Church Staff
Who we are

Pastor - Sarah Cairatti

Sarah grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, and graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and Union Theological Seminary in NYC.  At Union she fell in love with creative ministry and her husband, Brian!  Prior to coming to our church, Pastor Sarah was the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Families at a church in Virginia.  She also led the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program in Washington DC. 

You can read her blog, with adapted sermons here: twocoppercoinsblog.wordpress.com

“In God’s body, the Church, we tell stories, share experiences of wonder, and pray – confident that God who made us and rose from death, will not let us go.”

 

Director of Youth Ministries & Handbell Choir- Joanne Joy Willans

As Director of Youth Ministries Joanne oversees all the youth programs of the Church.  Joanne also has served as Joyful Noise Handbell Choir Director for over 25 years along with several impromptu youth choirs.  She completed her music studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and at West Minster Choir College.  She then continued her education at The College of Saint Elizabeth where she doubled in Religious Education and Youth/Young Adult Ministry.  Prior to her tenure at FPCW Joanne was an instrumental music teacher in the Hanover Township Public Schools.  Joanne and her husband Steve live in Whippany and have four children.

"Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly about you...no one would believe it!"

 

Choir Director and Organist - Francesco Santelli


Francesco directs the choir and is also an accomplished organist and pianist.  He completed studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.  In addition to his duties at Whippany First, Francesco is Composer in Residence and Conductor with the Assisi Music Festival in Italy and the founder and Artistic Director of the Garden State Opera.

 

 

Church Secretary - Denise Lee

Denise administers the Church office and manages church communications, publications, membership information, and record-keeping.  A native of Whippany, Denise worked as an accountant prior to joining the church staff over 15 years ago.

Denise can be reached at the church office Monday through Thursday in the mornings.