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Betty Fetzer, C.L.P (Certified Lay Pastor)


Betty was born and raised in Maywood with family roots dating back to 1892. Betty currently serves as Maywood's town Historian.

She earned her Diploma in Nursing from Jersey City Medical Center School of Nursing, and has attended Boston College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She then became a Registered Nurse in the State of New Jersey. She was devoted to her calling and career through 2013 when she realized she was older than her geriatric patients, stating she has gone from “R.N. Registered Nurse to R.N. Retired Nurse!”

Betty first belonged to the Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Maywood, as part of the Sunday school, and joined the First Presbyterian Church of Maywood in 1949 where she has been a prominent member to date. During this time she has served as a Deacon and as the Clerk of Session followed by many terms as a Ruling Elder of the church.

In the past, Betty was called upon to act as a substitute Minister multiple times during the Pastoral callings of Reverend, Dr. James Fennelly, Reverend Peter Carey of Wallington Presbyterian Church, and in-between the ministries of Pastor Ken Walkley and Pastor Samuel Weddington, to which she rose to the occasion and successfully preached and lead the ministry and congregation of the church.

In 2016 Betty earned the title of Certified Lay Minister under the tutelage of the Presbytery of the Palisades of New Jersey and Pastor Samuel Weddington.

She conducts services at the First Presbyterian Church of Maywood, N.J. and at Cranes Mill Retirement Village in West Caldwell, N.J. on a quarterly rotating basis. In addition, she conducts services at Lydecker Manor in Maywood, N.J.

Betty feels her religious calling is a combination of helping others while following the Golden Rule “do onto others as you would have them do onto you” as well as Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, as found in Luke 11:25-34.  

She enjoys traveling the world with her best friend Carol Dass, who not only is a long time friend, but a long time member of the Maywood church as well.

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