Ministers & Program Directors

Dr. Michael Bos, Senior Minister
Madelyn Soussoudis, Executive Assistant

Dr. Michael Bos is a pastor, author, interfaith proponent, family guy, and adventure seeker. He is president of The Collegiate Churches of New York and serves as chaplain of the Collegiate School, where he also teaches Islam. Dr. Bos was raised in West Michigan, received his B.S. in psychology from Grand Valley State University, M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary, did post-graduate work at the Free University (the Netherlands) in Hebrew Scripture and the theology of religions, and doctoral work at the University of Exeter (U.K.) on Islam and religious pluralism. He recently completed his Doctor of Ministry at Duke University with a focus on leadership in the Christian tradition. Early in his career he was counseled that his “need for adventure may be too high for a traditional pastoral role,” and this propelled him to pursue new positions. He established an interfaith center in the Arabian Peninsula, and developed programs with institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary, the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, and the U.S. State Department. Working with the U.S. Embassy and government of Oman, he helped establish a first of its kind program on religious diplomacy in the Middle East for the top chaplains in the U.S. armed services. For his work in bringing together Christians, Muslims, and Hindus in Oman to aid low-income workers, he received the U.S. Ambassador’s Award for Community Service.

Rev. J. Elise Brown, Ph.D., Executive Minister
Madelyn Soussoudis, Executive Assistant

Rev. J. Elise Brown, Ph.D. believes every congregation has a mission and every community needs a powerful and progressive faith witness in it. Her passions and skills include helping congregations and organizations create ministry plans that work, and then working the plans to produce abundance and fruitfulness. Having worked in diverse communities throughout her 20 years in ministry, she understands the factors needed to move congregations toward greater, more authentic, diversity and mission impact. Rev. Brown was born and raised in Iowa and did her undergraduate work at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She continued her education at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, earning a Master of Divinity degree, and at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, earning a Master of Theology in Ethics. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center-City University of New York in 2014 and is on the faculty of Lehman College in the Bronx, NY. She is an ordained clergyperson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and rostered in the Metropolitan New York Synod.

Dr. Kenneth Ruge, Minister for Counseling & Staff Consultation

Dr. Kenneth C. Ruge, a minister and licensed marriage and family therapist, has worked with couples and individuals for over 40 years helping them grow and resolve life conflicts. A contributor to the Ladies Home Journal column, “Can This Marriage be Saved?” Dr. Ruge is a frequent lecturer on marital health and parenting issues. He is the author of Where Do I Go From Here?, The Othello Response, and co-author of Soulmapping: An Imaginative Way to Self-Discovery. Dr. Ruge is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. A graduate of Carleton College, Union Theological Seminary and Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, he had previously been a part of Marble Church for many years as a lecturer, adjunct minister and as Administrative Minister. He retired from his position as Senior Minister of the Reformed Church of Bronxville in 2016, where he served for 7 years.

Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Spiritual Teacher

Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author. She heads The Geranium Farm, an institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her Almost-Daily eMo, an online meditation read by tens of thousands worldwide. She has served as interim rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Metuchen, New Jersey, and has served a number of churches in New York City, including Trinity Church, St. John’s-in-the-Village and St. Clement’s. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after 9/11. A spiritual director, Rev. Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad. Her many books include Called (about vocation), The AlsoLife (about the life that lies beyond this one), and The Courage to Grow Old (about aging), as well as books of essays, daily meditations and poetry. She has also written Mass in Time of War about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing.

Kenneth V. Dake, Director of Music

Christina Morano Keiser, Director of Media & Communication

Kim Sebastian-Ryan, Director of Membership & Connecting

Susanah Wade, Director of Missions & Outreach

Staff

John Angello, Controller

Virgilio Belen, Maintenance

Karie Brown, Director of Cherub Choir & Toddler Music Teacher

Stuart Cole, Facilities & Events Manager

Colleen Cosgrove, Director of Welcome & Hospitality

Jennifer Doerr, Music Department Manager

Karla Fritsch, Publications Manager

Luis Furniel, Maintenance

Nick Giardina, Senior Audio-Visual Technician

Joshua Hansen, Maintenance

Deah Harriott, Music Director for Wednesday Worship

Rev. Gregory Johnson, Prayer Circle

Daphne Kim, Human Resources Manager

Greg Lum, Art Director

Beatriz Marin, Financial Assistant

John McHugh, Property Manager

Baleta M. McKenzie, Director of Small Group and Senior Adult Ministries

Michael Nostrand, Part-time Receptionist

Stacy Penson, Director of the Marble Community Gospel Choir

Don Piper, Program Coordinator

Yvon Plaisimond, Maintenance

Andres Ramirez, Maintenance

Desmond Roberts, Part-time Receptionist

Tom Schneider, Missions & Outreach Associate

Jessica Scovel, Director of Children's Ministry

Jaroslav Sorm, IT Administrator

Madelyn Soussoudis, Executive Assistant

Mario Sprouse, Arts Coordinator

Gary Thompson, Reception Supervisor; Wedding Coordinator

Judy Tulin, Coordinator of Pastoral Care

Siobhan Tull, Director of Virtual Church Relations

Jerry Williams, Maintenance

Shana Wolfe, Database & Accounts Receivable Manager