Meet Our Pastor

The Reverend Donna Frischknecht joined Salem’s historic church in December 2007. Donna earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ. Her passion for families and children shows each Sunday as she delivers a special children’s message that always gets the kids laughing and smiling. Under her leadership, she has also brought to the community many new programs and ministries for families.


A former New York City magazine editor, Donna says she is blessed to use her love for writing and public speaking to further the message of God’s Kingdom here on Earth and how God’s love and grace can change lives.

Having grown up in North New Jersey and lived in New York City for many years, Donna is often asked, “How did you get to Washington County?” Her reply: It was definitely God leading the way.

Donna fell in love with the beauty of Washington County. An avid outdoor lover, she has enjoyed the many hikes, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing and tubing down the river that she has done so far since living here. She is also a big history buff and enjoys the rich Revolutionary War history of Salem and its surrounding areas. 


Donna also enjoys the abundance of 18th century houses that dot the landscape and now has the privilege of owning a bit of history as she recently bought one of the oldest houses in a small village in Vermont, just minutes from the church, and is enjoying the experience of restoring an old house. Of course, First United Presbyterian is a perfect example of historic architecture.


Since moving here, Donna's life has been one of many answered prayers and she is seeing her "family" grow having tried her hand at raising chickens, getting a Bernese mountain dog and most recently meeting her soul mate in which she is now planning a 2011 wedding.


Her prayer for First United Presbyterian Church is for this faith community to grow in their relationship with God and to lead more people to Christ so that all can experience the joy of walking hand in hand with the One who never lets go.


Come and meet Pastor Donna and learn more about her faith journey and see how you can become part of this church that is alive with the Spirit!

October 23, 2018

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New Pictures

Click here for some pictures from the recent wedding of Pastor Donna to Paul Jackson. More photos will be posted soon.  photo gallery 




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