1867 Sanctuary Committee

In consultation with the Preservation New Jersey Board and with the Presbytery of New Brunswick (with whom Preservation New Jersey holds a 50 year lease for the building), the 1867 Sanctuary Committee is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the restoration and operation of the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing. In addition to facilities operation and management, this work includes grant writing and management, financial oversight, hiring and oversight of consultants and contractors, fund raising, publicity and outreach, and planning, scheduling and supporting events and activities. Members of the 1867 Sanctuary Committee serve at no remuneration, completely and totally out of love and dedication to returning this historic landmark to use by and for the community.

The 1867 Sanctuary Committee was formed in 2012 under the leadership of its first chair, the late David K. Knights, at that time also the President of Preservation New Jersey. David’s zeal, encouragement, dedication and direct experience in restoring historic properties set a high standard for the work of the 1867 Sanctuary Committee. David’s passing in September 2013 was a great loss to the 1867 Sanctuary Committee, to Preservation New Jersey, and to New Jersey’s historic preservation community in general. We endeavor to honor David’s memory by successfully maintaining this landmark he worked so hard to preserve and protect as a legacy.

Another monumental loss to our committee was the sudden passing of Rebecca Lovett in September of 2016. Becky was also a passionate supporter of our mission,  a dear friend to all of us, and tireless volunteer.  Memorial funds given in her name are being used to create a welcoming place for visitors at the entrance to the Sanctuary, in celebration of her welcoming and loving ways.

The 1867 Committee would not be in existence without the past help other former Preservation New Jersey staff  – Ron Emrich, Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, Tiwanda White-Pinkston, and Janice Armstrong. We thank them for their very early guidance, support, and encouragement.

The 1867 Sanctuary Committee, which is currently chaired by Helen Kull, who is also Secretary to the Board of Preservation New Jersey,  consists of seven very active volunteers, all of whom have contributed, and continue to contribute substantially to this effort in many ways:
•Barbara Brennfleck
•Ruth Ann Gribbin
•Kathleen Jordan
•Robert Kull
•Donald Lovett
•Dale Perry

Additionally, The Rev. Paul Rhebergen serves as the Committee Liaison to the Presbytery of New Brunswick; and Scot Pannepacker, President of the Board of Preservation New Jersey, serves as an ex officio member of the Committee. We also acknowledge past and current members of the Preservation New Jersey Board, particularly Michael Mills, John Hatch, Megan Thomas, Michael Margulies, Jack Abgott, and Michael Hanrahan for their past and current guidance and sharing of their experience and expertise.

In addition to the 1867 Sanctuary Committee members, we also acknowledge and appreciate the work of the many volunteers who have played important roles in organizing, publicizing, and staffing the many activities and events associated with the 1867 Sanctuary over the years. Preservation New Jersey is grateful for their time, effort, and the care so freely and earnestly given toward the restoration and operation of this historic building that means so much to them and to their community.

If you would like to join our committee, or just volunteer to help on a limited project basis, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page, or contact Helen at 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Thank you!