Weather permitting, Pastor Susan can be found outside most Sunday mornings, smiling and greeting worshipers as they arrive. If the weather is inclement, you can be sure she's right inside the front door waiting for your arrival.
A second career pastor, Susan administered a private physical therapy practice for 18 years and then was Director of Parish Education at a large congregation in NJ for 6 years while she attended seminary. She has a B.S. in Music Education from NYU where she met her husband, opera conductor Joseph Colaneri; she received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Pastor Susan has a passionate interest in parish education for all ages, liturgy and music, and the arts in shaping and nurturing faith and spiritual growth.
Albert arrived in New Brunswick, New Jersey at the end of August to begin his PhD in Musicology at Rutgers. Originally from San Lorenzo, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area), he is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where he earned a BM and MM degrees in organ, harpsichord, and historical performance. He has been playing the organ since the sixth grade and his specialty is German (Bach!) and French Baroque music. While a student at Oberlin, he was the organist and choir director at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Elyria, OH.
We welcomed Albert as Director of Music Ministries on Sunday, September 16th.
Church Council members are elected by the congregation at our annual congregation meeting. Council members may serve two consecutive terms (usually three years each). These are the people who are charged with facilitating various ministries, casting a vision for mission along with our pastor, and guiding and leading the stewardship of our gifts--time, talent and treasure.
Among our council members we have a wealth of experience, knowledge and a "go to it" attitude. Oh, and we also have fun at Council Meetings!
Sharon Ramsaier, President
Rita Krieger, Vice President
Kathy Foster, Secretary
David Mammone, Treasurer