OCEAN VIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
I grew up in Hazlet, N.J., a town then converting from farms to commuter-friendly development. I was always a very good, but very bored student, in a school system with little to offer. My urge to be anywhere but home, combined with no outside activities, led to my keeping company with the “wrong crowd” for some years.
A long, aimless, solitary journey all around the lower 48, followed by simultaneous full time work and attendance at school (St. Peter’s College), cured me of bad friends, but not of a stunted personality. Once out of college, I found myself again at loose ends. After a wasted year of travel and dead-end jobs, I entered grad school at the U. of Toronto. I did not finish, and when I returned to the States, I needed work. I found what I assumed would be a temporary “gig” in the Postal Service that morphed into a 34 year career as a letter carrier. I credit that job with doing enormous good for my social self!
During that career, I hit the lowest point of my life. But then I had the great good fortune of meeting Pam and our girls, as God began a new work in me. It was under Pam’s influence that I returned to church. In our first church, Flanders United Presbyterian, I met my spiritual godfather, Rev. Bob Cotter, who saw in me what I could not see in myself. He encouraged me into leadership in both worship and governance; he planted the seed of what and who I am now.
The dream to enter ministry had to wait, though, until we got the girls through college and I could retire. I entered Princeton Seminary within a year; there I earned my M.Div., but so much more — the belief I was indeed called.
Now the twin roads of effort and discernment have led me here and my earnest prayer is that we will grow together, leaning on our Lord and on the bonds of love!
OVPC celebrates God and the gifts given us by God. Guided by scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit, OVPC keeps Christ at the heart of our thought, prayer, and action. Worship centers us. A passion to learn, with freedom to question, guides our Bible study, our theological inquiry, and our engagement with God's world. As we are loved, so we love each other, it times of joy and sorrow. Shaped by faith, carried by grace, we reach out to our neighbors in love; to serve, to help, to heal.
The Ocean View Presbyterian Church is a Christian congregation. We see ourselves as having been called and commissioned by Christ to point to His presence and to carry on His ministry in the world and in our area. While we share with other Christian churches this identity and mission there are things about us that makes us unique.
Worship is the cornerstone of our life together. In worship we acknowledge our dependence upon God, give thanks for God's goodness, and seek to be molded into God's faithful people.
We strive to be a community which manifests God's desire for justice and righteousness for all persons. In this congregation each person is seen as having been called and equipped by God to minister in unique ways. We encourage each other to carry out these ministries both in the church and in the community.
We identify ourselves as a caring community. We strive to be a community which manifests God's compassion and care for each other, both within and outside of the church. We are a very diverse congregation, yet we strive to discuss matters and to respect differing opinions. This is a very active congregation. We encourage new ideas and the trying of new things. We cooperate in tasks. Everyone has the opportunity to be involved. In this congregation each person is needed. People have responsibilities and are missed when they are not there. You make a difference. Your presence is appreciated. Your involvement is valued. Your absence is felt.
We invite you to become a member of the Ocean View Presbyterian Church.
Belief in the God known through Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit entails membership in Christ' body, the Church. Faith must be lived out in the company of other believers, within a Christian congregation.
In becoming a member of a Presbyterian Church, the person promises the following: 'to be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Membership is an opportunity to renew one's baptism, reaffirming the Lordship of Jesus Christ over one's entire life. We renew our ministry to Christ. This ministry is carried out by every member. It is carried out both within the congregation and in the community. This ministry includes:
Church Leadership, Organizations, and Committees:
Please click here to learn about the various leadership groups and committees that make our Church so vital. You will quickly see how active we are!
Pastor Terence Dougherty