We are pleased to announce that Rev Peggy Jean Craig has accepted our call to be the new pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown! She will be starting July 1st at Germantown and we all are very excited. Peggy Jean is the Assistant Director for K12 Partnerships at Rutgers University-Camden. She is currently acting to oversee the university’s civic engagement strategic priority, while also running Rutgers-Ignite, a STEM-based afterschool program; Rutgers Future Scholars, a pre-college scholarship program for first generation college students from Camden City, the Hill Center for College Access, and the Camden College Access Network serving over 1,000 youth a year. Before Rutgers, Peggy Jean served as the Executive Director of the Advocate Center for Culture and Education at the Church of the Advocate whose mission is to transform the lives of youth of color in North Philadelphia by harnessing the power of arts, academics, and athletics. The Center empowers youth by partnering with local nonprofits to provide programming deeply rooted in social justice, rigorous study, and community empowerment. Peggy Jean also worked at the international relief and development agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and served as a missionary and youth director in Laos, Alabama, and Atlanta. In Washington, she worked for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church doing advocacy and awareness raising around the continuing effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam. She is a PhD candidate in Community Development-Public Affairs at Rutgers-Camden. Peggy Jean received her M.S. from Rutgers-Camden in Public Affairs, her M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and her B.A. from Fordham University in communications. She serves as the Board Chair for the hip-hop arts nonprofit, The Muse Collaborative, and co-chairs Rutgers-Camden’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee on Mission and Vision. She is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Peggy Jean lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Matt, and their Havanese dog, Pepper.