The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey announces the appointment of Jean Arlea-Eriksen to Pearl River United Methodist Church. Jean feels called to preaching and teaching in the local church, connecting to the community through creative evangelism and small groups. She has served as Associate Pastor at Bound Brook and Chatham United Methodist Churches, Behavioral Health Clinician at St. Clare’s Hospital and Pastor in Residence at Whitehouse UMC. She holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and a Master of Clinical Social Work from Rutgers. She is finishing her Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University. Jean is very grateful for her loving family including husband Chris, daughter Thea and cats Ham and Fig.