Clergy & Staff

Program Staff

The Reverend Dr. Matthew Waterstone

Senior Minister

Pastor Matt began his ministry at The Reformed Church in October 2018. Previously, he served for 10 years as Senior Minister of the First Reformed Church in South Holland, IL, a suburb of Chicago. During his time there, he also served as chaplain to the South Holland Fire Department and an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Christian College in neighboring Palos Heights, IL. He is the author of the book “Dear Church: Letters to My First Church,” as well as many articles, blogs and podcasts. Ordained in the RCA and a native of Holland, MI, Matt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hope College, and holds Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from Western Theological Seminary. On a denominational level, he was a member of the Commission on Race & Ethnicity and served on the search committee for the RCA’s current General Secretary, Eddy Alemán. Dr. Waterstone is also an accomplished athlete, having qualified for the Boston Marathon and completed two Ironman races. He has been married to his wife Sarah for 12 years, and they have two young sons, Willem and Bram.

The Reverend Samuel T. Clover

Associate Minister and Communications Director

Ordained in the RCA in 2014, Pastor Sam joined RCB’s staff the previous year after graduating from Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.). His call to ministry came after working for more than 10 years as an arts and culture journalist at a number of small magazines and newspapers in NYC. A graduate of Lafayette College (B.A., English, and History), Sam also holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from The New School and earned a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry. An avid singer (and sometime trombonist), Sam has sung with a variety of choirs, including Marble Collegiate Church’s Festival of Voices and gospel choirs in NYC, and the New Choral Society in Scarsdale. At RCB, Sam oversees all communications initiatives, helps create and participates in all worship services, and provides pastoral care. He is a former board member of Room for All, a network of church members, clergy, and congregations in the RCA that supports and affirms LGBTQ people in all aspects of ministry. Sam married his wife Jen in 2019, and they share two cats.

Caitlin Dowling

Director of Music and Liturgy

Caitlin joined the RCB staff in March 2020 after having served for two years as associate organist and interim music director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA. She brings a wealth of experience in organ and piano performance, worship planning, conducting adult & children’s choirs, and administration. Caitlin earned a Master’s degree in Organ Performance in 2015 from Mercer University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance two years earlier. That same year she also joined the staff of West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, where she worked with RCB former Minister of Music Matt Phelps. She is an active recitalist, a member of the American Guild of Organists, and occasionally sings. Caitlin married her wife, Hannah, in 2019.

Christian Verwys

Student Pastor

Christian joined the team at RCB in August 2020, entering his 16th year in student ministries. Christian graduated from Kuyper College in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in Youth Ministry and Bible. During his ministry in Grand Rapids, MI, Christian guided over 50 full immersion trips and retreats both nationally and internationally, including prayer retreats in northern Michigan, whitewater rafting and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains, service relief trips to New Orleans, Austin, and Orlando, and outreach programs in Philadelphia and Trinidad & Tobago. Christian will be leading programming for our Middle School (6th-8th) and High School (9th-12th) families, Confirmation, and 4th- & 5th-grade events. He loves to hike, cook, is interested in anything related to the NBA, and is a ‘retired’ DJ. Christian married his wife Rachel in July 2020 on Lake Michigan, they have a dog named Clyde.

Judith McCandless

Director of Member Engagement

 Judi came on staff in 2015 and has been an active church member since 1993. As Director of Member Engagement, Judi finds joy in developing ways for church members to deepen their sense of connection as a faith community. In doing so, she seeks to create such opportunities in various church programs and ministries, particularly those related to fellowship, hospitality, congregational care, and the church’s new member process. She also enjoys leading a weekly women’s Bible and book study, and other programs related to spiritual formation. Over the course of her membership she has served as Deacon, Elder, Chair of the Congregational Care Council, Consistory Nominating Committee Chair, confirmand mentor, adult education speaker, and prison ministry volunteer. She has also worked with previous minister search committees, a strategic planning sub-committee and the accessibility committee, which advocated for the construction of the church elevator. Judi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She lives in Eastchester with her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Kathleen. Their adult son, Brad, lives in Chicago.

