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INTERIM PASTOR:  Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden

Beginning in September 2015, First Reformed Church of Scotia has called the Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden to serve as Interim Pastor, following the retirement of the Revs. Craig and Jan Hoffman.  Trained by the Interim Ministry Network and currently a member of the IMN faculty, Lynn has served in a variety of interim ministries since 1989.  Graduating from Yale Divinity School and ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1986, Lynn is excited to begin her first adventure with the Reformed Church in America, after serving in the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, the Presbyterian Church in America and the Society of Friends (Friends United Meeting) as well as the UCC.  She is glad to return to New York after recent interims in North Carolina and Connecticut; previously she also served in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Lynn and her husband, the Rev. Peter J.B. Carman, pastor of Emmanuel Friedens Church, live in the Stockade neighborhood in Schenectady with their dog, Seneca.  They have two adult sons: Luke, who is a teacher in the Chicago Public School district along with his wife, Andi; and Benjamin, who is a Director of Special Education Fellow at the Kauffman School in Kansas City, MO.  Lynn enjoys exploring the area as a runner, cyclist and swimmer; at home she encounters God while gardening, cooking, reading, singing, doing puzzles and watching movies.

Lynn’s office hours are Monday 1:oo pm – 4:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesdays 9:30 am -noon, and by appointment.

Pastor Lynn’s e-mail: frcslcbodden@verizon.net

 

img_0854MINISTER OF VISITATION: Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Faulkner

Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Faulkner is pleased to be able to serve as our Minister of Visitation during our time of search for a Pastor.

He grew up in Schenectady, went to Draper School and was a member of Bellevue Reformed Church. His background in the RCA has been diverse. He began his ministry as a Parish Pastor, then became Director of Camp Fowler and Executive Director of the Warwick Conference Center. He then received his Doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling, licensed as a mental health practitioner. He was Minister of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in New York City, and was an adjunct professor at the Institutes of Religion and Health and therapist at the Blanton-Peale Counseling Center. He moved to Glenville in the fall of 2009, worked with West Glenville Reformed Church as their Minister of Pastoral Care and provided mentoring to their seminary student.

He and his wife Karen have been a member of this congregation since they moved to Glenville. They have three children and six grandchildren.

In addition to spending time with family, Rev. Bill enjoys reading, traveling, making maple syrup with his son, spending time outdoors hiking and gardening, and going to the gym.

Rev. Bill looks forward to getting to know you over the next year.

 

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SEXTON: Lee Poremba

Our Church Sexton, Lee Poremba, became a confessing member of First Reformed Church in 1997, and since 2000 has cleaned and cared for our church home.  Lee was shopping for a church and says that she stopped shopping here because of the warmth of the people.  Lee has three grown children and three grandchildren.  In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and quilting.  Lee works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:  Kristen Shave

Our Church Administrative Assistant, Kristen Shave, has cheerfully answered our phones and graciously managed our church office since June 2014.  She became of member of First Reformed Church in 2013 after a workplace colleague invited her to worship.  Kristen is in our church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Kristen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Maine College of Art.  In her spare time Kristen raises chickens, ducks, tends an organic garden, makes jam and wine.  Before coming to us Kristen worked in retail, a voice-over company, and for a film production company in Sarasota, Florida.  She has a credit in the major motion picture “Great Expectations,” from 20th Century-Fox as Florida Production Secretary.  Kristen is married to Bill Shave Jr. who is also active in our church.  Says Kristen about First Reformed Church, “From the moment we first came to church we felt welcomed as though to a family reunion.”

Kristen Shave’s e-mail: frcsoffice@verizon.net

 

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COORDINATOR OF CHRISTIAN LIVING:  Kristin Bodden

Kristin Bodden is our Coordinator for Christian Living, or CCL.  She married into First Reformed Church in 2004, and became our CCL in 2013.  Kristin is responsible for our Christian Education program, including Sunday School for ages 4 through adults, as well as for mid-week learning opportunities and adult enrichment retreats and events.

