Ministers & Program Directors

Rev. J. Elise Brown, Ph.D., Executive Minister

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.

Rev. Chad Tanaka Pack, Associate Minister

Rev. Chad Tanaka Pack serves as Associate Minister. He is pastoral advisor to GIFTS: LGBTQ Fellowship. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and is ordained in the Reformed Church in America. Before joining Marble Collegiate Church, Tanaka Pack was Minister for Stewardship and Finance at Middle Collegiate Church. He is a certified public accountant, a playwright, and a performer. He is married to the Rev. Michael Foley.

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.

Daryl Paul Lobban, Associate in Ministry

Daryl Paul Lobban serves as our Associate in Ministry, with primary ministerial responsibilities in the Children, Youth and Family Ministry (CYF) and Connection: 20s & 30s. He is also serving as the Director of External Relationships for the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Before arriving at Marble Collegiate Church, he has served in a variety of ministerial roles in Pentecostal, AME, and Baptist churches in Brooklyn and Boston and serves on a number of community and ecumenical boards. Daryl graduated from Boston University School of Theology and Nyack College. He is married to Dr. Shavonne Moore-Lobban.

Gayle F. Robinson, Chief Operating Officer

Kenneth V. Dake, Director of Music

Christina Morano Keiser, Director of Media

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

Michael Finke, Marble Children’s Choir Director

Karla Fritsch, Publications Manager

Luis Furniel, Maintenance

Nick Giardina, Senior Audio-Visual Technician

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 McKenzie, Small Group Coordinator

Stacy Penson, Director of the Marble Community Gospel Choir

Lauren Perez, Receptionist

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

Mario Sprouse, Arts Coordinator

Gary Thompson, Reception Supervisor; Wedding Coordinator

Judy Tulin, Congregational Care Associate

Siobhan Tull, Director of Virtual Church Relations

Jerry Williams, Maintenance

Shana Wolfe, Database & Accounts Receivable Manager