First Congregational Church of Chester, NJ

Proclaiming Christ Since 1740

Layne A. Mershimer, Senior Pastor
Layne came to FCCC after serving as a Pastor in TX. He was born in Ohio and grew up in a pastor's home in Western PA as the youngest of four. He met Deborah, from Lake Charles Louisiana, when he was 18 and they were married at 21. He was called to pastoral ministry at the age of 22 which then led him to pursue training and receive degrees from Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and Deborah have been blessed with four boys, Titus, Garrett, Landon, and Ethan. Some of his hobbies include spending time in the woods, reading, following sports, and working with wood. He loves people and his life mission is to help them find hope in Christ. Pastor Layne can be reached at: or by phone at 908-879-5322.

Read more about Pastor Layne from an October 2015 article in the Observer Tribune

Deborah Mershimer, Church Administrator  
Deborah has been serving FCCC as the church administrator since July of 2017.  She also serves on the worship team and as a member of the Christian Education board. You may reach her by e-mail at: or by phone: 908-879-5322

Joe Fabre, Music minister
As worship leader at FCCC, Joe helps us grow in our understanding of Biblical worship that honors God and his Word.  He is married to Shannon and has 2 children.  You may reach him by e-mail at: