Staff, Council and Committees


The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Gill                 Senior Minister

Rev. Ken GillThe Rev. Dr. Kenneth Gill is a Graduate of Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon.  He received a Master of Divinity from Anderson School of Theology, Anderson, IN. and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA.  He has served pastorates in California, Oregon, Indiana and Florida.  He accepted a call to become the Senior Minister of Emmanuel Baptist Church in April, 2015.

Rev. Gill has a passion for music, books, movies and cars.  He is most at home in nature and in contemplation.  He is the father of three children and grandfather of two.  He is married to Connie Buckler-Gill, who is an artist/muralist with a business in Bradenton, Florida. Connie  is engaged in her own Sufi, healing and yoga practice.

Thoughts From Pastor Ken (blog)

 

The Rev. Judith Wheeler                Pastoral Associate

Since graduating from Drew Theological School in 2007,  Pastor Judy Wheeler has served as Pastoral Associate at Emmanuel. She finds joy in leading worship, Adult Bible study on Sunday mornings and the Women’s Reflection Group. Pastor Judy facilitates the English as a Second Language Program  (ESL) and plans opportunities to “Know Our Faith Neighbors” from other religious traditions.

 

The Rev. Arturo Lewis               Associate Minister for Youth and Young Adult Programs

Rev. Lewis, an ordained American Baptist Minister and long-time Ridgewood resident, is an inspirational speaker and life coach for schools and faith-based agencies through his non-profit organization, Art Lewis Ministries and Celebration Education. Rev. Lewis is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Diversity Studies at Passaic County Community College and William Paterson University. Rev. Lewis is married to Debra Lewis, M.A., a high school counselor and the proud father of Demetrius Lewis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

John Giresi                         Artistic and Music Director

Jessica Fargnoli                Communications Director

Jo Marie Quinn                  Secretary/Receptionist

Marek Jura                         Sexton



Church Council

(positions with a vote*).

OFFICERS:


Moderator*                        Marilyn Clark

Vice Moderator*               Brent Sjaardema

Treasurer*                         Bob MacPhee

Clerk*                                 Jessica Massler

Senior Minister*               Pastor Ken Gill

 

MINISTRIES & COMMITTEES:


Trustees Ministry:* 

Dave Shaver & Marie Krieger Co-Chairs; Audrey Cocheo, Frank Cocheo, Bob MacPhee (Treasurer is an ex officio member of the Trustees)

 

Deacons Ministry:*

Brent Sjaardema & Pat Walden-Co-Chairs; Napoleon Davila, Dorcas Diaz-Shaner, Donald Shaner, Pastor Judy Wheeler (Serves on Deacons and Council)

 

Pastoral Care Committee:

Pastor Judy Wheeler

 

Prayer Group:

Donald Wheeler

 

Education Ministry*:

David Davila (Chair); Andres Davila, Nancy MacPhee, Tara Timpone (Church Teacher for Children), Jennifer Tu, Christy Wheeler

 

English As A Second Language (ESL):

Pastor Judy Wheeler, Pat Walden

 

Missions Ministry*:

Nancy Shaver-Chair; Joan Massler, Martin Massler (Covenant House – Project Manager), Anita Powell-Byrd (Family Promise – Project Manager), Brent Sjaardema (Habitat for Humanity – Project Manager)

 

Choir:

John Giresi-Choir Director

 

Communications Ministry*:

Donald Wheeler-Chair; Patrice Foresman (Consultant), Justin Kuo (Consultant – Technology), Jessica Massler, William Wang, Jessica Fargnoli (Communications Director)

 

Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry:*

Carol Krzeminski & Florence Degelman- Co-Chairs; Heidi Ehman

 

Long Range Planning Committee:*

Joan Massler-Chair; Marilyn Clark, Anita Powell-Byrd, Donald Wheeler

Men’s Fellowship Ministry:*

Wally Krzeminski-Chair

 

Women of Emmanuel Ministry:*

Marilyn Clark-President

 

CHURCH COUNCIL COMMITTEES


Pastoral Relations Committee: 

Carol Krzeminski-Chair; Heidi Ehman, Joan Massler, Brent Sjaardema, Marilyn Clark

 

Personnel Committee: 

Trustees

 

Constitution and By Laws Committee:

Dorcas Diaz-Shaner-Chair; Joan Massler, Nancy Shaver, Don Wheeler, Marilyn Clark

 

Technology Team: 

Bob MacPhee-Chair; Don Wheeler, Bar Regev – Consultant

 

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee:

Pastor Ken Gill and Pastor Judy Wheeler