Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Dr. Matthew Waterstone
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 three Ironman races. He has been married to his wife Sarah for 14 years, and they have two 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 three cats.
Director of Music and Liturgy
Emily Caitlin Dowling completed her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at Mercer University as a student of Dr. Jack Mitchener in 2015 and a Bachelor in Piano Performance from Mercer in 2013, as a student of Elizabeth Pridgen. In 2013 and 2015 she won the Macon AGO Quimby Regional Young Organists Competition. Caitlin served as Assistant Organist/Assistant Music Director from 2013-2015 at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She moved to Atlanta in 2017 to be the Principal Organist/Music Associate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA. She is an active performer and appeared in recital in Nashville AGO’s “3 Under 30 Concert,” the Cherry Blossom Recital Series in Macon, GA, The Cathedral of St Philip, West End United Methodist Church and in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria with the Vanderbilt Community Chorus. Caitlin and her wife Hannah were married in October 2019. They live on the Upper East Side and love to cook, run, and explore NYC.
Director of Children and Youth Ministry
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.
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.
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.
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!
Director, Reformed Church Nursery School and Early Childhood Assistant
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.
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.
Consistory officers for 2022-2022 are:
ELDERS: Rich Dawson, Beth Fulton, Tony Lemberger, Gary Reetz, Yvonne Schonborg, Doug Sesler, Paul Shoemaker (Chair), John Torell, Sarah Underhill
DEACONS: Lela Agnew, Laura Busker, Ashley Ching, Susan Frehse, Jessica Hogue, Aaron Hood (Chair), Cara Kernan, Jennifer Lescott, Mark Liggitt, Shea Scanlon Lomma, Sophia Okeke, Kenia Padilla, Arleen Thomas
OFFICERS: The Reverend Dr. Matthew Waterstone, President; Paul Shoemaker, Vice President; Arleen Thomas, Treasurer
Class of 2023
Class of 2024
Paul Shoemaker, Vice President of Consistory
Class of 2025
Class of 2026
Class of 2023
Class of 2024
Class of 2025
Aaron Hood, Chair of Deacons
Arleen Thomas, Treasurer
Class of 2026
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.
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.
Provides advice and assistance for all areas of worship and arts, including worship services, choirs, concerts, communion planning, sanctuary supplies, ushers, weddings, memorial services.
Elder Gary Reetz, chair
Elder Yvonne Schonborg
Elder Dan Johnson
Deacon Shea Scanlon-Lomma
The Rev. Samuel Clover
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.
Elder Tony Lemberger
Elder Bill Ferguson, chair
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.
Deacon Gretchen Pingel, chair
Congregational Care Council
Develops programs that provide care, concern, prayer, and support for families and individuals at various stages, places, and circumstances of life.
Deacon Fran Harris, chair
Deacon Gretchen Pingel
The Rev. Sam Clover
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.
Deacon Joe French, chair
Deacon Sophia Okeke
Deacon Kate Vaughey
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.
Deacon Amy Parsons, chair
Elder Dan Johnson
Deacon Lela Agnew
Deacon Jennifer Lescott