Staff, Council and Committees

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Gill                 Senior Minister

Rev. Ken Gill
The 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.

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 Pierre 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

Donah Homer                    Communications Director

Jo Marie Quinn                  Secretary/Receptionist

Pawel Bajon                        Sexton

Church Council

(positions with a vote*).


Moderator*                       Marilyn Clark

Vice Moderator*              Brent Sjaardema

Treasurer*                        Bob MacPhee

Clerk*                                Jessica Massler

Senior Minister*             Pastor Ken Gill


Trustees Ministry:* 

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

Deacons Ministry:*

Brent Sjaardema – Chair,  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

Outreach Committee*:

Peter Demytrk (Chair)

Education Ministry*:

David Davila (Chair); Andres Davila, Nancy MacPhee, Caroline Saffioti and Joseph Saffioti (Church Teachers for Children), Christy Wheeler

English As A Second Language (ESL):

Pastor Judy Wheeler

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)


John Giresi – Choir Director

Communications Ministry*:

Donald Wheeler – Chair; Patrice Foresman (Consultant), Justin Kuo (Consultant – Technology), Jessica Massler

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


Pastoral Relations Committee: 

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

Personnel Committee: 


Constitution and By Laws Committee:

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

Technology Committee: 

Bob MacPhee – Chair; Don Wheeler, Donah Homer, Ed Mercer (Consultant) and Arthur Aldrich (Consultant)

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee:

Pastor Ken Gill and Pastor Judy Wheeler