The Rev. Richard Hong is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Rich received the Master of Divinity from
Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and did his undergraduate work at Princeton University, receiving a
bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Prior to entering ministry, Rich ran his own software consultancy for twenty years, writing computer
programs for research scientists in the pharmaceutical industry. He grew up in Chicago (a lifelong Cubs fan) ,
though he has lived in New Jersey ever since college. Rich loves contemporary worship and pop culture, and
enjoys speaking on topics such as church growth and the use of technology in churches. Rich serves as a
member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Bergen County and sits on the Alumni Council of
Union Theological Seminary.