal life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, are an instrument of God to make the gospel of Christ known to others. We believe that, by the grace of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and through repentance, we have forgiveness of our sins. As we await the Lord's return, we are striving to fulfill Christ's Great Commission and to serve others through love and unity.

We seek, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be steadfast witnesses to the Good News by faithfully proclaiming God's Word, by holding fast to the power of prayer, by supporting and encouraging one another and by seeking God's will in all that we do.

We are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the Gospel, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere. We will not grow weary in doing what is good.

(Philippians 1:27, II Thessalonians 3:1, 13)

Our Staff --Pastor Rick LaFever

A New Jersey native, began his ministry at Lakewood First Presbyterian in February, 2013. Before coming to Lakewood, he worshipped at First Presbyterian of Hightstown where he married his wife, served as an elder, chaired a number of committees, and was board president during his tenure.  

In 2007, Rick was invited to the Presbyterian Commissioned Lay Pastor program. Rick completed his studies at Dubuque Theological Seminary. While waiting for his first assignment, Rick served as a pulpit supply pastor for the Monmouth Presbytery until he came to Lakewood First as a Commissioned Ruling Elder for Pastoral Service, the first one commissioned in Monmouth Presbytery history.
Pastor Rick is married to Ann, whom he met while in college.

Pastor Reflections

When I first came here as your pastor, I said that the faith of this church needed to be shared and the building needed to be used. It is heartwarming to know that for 150 years, this con­gregation's faith certainly has been shared, and the building has been used for much more than a gathering place of worship. Over the years, the entire circle of life has been celebrated on our grounds. The church has a rich history of outreach, among others with a food pantry and, until very recently, a soup kitchen for the needy. As the demographics of the greater Lakewood area have changed, our membership has shrunk in size. But this church still reach­es out with a very active Session and Board of Deacons, a strong prayer group, and events like Souper Bowl Sunday. We have opened the doors of our sanctuary to Unity Deliverance Church so its members can hold their church services in "a house of God."

If we were to look around our own or our parents' attics, what would we find? Is your tricy­cle there or your first doll, maybe your report card from elementary school, and old pictures of long forgotten events and times? You would cherish the memories more than you would miss these things. The same holds true for the memories of this church. I'm sure you will have fond memories, happy memories, and yes, I'm sure, some sad memories. But this church has impacted a great number of people, and the memories are countless. That is a gift all by itself!

Many of you have shared memories of Sunday school and of youth events. The church had several bowling teams over the years, and various women's groups. There were adult choirs, youth choirs and bell choirs, and we hosted many wonderful musicians over the years. Some of you are members because your parents were members, and their parents be­fore them. Many of you were baptized here, confirmed here, married here, and had your own children grow up here. What a legacy for this church to have, what an outstanding state­ment of faith!

God has blessed this church and its congregation for 150 years. In return, our congregation continues to be faithful and prayerful. The members are committed servants of God, this community, and of each other. We have so much to be proud of and so much to be thankful for. It is indeed an honor for me to be your pastor, and an absolute joy to celebrate this mile­stone with all of you. God bless!