Miriam has served as pastor of New Castle Presbyterian Church since August 2019 and brings a passion for creative and inclusive ministry across all generations. She previously served as the organizing pastor of UKirk - St. Louis, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Washington University and St. Louis University. Miriam majored in music and history at William & Mary before serving as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland and attending seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She loves spending time outdoors as well as settling in with a good book and warm cup of tea. Miriam and her husband, Steven, live in the Presbyterian manse with their two cats, Lewis and Clark.
REV. NONA HOLY
Rev. Nona Holy comes to us by way of a childhood in Texas, education at Trinity University and McCormick Seminary, and early years in ministry in Cleveland OH. She currently serves as the Presbyterian Campus Pastor at University of Delaware. She has given leadership to several projects in New Castle Presbytery related to emerging ministries and developing young adult leaders in the church. The rest of her waking hours are dedicated to being Chris and Jonathan’s mama, Andy’s spouse, a friend, a reader and a chocolate eater.
Kris has worked in the office of New Castle Presbyterian Church for over 12 years. Several years ago, she became a member of the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which offers both opportunities and expectations for professional growth in church administration. Kris will tell you that not one day at the church is like the one before it. She is grateful for this place that has helped her to grow in her own Roman Catholic faith and supported her through life's challenges. When not up to her elbows in church office work, Kris' life is full as a wife, mother of three, and nana of five.
Eileen has served as music director at New Castle Presbyterian Church for 22 years leading a flourishing and diversified music ministry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Rowan University in New Jersey. An experienced educator, conductor, and soprano soloist, Eileen remains active in the Delaware Valley area and has sung in the New Ark Chorale for 25 years.
Minerva directs both of our Bell Choirs at New Castle Presbyterian Church: The Colonial Chimers and The Celebration Ringers. She also sings with our choir, as well as with the New Ark Chorale and the Delaware Women's Chorus. In other service to the church, Minerva has served as both a deacon and an elder on Session. Outside of church, Minerva works as a social worker with St. Francis Homecare and volunteers at an adult education program and with the St. Patrick's Center in Wilmington.
Bethany has served as accompanist for New Castle Presbyterian Church since 2014. She began playing the piano at age five, and holds a degree in Music Therapy from Ohio University. In addition, she has served as an accompanist for choral groups such as the New Ark Chorale, and at the Music School of Delaware.
DIANA REILLY (she/her)
Sunday School Coordinator
Diana and her family joined New Castle Presbyterian Church in 2009. She has had the joy of serving as the Sunday School Coordinator since 2016. Along with a team of teaching helpers, Diana staffs our Sunday School each week with an unmatched enthusiasm for helping children learn about God's love through the stories of scripture, and how we are meant to serve and care for others like Jesus did. She brings a creative spirit to all that she does - and she is an amazing face painter!