Our Staff

Pastor Rick LaFever
A New Jersey native, began his ministry at Lakewood First Presbyterian in February, 2013. Before coming to Lakewood, he worshipped at First Presbyterian of Hightstown where he married his wife, served as an elder, chaired a number of committees, and was board president during his tenure.

In 2007, Rick was invited to the Presbyterian Commissioned Lay Pastor program. Rick completed his studies at Dubuque Theological Seminary. While waiting for his first assignment, Rick served as a pulpit supply pastor for the Monmouth Presbytery until he came to Lakewood First as a Commissioned Ruling Elder for Pastoral Service, the first one commissioned in Monmouth Presbytery history.

Pastor Rick is married to Ann, whom he met while in college.

Watch video of Rick's Installation 4/14/2013
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

Welcome To The First Presbyterian Church Of Lakewood

Theological Statement of Belief

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that faith in Him leads to salvation and eternal life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, are an instrument of God to make the gospel of Christ known to others. We believe that, by the grace of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and through repentance, we have forgiveness of our sins. As we await the Lord's return, we are striving to fulfill Christ's Great Commission and to serve others through love and unity.

We seek, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be steadfast witnesses to the Good News by faithfully proclaiming God's Word, by holding fast to the power of prayer, by supporting and encouraging one another and by seeking God's will in all that we do.

We are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the Gospel, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere. We will not grow weary in doing what is good.
(Philippians 1:27, II Thessalonians 3:1, 13)