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

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!

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

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.

Matt Littlehale

Matt Littlehale

Matt Littlehale joined Park Church, when it was still called ORB, back in 2005. He met his wife Shannon while they served together in the High School ministry in 2009 and they were married in 2010. They also have two wonderful girls. During his time at ORB/Park, Matt has served as a high school group leader, Sunday PowerPoint slide clicker, an elder, the 4th & 5th Park Kids grade level coordinator, community group leader, and, currently, Community group coordinator. During the day, Matt is a Software Engineer Manager at a traveling nurse company. He enjoys reading, writing, hitting the gym, and singing karaoke.

Team Leads

Faithfully Serving

Our Elders

Leading Leaders

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