Clergy, Staff & Leaders

Dr. Michael Bos

Senior Minister
Mike Thurlow, Executive Assistant

Dr. Michael Bos is a pastor, author, interfaith proponent, family guy, and adventure seeker. He also serves as chaplain of the Collegiate School, where he teaches Islam. He has written two books with co-author, Dr. William Sachs: A Church Beyond Belief: The Search for Belonging and the Religious Future and Fragmented Lives: Finding Faith in an Age of Uncertainty. 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 Divinity School 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.

Dr. Elise Brown

Executive Minister
Mike Thurlow, Executive Assistant

Dr. Elise Brown 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. Dr. 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. Susanah Wade

Associate Minister

Rev. Susanah Wade is an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America who believes that God’s revelation as Jesus Christ was the ultimate call to us to be kind to each other and to let this drive our daily activities and interactions. She is also the mother of Kelsanah Wade and an immigrant who was born on the island of Montserrat, a British colony in the West Indies. Her academic education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College focusing on human resource management and corporate communication, a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and a Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary with a focus on spiritual formation. Susanah’s background includes Clinical Pastoral Education training at NYU Langone Medical Center and employment in the areas of immigration law, and Missions and Outreach which is her current focus. She tries to live each day with an awareness of the movement of the Holy Spirit, a deep sense of gratitude and an awareness of God’s grace.

Program Leaders

Kenneth V. Dake, Director of Music

Christina Morano Keiser, Director of Media & Communication

Kim Sebastian-Ryan, Director of Membership & Connecting

Brian Hampton, Director of CYF Ministry


Virgilio Belen, Maintenance

Sarah Cheatham, Youth Director

Daniel Finegold, Part-time Production Assistant

Karla Fritsch, Publications Manager

Luis Furniel, Maintenance

Nick Giardina, Media Production Specialist

Clay Hale, Development, Database, & Receivable Specialist

Joshua Hansen, Maintenance

Rick Harper, Events & Space Usage Manager

Karla Hendrick, Part-time Program Coordinator

Daphne Kim, Director of Human Resources

Greg Lum, Art Director

Beatriz Marin, Accounts Payable / Payroll Accountant

John McHugh, Property Manager

Baleta M. McKenzie, Director of PrimeTime & Small Group Ministries

Rev. Rashad McPherson, Associate in Ministry & Music

Zoila Perez, Receptionist

Yvon Plaisimond, Maintenance

Yvette Rosario, Part-time Receptionist

Mario Sprouse, Arts Coordinator

Gary Thompson, Wedding Coordinator

Mike Thurlow, Executive Assistant

Judy Tulin, Coordinator of Pastoral Care

Siobhan Tull, Program Leader for Online Community

Jerry Williams, Maintenance