Kristin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY Fredonia, a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Syracuse University, and is certified in both elementary education and art.

For fun Kristin likes to pursue her art.  Part of her house is a studio.  She is married to Joe Bodden, and has two children, Jessica and Jackson.  Says Kristin of First Reformed Church, “This is a home away from home, and a welcoming community of faith.”

Kristin Bodden’s e-mail: frcskbodden@verizon.net

 

KIDS’s HOPE USA DIRECTOR:  Tee Munson

Tee Munson is our KIDS Hope USA Director.  KIDS Hope USA is a program allows us to work with our local Sacandaga Elementary School to provide mentors for at-risk kids the school helps identify. Tee first came to our church in 2002 through contact with people in our congregation at Camp Fowler.  She has been involved with youth, and, since 2010, with KIDS Hope USA.  Tee currently trains, supervises, and supports more than 20 adult mentors from our church, and as many prayer partners.  Since the program began we have helped mentor nearly 50 ask-risk students. Tee has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College, and a master’s degree in education from the College of St. Rose where she also an adjunct professor.  Tee has K through 12 certification in professional school counseling. Tee is married to Paul, and has two children, Olivia and Paul IV.  For fun Tee likes to eat, spend time outdoors, and be as active as possible.  Says Tee about First Reformed Church, “This is an energetic congregation in which people seek to live out their faith in a variety of ways.”

Tee Munson’s e-mail: frcstmunson@verizon.net

 

img_0865-2YOUTH LEADER:  Tracy Swearingen

Tracy has been married to his wife, Amy, for twenty-five years.  They have two sons, Tyler and Jordan, and have been attending First Reformed Church of Scotia for over 12 years.  Prior to that they were members of Belleview Reformed in Schenectady.  Tracy has been a cabin counselor at Camp Fowler for the past nine years, and could not imagine a summer without Camp Fowler.  He enjoys music, theater, cooking, and learning to play the guitar.  Tracy is also the president of Scotia-Glenville Babe Ruth baseball.  His favorite sports teams are the Yankees, Eagles and the Flyers.

Tracy’s previous experience includes telecommunications, furniture store general sales manager, media buyer, web design as well as crafter.  Tracy looks forward to what God has planned, not only in his journey, but the direction of the youth of this congregation and community.

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR:  Barret Germain

Barret served as the Music Director for the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Scotia from January 2008 through August 2016, and he is currently the tuba player for The Route Fifty 5, the Signature Brass Quintet, and the Capital Region Wind Ensemble.  Barret also regularly performs with many classical and chamber ensembles in the Capital Region and Southern Adirondacks including; the Glens Falls Symphony, Park Playhouse, SCCC Faculty Brass Quintet, and Albany Pro Musica.  

An avid arranger and conductor, Barret has worked with many of the area’s theater groups as music director and orchestrator, including The Wrong Box where he orchestrated and conducted the studio recording, and is currently writing new arrangements for the production’s upcoming staged reading at the National Opera Center in NYC.

Additionally, as Director of Community Programs for the Schenectady-Amsterdam Musical Union, AFM Local 85-133, Barret organizes Free to the Public concert series including Jazz on Jay, Rotterdam in Summer, and Schenectady’s annual Jazz Appreciation Month concert.


img_0858NURSERY DIRECTOR:  Diana Ackner

Diana and her husband John have been members of first reformed for over 25 years. Together we have been involved in many aspects of church life including music ministry and sunday school. Our daughter Grace is also very involved in church activities and particularly loves going to Camp Fowler, her home away from home. Diana has been a music teacher in the Guilderland school district for 28 years and brings a vast amount of experience to her job at Scotia Reformed. She also brings much experience working with special needs children to her job. This is a passion for her both at Guilderland schools and at home taking care of Grace who has Down Syndrome. Other than music Diana also enjoys taking ballet and tap with her daughter Grace and making scrap books for her.

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