Our Leadership

“…not to be served, but to serve…”

Our Lead Pastor

Leading God’s mission here at Park Church.

Michael Carlson

Michael Carlson

Lead Pastor

Originally from the Seattle area, Michael is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary. After serving as an area director for the ministry Apartment Life, he served as pastor of Chrio Communities Church in Mesa, Arizona. Michael is passionate about the local church and its potential to reach a broken world with the good news of Jesus. Michael, Signe, and their two children are excited to be here at Park Church, and are looking forward to seeing the mission of God furthered in Monmouth County!

Our Staff

Serving God, Serving You

Alice Fadiora

Alice Fadiora

Family Pastor

Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Alice spent a lot of time at church serving in just about every role you can think of, laying a strong foundation for the deep faith she has today. She earned her BA in Economics from Haverford College and spent 4 years working in Equity Research and Financial Planning. After meeting her husband, Sam, and having their two wonderful children, she sensed a call to seminary. While earning her MDiv at Princeton Seminary, her passion for the health and spiritual formation of marriages, families, and children began to grow. After Seminary, Alice completed a post graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy and became a licensed therapist in private practice where she has been helping individuals, couples, and families pursue healing and wholeness. In addition to her work as a marriage and family therapist, her enduring pull to the church has led her to become ordained in the American Baptist Church, serve as a children’s and youth pastor in a church in Princeton, and now come here to be the Family Pastor at Park! Most importantly, Alice has a deep faith in God and is passionate about helping the church become a community where children (and the marriages and families that nurture them) grow to know, love, and follow Jesus. She is very excited to be joining the team here at Park, and so are we!

Brian Croak

Brian Croak

Park Cares Coordinator

Raised in Monmouth County, Brian currently resides in Asbury Park. For 5 years he served in campus ministry at Rutgers University and then received his mDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. Brian has served as pastor of 4 Presbyterian churches in NJ, and then pursued another passion of his, counseling. He recently graduated from Cairn University with a M.S. in counseling. Brian's pride and joy are his 3 children, Justin, Christina and Dylan. Brian is a long time Kansas City Chiefs fan, and can now check a decibel piercing visit to Arrowhead Stadium off of his bucket list (he went to a Chiefs game there in December 2018!) - as well as a recent Super Bowl trophy!

Rebecca Fitzgerald

Rebecca Fitzgerald

Administrator

Originally from Virginia, Rebecca happily lives in Little Silver with her husband (Scott) and her twin girls (Blake and Leila). The Fitzgeralds have been part of Park Church for a few years now, and you might have seen her already coordinating our events, leading the Little Silver Community Group, and helping out with Park Kids. She's a graduate of Virginia Tech, majoring and working in the field of hospitality. She's got a heart for organization and for making things work better. She loves Jesus' church and knows the value of one that is working well for his mission on earth. That's why she's excited to be here!

JUAN RIVERA

JUAN RIVERA

Student Ministries Coordinator

Born and raised in Shrewsbury, Juan has always had a heart for serving students. He originally started serving in the High School ministry in the early seasons of Outreach Red Bank. In September 2007, Juan was part of a team that started a Middle School ministry at Outreach Red Bank continuing in 2007 through 2014 as the Middle School Group Coordinator. He tied the knot in 2014 and decided to step away from the ministry to focus on his newly established family, welcoming his son, Gabriel, in 2016. Now Juan is very excited to start in his new role as Student Ministries Coordinator at Park Church serving our students alongside our Family Pastor

Jenny Streich

Jenny Streich

Middle School Group Coordinator

Jenny grew up in Middletown and went to Middletown North (Go Lions!). She graduated from Stockton University with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and is hoping to get a Masters in Speech Pathology in the near future. She currently works at Academy Learning Center as an Instructional Aide.  She is a twin, and spends most of her free time with her twin (Danielle) playing Mario Party, board games, and doing puzzles. She loves karaoke but can't sing at all. She feels bad for the people who sit next to her at service because of it. Taylor Swift is her favorite singer, because she kind of looks like her. Her favorite thing about living in NJ is the beach, she can’t understand people who choose not to live next to the beach.

Anthony Santiago

Anthony Santiago

High School Group Coordinator

Anthony has been apart of Park Church for about nine years. He's originally from Brooklyn, and moved to NJ in 2003. He works at a retirement community as a dietary supervisor in Red Bank. Anthony started my journey here at Park Church as a teenager, attending the High School Group. Through this ministry, his faith blossomed as the leaders showed him the love of Christ through their actions. Wanting to do that for others, he started helping out in the Middle School Group in 2010. In this ministry, he learned much from the senior leaders and the students. As he saw a need in the High School Group for help, he transitioned over. After a year, he was asked to run the ministry and jumped at the opportunity to share the love of Christ with high school students - where it all started for him!

Nicholas Bowden

Nicholas Bowden

Interim Communications Director

Nick grew up in Hazlet and currently resides in Neptune NJ. He earned his BA in Education from Seton Hall University and has been teaching elementary art for nine years. He has served in college, young adult, and local church ministry and desires to see all people across Monmouth County grow in their walk with Jesus.  When he is not teaching Nick enjoys playing basketball, Crossfit, reading comic books, and of course, spending time with his two favorite people; his wife Emily and their daughter Mya.

Team Leads

Faithfully Serving

Our Elders

Leading Leaders

Contact all of the elders at elders@parkchurchnj.com.