Christ Church Ridgewood New Jersey
105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ  |  (201) 652-2350

Clergy & Staff

Father Daniel
Interim Rector

The Rev'd Dr. Daniel C. Gunn, aka "Fr. Daniel," served as Assistant Rector at Christ Church Bronxville (2002-06), and he was the Rector of St. Stephen's Pro‐cathedral, Wilkes Barre, PA (2006-13). Prior to parish ministry, he spent two years as a prison chaplain and two years as a hospital chaplain. He has also served as an adjunct professor of ethics, religion, and biblical studies. In 2013 he returned to Drew University to complete his doctoral studies in American Religious History. His dissertation was entitled, "Hugh Hefner's God: Religion in Playboy Magazine" wherein he examined the religious content of the magazine during the 1960s and 70s. He is exploring publication options. In addition to his doctorate, he holds the Master of Sacred Theology, Master of Arts (philosophy), and the Master of Divinity degrees. His interests are exploring the intersection of religion, politics, and civil society, and social justice ministry. He loves to travel having visited five continents. In his spare time he takes ballroom dance lessons, gardens, cooks, reads, and enjoys going to the gym. His wife Ileana, is an avid ballroom dance competitor.

Reverend Elizabeth Costello

The Reverend Elizabeth Costello ("Liz") most recently served as curate at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, CO (2013-2016), having previously served as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Cathedral Ridge (Woodland Park, CO), Director of Christian Formation at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, NC, Children & Youth Worker at St Peter & St Paul Parish (Great Missenden, England), and Team Leader at Two Saints Homeless Hostel Oxford, England.

She holds a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Yale/Berkeley Divinity School and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Duke Divinity School. Her passion in ministry includes Newcomer Welcome and Incorporation, Christian formation for all ages, faith in action, and evangelism. She enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities (hiking, skiing), going to art museums, reading, traveling, and cooking vegetarian meals. Liz lives in Princeton with her husband, The Rev'd Joseph G. Wolyniak (Episcopal Chaplain, Princeton University), and their daughter Evelyn Thérèse.


The Reverend William Coats
Assistant to the Rector for Adult Formation

Fr. Bill served as rector of church in Pittsburgh, PA and Hawthorne, NJ. Now retired, Fr. Bill serves at Christ Episcopal Church in saying Mass, leading the 9am Adult Education Forum, providing pastoral care, and organizes the Old Retired Men's Group for Mass and Breakfast once a month.

He is married to Debby, a clinical social worker. Their children are grown and so they enjoy the spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching the L.A. Dodgers.

Mr. Larry Arnold
Organist and Adult Choirmaster

Mr. Arnold holds degrees in music education and church music from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY and Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently he is pursing a doctorate in Sacred Music at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN. An organist since his teen years, Larry grew up in the Lutheran Church where his faith and love of music was nurtured.

As an educator in NY, Larry brings many talents not only on the organ, but with choirs of all ages and abilities.

Larry welcomes all who wish to sing and who desire to learn music. Speak to him about joining the choir after service over a cup of coffee. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings from 8:00am to 9:30am during the program year from September through June. The choir is a blessing to the ministry of Christ Episcopal Church and we welcome you to be a part of a great group of people.


Mrs. Kristen Lee
Associate for Children and Youth

Mother of 3 teenagers and wife of Gerry, Mrs. Lee loves sharing her joy and devotion to God and family with the parish. Kristen holds a degree in early-childhood education.

Her many talents have been instrumental in creating sacred space for our children and youth to grow in the faith.

Kristen coordinates the nursery, Sunday school, and youth groups and assists the clergy in a number of other areas related to families with school-age children.

Ms. Marlene Pillow
Children-Youth Music and Drama Director

Ms. Pillow is a highly respected music teacher in Ridgewood and a mother to two exceptional teenagers. Marlene is a professional soprano and choral conductor, holding music degress from the Eastman School of Music at Rochester University and the New England Consevatory of Music in Boston, MA.

Marlene offers her talents by providing music for the JOY! Mass, conducts the various children and youth choirs, producees a yearly musical, creates dramatic presentations of scripture, encourages youth to perform on Sundays, and conducts an African Drumming ensamble.

If you have any wish to learn more about the music program for children and youth, please contact Ms. Pillow.


Rev. Vickie McDonald
Deacon

The Rev. (Deacon) Vickie McDonald is a seminarian serving at Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Ordained a (Transitional) Deacon in December 2016, she is a senior in the Masters of Divinity program at The General Theological Seminary in NYC. Currently she is the senior class representative to the GTS Community Council, and serves as a Deacon in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. At Christ Episcopal Church she participates in Sunday liturgies as a Deacon, and works with several parish programs. Her diocese is The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. Before moving to Seminary, she worked for a hospice organization in Florida as a volunteer coordinator, and previously in the biomedical research industry in various capacities. Ms. McDonald enjoys boating, travel with friends and family, and spending time with her pug named "Bubbles."

Sara Mazin
Finance Director

Sara Mazin, CPA, is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a BA in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics. Sara has worked extensively in both accounting firms and major corporations. She lives with her family in Glen Rock and enjoys triathlons.


Susan Stansfield
Interim Communications Director

Ms. Mary Fezza
Parish Administrator and Buildings Manager


Ms. Marge Singer
Financial Secretary

Mr. Pawel Bajon
Sexton and Building Maintenance


The Vestry
elected lay governing board

The Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ is the legal, canonical (church law), and fiduciary "board of trustees" for the church.

The Rector is chairman of the Vestry. Wardens, elected for up to three consecutive two-year terms, are the lay chairs of the Vestry, and have canonical authority for the parish when the rectorship is vacant. Members are elected for up to two consecutive three-year terms. Governed by national and diocesan canon law, New Jersey State Religious Corporation law, and our own by-laws, the Vestry leads the parish in setting policies and goals, maintaining the buildings, and raising financial support for the mission of the parish.

For questions about the Vestry or to contact individual members, email the Parish Administrator, Mary Fezza, or call 201.652.2350 x13.

The members of the vestry are:



Don Nagle, Warden


Lucy DiMaulo, Warden


Kenny Cook


Aunrie Dash


Troy Eggers


Lyle Hatch


Julie Hamon


Nancy Jacoby


Dan Lawrence


Karl Najork, Clerk


Elaina Richardi


Jamel Shimpfky


Trevor Thangalan


Wylie Van Ness


Jim Morgan, Finance Chair


Marty Kortjohn
Treasurer


Linda Larson
Recording Secretary