Leadership & Staff

Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) is blessed to have elders, deacons, and volunteer staff and coordinators. 


The word “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word “presbuteros,” which means “elder.” Presbyterian churches are governed by the elders of the congregation, who have been elected by the members and ordained. There are two types of elders: teaching elders (pastors) and ruling elders. Together, they make up the Session of our church. The Session shepherds and leads CPC, provides spiritual care and oversight to the congregation, and is charged with maintaining the spiritual government of our church. 

Teaching Elder:
James Pavlic‘s passion is to preach and teach Jesus Christ and him crucified whenever and wherever he can. James has his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry from there as well. He has taught in the church for over 15 years and was bi-vocationally pastoring for seven years before taking the pastorate at Christ Presbyterian Church. Prior to CPC he was a church planter in Middlefield, Ohio and served as the pastor of small groups and church planting at Parkman Congregational Church (4Cs denomination). One of James’ passions is to see God’s people be praying people and see the church be a praying church, so he occasionally teaches A Praying Life seminars. James and his wife, Amanda, have four children, three of whom are adults. He, Amanda, and Zadok live in Merrimack, NH.

Ruling Elder:
Matt Oquist


Deacons are also elected by the members of CPC and ordained. The office of deacon is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need. The Deacons are organized as a board called the Diaconate.

Steve Eng
Eric Newman
Mark Snyder

Deacon Assistants:
Karen Eng
Danielle Newman

Staff (Volunteer)

Church Administrator:
Jennifer Oquist

Ministry Coordinators (Volunteer)

Children’s Education:
Amanda Pavlic