United Presbyterian Church of West Orange

To listen to a portion of Becca's CD, click on the button to the right.


As of December 1, 2012, Becca has returned to part-time ministry following her bone marrow transplant in June of 2012 (for acute myeloid leukemia).  She is so thankful for this “second birth” (courtesy of her donor, her Dad!).  

Born and bred in central New Jersey, Becca is a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary.  She was ordained to Ministry of the Word and Sacrament on September 24, 1989 and served as an associate pastor at Park Presbyterian Church in Newark, NY.  In January of 1993, she was called as pastor of Patterson Memorial Presbyterian Church.  In  April of 2010, she became the pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange.  

Along with her passion for ministry, Becca is a musician.  She sings in the professional a capella group, The Princeton Singers.

Healing Music Ministry
Rev. Becca helped start the Healing Music Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, which she led for ten years and where she played harp, keyboard or sang for people at the bedside. The program brings in certified musicians and harpists to play music at the bedside to promote a healing environment.  Music has been shown to relax patients, calm anxiety, calm breathing, and decrease pain.  Becca has recorded some of the music she wrote for this work on a CD, "A Drop of Peace."  To listen to a portion of Becca's CD, 
click on the arrow to the right.

Rev. Rebecca Migliore

Pastoral Associate: Minister Kimberly Braxton


Minister Kimberly Braxton is the first person In her immediate family to graduate from college and after graduation she had her heart set on a career in corporate america. However, on December 18, 1996, God intervened and her life was completely transformed. She discovered she had a passion for God's Word and was able to make the difficult topics of scripture easy to understand. Her ministry characteristics are a deep scholarly understanding of scripture with a twist of humor. Min. Braxton has a gift for teaching the Old Testament and is known for speaking truth to power. In 2007 she graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological seminary with a concentration in theology. 

When her nose isn’t buried in a book (or listening to podcasts) you can be sure to find her on road trip adventures with friends making memories.

Ann Marie Cerciello
Music Director:  Ann Marie Cerciello
A native of Florham Park, NJ, Ann Marie is a graduate of St. Elizabeth College.  She has spent her years in and out of the classroom teaching mathematics, and being drawn away by her other love: music.  Ann Marie has directed and music directed community theater, she owned and operated a theater company, Harmony Theater, for several years, and she has accompanied and music directed at churches since she was 15.  She also currently serves as the Music Director of the Orpheus Club of Newark, a men's chorus founded in 1888.  

Gerard Barros
Office Administrator:  Gerard Barros

A native of Newark, Gerard is a graduate of Rutgers University. For more than 20 years, he has been an employee of the City of Newark, in the areas of Human Resources and Public Relations. In addition to currently working at the Church, Gerard is a multi-instrumental musician who performs with his vocalist/wife Diane at various restaurants, festivals, libraries, assisted living facilities and private functions.


Sexton:  Jorge Sanchez


In a Presbyterian church, the governing authority is vested primarily in laypersons, known as Elders, who serve on Session.  The Elders are chosen democratically by the people in the congregation, and are responsible for the life of the church.  The Session members are as follows:
Karen Boettinger, (Clerk/3)F. Sec
Martha Curry, Treasurer*
Jamelle Straker

KC Burton
Jean McBlain (Recorder/3) 
Don Mettler, Pres. of Corp

Class of 2022
Jan Carden *
Loreen Daniels
Ozzie Gerald
Barbara Toriello*

UPC Corporation and St. Cloud Corporation

Donald Mettler, President of the Corporations

Martha Curry, Treasurer

Karen Boettinger, Secretary


The Board of Deacons serve as a ministry of sympathy, witness and service.  Deacons have the responsibility of care of our community and mission outreach.  The members of the Board of Deacons are:


Joseph Boettinger

Essexe Burton

Hilda Condos

Sandy Crouse

Ellen Donofrio


Jean Dorceley

Judy Hahn

Lon Ingram

Irene McCann

Anna McMahon

Tracey Malloy

Carol Reister

Michael Straker

Bob Sherwood

Junior Officer:

Sabrina Montouth

20 Old Indian Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
The United Presbyterian Church of West Orange is handicapped-accessible.