Mary Mackintosh

Director of Missional Engagement

Mary has been working for many years as a lawyer and licensed clinical social worker in the not-for-profit field, most recently as the Clinical Supervisor and therapist in a New Rochelle mental health and substance use clinic and the Yonkers Probation office, both part of The Guidance Center of Westchester. Mary and her family joined RCB in 1989 and she has been Co-Chair of the Sunday School, a Sunday School teacher has worked on mission programs with RCB for many years, including Coming Home, Community Restorative Justice and serving with Crossing Thresholds as a board member and volunteer in Kibera, Kenya. She also serves as a trustee of an after-school and Charter School network in East Harlem and is on the Advisory Council of the Maxwell Institute. Mary stepped down as an Elder and Clerk of Consistory in June 2020 before joining the staff. She seeks to share her love of faith through service with congregants of all ages.

Alexis Mastromarino

Director of Children’s Ministries

Alexis has been a part of the RCB staff for almost 19 years. She received her BA in Communication Arts from Manhattan College in Riverdale and her MA in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University in the Bronx. Alexis is certified in Parenting Leadership from the Archdiocese of New York. At RCB, Alexis oversees the Church School and Children’s Ministries. Nothing delights her more than having a small part in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping students on their Christian journey. Alexis enjoys reading, writing, dance exercise, and gatherings and travels with family and friends. She has been practicing yoga for 13 years (on and off) and Centering Prayer for about 11 years. Each day she works on being still, staying centered, and moving peacefully!

P. J. DeGenaro

Communications Associate

Since joining the RCB staff in 2019, P.J. has been assisting Pastor Sam with all communications initiatives, from bulletins and the Messenger to the website and social media. With an MFA in Writing and a background in graphic design, she has taught writing classes at Manhattanville College and Writopia Lab, and has worked for a number of publications and graphic design firms in and around New York City.

Margaret Murtagh

Director, Reformed Church Nursery School

Margaret has been the Director of the Reformed Church Nursery School since 2003 and brings over 25 years of experience as an early childhood educator. Margaret received her B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University and her Juris Doctor degree from the Fordham University School of Law. As Director, she has expanded programming while building on the school’s seven-decade reputation of excellence in early childhood education. This year RCNS has instituted Teachers College Reading and Writing Program and has created a new kindergarten program beginning in September 2020. In her spare time, Margaret is finishing her certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education and taking courses at Western Theological Seminary and Boston College School of theology.  Margaret and her husband John have two grown children: John a captain in the USMC reserve and is an alumni engagement manager at Fordham Prep and Jim, who co-teaches music at RCNS.

Administrative Staff

Alan Zanzano

Alan Zanzano

Chief Operating Officer

Joe DeBisceglie

Joe DeBisceglie

Bookkeeper

Nick Leff

Nick Leff

Administrator

Louanne Mitchell

Louanne Mitchell

Administrator

Janice Sachtjen

Janice Sachtjen

Executive Administrator

Carla Savage

Carla Savage

Administrator

Housekeeping and Maintenance

Pedro Santana

Pedro Santana

Head Sexton

Marilyn DeCamilo

Marilyn DeCamilo

Leo Santana

Leo Santana

Jeffery Valera

Jeffery Valera

Crystal Woodstock

Crystal Woodstock

Church Governance

The church is run by a Consistory made up of the ministers along with 24 elders and deacons.

Elders and deacons serve four-year terms. While the church strives to have an equal number of elders and deacons—ideally 12 each—sometimes a greater number of either office is needed.

Each elder and deacon serves on (at least) one of eight councils that together oversee all areas of the church: Management, Stewardship, Worship, Education, Fellowship, Congregational Care, Mission, and Youth & Family. You can read more about them and our church governance generally in our Standing Rules.

