Our church is led by a group of men called elders. It’s a term the Bible uses alongside “pastor” or “shepherd” (see 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-5). These men are recognized and affirmed by the members of our church to teach the Bible, to provide pastoral care, and to equip us all for ministry to one another.
Jeff Crispin (Elder & Staff)
Jeff is a long time resident of the Pitman area and has 20 years of pastoral experience. He and his family came to Joy in 2004 and Jeff joined the elder team in 2010. Jeff works in downtown Pitman as a physical therapist. Jeff serves the church part-time and is primarily responsible for family ministries, preaching and teaching outside of Sunday morning worship, and shaping and communicating the mission and ministry at Joy. Jeff lives in Pitman with his wife Carol, and their 5 children: Aaron, Ryan, Leah, Joanna, and Rebecca.
Larry Lazarus (Elder & Staff)
Larry Lazarus has been a member of Joy since 2004, and was affirmed as an elder in 2010. Larry serves the church vocationally as an elder, exercising leadership in the areas of preaching, theology and vision. A native of Havertown, PA, Larry lives in Pitman with his wife Michelle, and their three children Halle, Felicity and Noah.
Craig Smith (Elder)
Craig has been a member and elder since Joy began in 1993. Craig grew up in Merchantville, NJ. He and his family moved to Washington Twp. as part of the Launch Team of Joy. Craig leads the Worship Mnistry and co-leads a Life Group. His wife, Karen, is the church's Administrative Assistant. They reside in Williamstown and are blessed with three adult children and six grandchildren. Craig works in Marlton as a Certified Financial Planner.
Jason Tyrell (Elder & Staff)
Jason Tyrell has been a member of Joy since 2000, and has been on staff in various capacities since 2001. Jason currently serves as overseer of youth and Life Group ministry, leads a life group, and serves the body through preaching and counseling. Jason is a lifelong resident of South Jersey, and currently lives in Glassboro with his wife Celess and their three children Sean, Zachary and James.
Ben King (Elder & Pastoral Intern)
Ben has been a member at Joy since 2010 and was affirmed as an elder in 2017. He is currently a history teacher at a local high school, but feels called to full time pastoral ministry and has therefore been serving at Joy as a pastoral intern for 4 years. He has served in different capacities at Joy over the years, but he currently serves as a worship leader and as a lifegroup leader. He lives in Williamstown with his wife Lindsay and their 3 children: Adleigh, Benjamin, and Maggie.