Reverend Maria Crompton, M.Div., SENIOR PASTOR
Reverend Maria Crompton is the first woman to serve as the Senior Pastor of Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in East Orange, NJ. She is a dynamic preacher, teacher, sought after speaker and workshop facilitator.
Reverend Crompton received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and English from Drew University, the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Certificate in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary.
Reverend Crompton is called to empower the people of God through prophetic leadership. She is the Vice-President of the East Orange Clergy Association, which allows her to partner with church and community leaders. Rev. Crompton is also a board member for Circle of Sacred Fire, a preaching intensive for women of color in ministry and a Mentor for RISE Together National Mentorship Network for Women of Color in Ministry.
Reverend Crompton has been afforded the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministry contexts including, Bethel Baptist Church in Orange, where she was the first woman and youngest minister licensed, First Congregational Christian Church in Irvington and Middle Collegiate Church in New York City.
Reverend Crompton holds dual ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA). When it comes to ministry, Reverend Crompton believes that like Esther, God has placed her in position for such a time as this.
Reverend Crompton is married to Andre Crompton and they have three children, Nilah Marie, Andre Joshua and Noah Alexander.