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.
A church musician for fifty years, Ellen Mayer holds degrees in organ performance from Westminster Choir College and the Manhattan School of Music. She is the Kindergarten-Third Grade Music teacher at the Robert Erskine and Peter Cooper elementary schools in Ringwood, NJ. She is trained and holds certificates in the Orff-Schulwerk Teaching method. Prior to joining our staff here at Holy Trinity, Ellen served mostly recently as Director of Music and Organist at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pompton Plains and before that as Director of Music and Organist as St. John Lutheran Church in Passaic. Ellen is currently in her second year of studies with the Diakonia program of the NJ Synod.
Ellen believes that serving as a church musician is a calling. She has felt that call to be a church musician for over fifty years from a very young age. We are thankful that she has answered the call to use and share her God-given talent and skills to enhance and enrich our spiritual lives here at Holy Trinity.
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
Vinnie De Cicco
David Mammone, Treasurer