Elders 2020-2021

Class of 2021

James Hoch, Treasurer

Class of 2022

Dan Johnson, Clerk of Consistory and Elders
Rosanne Welshimer, Vice President of Consistory

Class of 2023

Bill Ferguson
Gary Reetz
Doug Sesler

Class of 2024

Beth Fulton
Tony Lemberger
Paul Shoemaker
John Torell

Deacons 2020-2021

Class of 2021

Donald Bringle
Paul Muir
Laura Redican
Brian Buttigieg

Class of 2022

Joe French
Fran Harris
Amy Parsons
Gretchen Pingel

Class of 2023

Jessica Hogue
Mark Liggitt
Jenny Shively, Clerk of Deacons

Class of 2024

Lela Agnew
Jennifer Lescott
Kate Milliken Vaughey

Councils & Committees

All church program areas fall under the auspices of eight councils, which work together with the church staff. Each council is chaired by an elder or a deacon. Any church member may serve on any council (except for the Management Council, for which members are appointed), but must be nominated by the council chair and the senior minister. Council membership changes annually.

Below are the councils with contact information for each chair.

Management Council

Oversees administrative functions including personnel; maintenance of buildings and grounds; endowments; investments; audits; legal advice; and managing of church archives. Also coordinates the development and implementation of strategic plans and visioning.

Consistory Members

Elder Rosanne Welshimer, chair
Elder Jim Hoch
Elder Paul Shoemaker
Elder Doug Sesler
Deacon Brian Buttigieg
Deacon Fran Harris
Deacon Mark Liggitt
Deacon Paul Muir

Staff Member

The Rev. Dr. Matt Waterstone

Worship Council

Provides advice and assistance for all areas of worship and arts, including worship services, choirs, concerts, communion planning, sanctuary supplies, ushers, weddings, memorial services.

Consistory Members

Elder Gary Reetz, chair
Elder Beth Fulton
Elder Dan Johnson
Deacon Brian Buttigieg

Staff Members

The Rev. Dr. Matt Waterstone
The Rev. Samuel Clover
Caitlin Dowling

Stewardship Council

Works with staff to create and implement the annual stewardship campaign, and oversees volunteer stewards who reach out to the congregation.

Consistory Members

Deacon Mark Liggitt, co-chair
Elder John Torell

Staff Members

The Rev. Dr. Matt Waterstone
Alan Zanzano
Carla Savage

Education Council

Helps design programs to encourage faith development; to help people learn to live together and for others in response to God’s love in Christ, and to plan learning opportunities related to the work of the Council. This includes oversight of the Church School, the confirmation process, adult education, and libraries.

Consistory Members

Deacon Don Bringle, chair
Elder Tony Lemberger
Elder Bill Ferguson

Staff Members

Alexis Mastromarino
Margaret Murtagh

Fellowship Council

Creates an understanding, caring, supportive fellowship where people share their needs, discover and use their talents, and are enabled to feel a part of a growing Christian community. Includes member engagement and organizing intergenerational social events.

Consistory Member

Deacon Laura Redican, chair

Staff Member

Judi McCandless

Congregational Care Council

Develops programs that provide care, concern, prayer, and support for families and individuals at various stages, places, and circumstances of life.

Consistory Members

Deacon Fran Harris, chair
Deacon Gretchen Pingel
Deacon Jenny Shively

Staff Member

The Rev. Sam Clover

Mission Council

Directs and oversees all outreach ministries locally, nationally and internationally (tutoring programs, Clothing Closet sales; social justice ministries, etc.). Also makes annual recommendations regarding grants and oversees ecumenical partnerships.

Consistory Members

Deacon Joe French, chair
Deacon Paul Muir
Deacon Kate Vaughey

Staff Member

Mary Mackintosh

Youth & Family Council

Provides effective programs of instruction, nurture, fellowship, growth, and outreach for the Middle School and High School youth of the church and the community. Includes youth group meetings, mission trips, retreats, etc.

Consistory Members

Deacon Amy Parsons, chair
Elder Dan Johnson
Deacon Lela Agnew
Deacon Jennifer Lescott

Staff Member

Christian Verwys