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Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Welcomes Noted Conductor, Deborah Simpkin King, PhD, as its Interim Director of Music

Plainfield, NJ; August 10, 2017………. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (CAPC), one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and historic churches, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Simpkin King, PhD, as its new Interim Director of Music. In addition, Dr. King will serve as the Artistic Director of the church-sponsored Crescent Concerts Series, a multi-disciplinary presentation of vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral music events for the residents of Plainfield and the surrounding communities.

In her role as Director of Music, Dr. King will lead the Chancel Choir, serve as the organist during services and organize the special music offerings at CAPC. As the Artistic Director of the Crescent Concert Series, which includes concerts by both the Crescent Choral Society and the Crescent Singers under her direction, she will be working with the Concerts’ board in developing and curating the full season’s concert activities.

“Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has an impressive history of supporting the arts as a pathway into the human heart and soul,” says Dr. King. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a vital organization filled with talented people who truly understand the significance of that role.”

Dr. King brings with her over 25 years of experience as a conductor, building and leading choral ensembles and music programs for ecclesiastic, academic and other non-profit organizations. She is the founder and artistic director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and of PROJECT : ENCORE™, the internationally acclaimed advocacy initiative for post-premiere performances of new choral music. Her leadership roles in the professional community include chair of the New York Choral Consortium (NYCC) and Coordinator of the NJ-ACDA High School Choral Festival.

Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Texas and a MMus in Music Education/Choral Conducting from North Texas State University. Prior to her position at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Dr. King served in a variety of musical capacities for Episcopal, Presbyterian and community churches.

“We’re very excited to welcome Deborah to the Crescent Church family”,” says the Rev. Lynn Santali. “Our church has a rich tradition of music which has always sought to bring the very best to worship and to the community. It is time to take a fresh look at our entire program. Deborah is uniquely qualified to lead our music programs and to tease out the traditions we want to hold onto while helping us to develop new ones for the future. She truly shares our vision, passion and commitment to providing our community with the highest quality musical experience.”


About Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church

Established in 1871, Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church is a diverse, open and inclusive Christian house of worship located in Plainfield, NJ. The church is considered to be one of New Jersey’s most historic with its neo-gothic architecture, beautiful stained glass windows and pipe organ. Known for its rich musical tradition, the church is home to the Crescent Concert Series and frequently sponsors performances by other area groups and professional musicians. The vibrant congregation, led by the Rev. Lynn Santulli, actively serves the community through a variety of church-sponsored outreach programs and local and global missions and ministries. For more information, visit

About Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D.

Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D. is a visionary conductor, advocate and educator with a wide reach of influence. She is the founder and artistic director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and of PROJECT : ENCORE™, the internationally-acclaimed advocacy initiative for post-premiere performances of new music. The Interim Director of Music at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, NJ, and Artistic Director of Crescent Concerts, Dr. King also chairs the New York Choral Consortium and is a celebrated guest conductor.


Summer Worship Schedule
at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
in Plainfield, New Jersey

Worship Times: 

10:30 am service - all year

July & August
9 am - Chapel - casual (questions we have asked of God)
10:30 am - Sanctuary - traditional service based on lectionary readings


See below for more information!



“God, I have a question!”

Sermon Series for the 9 am Chapel Service focuses on questions raised by members of the congregation:

July 2 – “Am I the Person You Want Me to Be, Should I Do More?”
July 9 – “What is Heaven Really Like?”
July 16 – “How Can I Make More Time in My Life for You?”
July 23 – “How Can I Survive a Crisis of Faith?”
July 30 – “God, How can your message of love and brotherhood
reach those who promote violence and annihilation to achieve their goals?”

August 6 – “God, How Do I Submit My Life to You?”
August 13 – “God, Why Do You Let So Much Evil Happen?”
August 20 – “If I Am Forgiven, Why Do I Still Feel So Guilty?”
August 27 – “How Do I Remain Faithful in the Midst of Suffering?”

Ways to Serve

CAPC Soup Kitchen – Looking for a way to serve this Lenten season? Why not serve at our Tuesday Soup Kitchen? Meals served at 12 noon on Tuesdays, preparation begins at 9 am. Contact the church office to find out more or go to our website at PLEASE NOTE: WHLE THE KITCHEN IS BEING RENOVATED (FALL 2017) THE SOUP KITCHEN WILL BE CLOSED AND REOPENED IN DECEMBER 2017. BAG LUNCHES WILL STILL BE DISTRIBUTED EACH WEEKDAY AT 10 AM.

Knitters Unite! Elder Joan Pivnichny is organizing a knitting group to craft warm hats for our Soup Kitchen guests. Check out our bulletin, website or speak with Joan directly about how you can get involved in this project.
Blessing Bags - Blessing Bags are a great project for individuals, youth groups, companies that want to make a difference, and other groups of volunteers. Random acts of kindness which may seem so small to us can make a big difference in someone else’s life. Blessings Bags are one way to make just such a difference—and they’re easy! Items can be purchased at a dollar store and can be placed in a gallon plastic bag to be distributed at our weekly Soup Kitchen.
What to include? Here are some suggestions:
Thermal socks
Crackers, beef sticks, candy bars or other snacks
Toothpaste/Tooth brush
Fruit juice/water
Bags can be dropped off Sundays through Fridays 8-12 noon

Want to find out more about any of these opportunities?
Please contact the church office at 908.756.2468 or email Pastor Lynn at