The purpose of our Youth Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell is to Reach Over to students in our congregation and community, providing a safe, caring and fun environment in order to equip them to Reach Up – learning about God, challenging them to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ, and fostering a desire to Reach Out, providing opportunities to serve others in Jesus’ name and become leaders within the church.
Check out these links for information on all the fun things we have going on this year!
Noe Lopez is the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, the son of two Guatemalan immigrants. Noe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology from Malone University and his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. After graduating he became an Associate Pastor at a multicultural church in Henderson, NC. It was during this time that he became passionate about the intersection of youth and sports ministries. Among other accomplishments, Noe has presented at the North Carolina Council of Churches on immigration and assimilation within first generation Latinos/as, and taught theology, homiletics and ethics courses in Latin America with Duke University professors. He also received a Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. His hobbies include travelling, playing soccer, watching sports and reading a good book on contextual theology. Noe is recently married to Stacy Guinto-Salinas. They have moved into student housing at Princeton Seminary where Stacy will be pursuing her PhD in Theology.
You can contact Noe in a variety of ways:
At Church – 973-228-0310 ext. 216
Via Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can stop by his office located on the 1st floor of the church!
Youth Protection Policy
Our Youth Protection Policy outlines guidelines for volunteers and staff working with children and youth in our church. Among other things, it limits the chances of adults and children being in one-on-one situations, sets standards for emergency procedures, and helps volunteers and staff recognize the signs of child abuse.
All volunteers and staff who work with children and youth at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell are asked to read the policy and agree to abide by its guidelines. Furthermore, all volunteers and staff who work with children and youth are asked to undergo a background check. We have chosen to use an organization called Protect My Ministry, a company that provides us with background checks, an online database of all our volunteers, and Child Safety Training. After volunteers have completed background checks, they are asked to participate in our Child Safety Training. They will watch a series of videos on recognizing the signs of child abuse, protecting yourself from false accusations, and recognizing child molesters. Following the videos they will be asked to take a quiz and each person who completes the quiz will receive a certificate which we can keep on file at the church.
While these new policies and procedures may seem tedious and time consuming, we are committed to the safety of our children and youth, as well as the protection of our volunteers and staff from false accusations.
Please let Noe Lopez know if you have any questions.