105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ  |  (201) 652-2350

Clergy & Staff

Father Thomas E. Mathews

Fr. Tom was recently called to Christ Church following a 10 year Rectorship at St. Luke’s Church, Phillipsburg and a 4 year Assistant Rector position at Grace Church, Madison. He is a “cradle Episcopalian” who attended St. John’s in Boonton where he and his wife, Tanya, developed a vibrant youth ministry and where Fr. Tom also served on the Vestry before seminary.

He grew up in Parsippany, and graduated from The College of NJ with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Psych, opening the door to work for four years in both Fragrance and Oncology research. From 2000-2003, he attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA (now EDS @ UTS), where he graduated with Honors for his M. Div. Thesis on the Apostle Paul.

He enjoys all aspects of parish ministry and administration, and feels especially called to the formation of community and church as a “family.” In his pastime, he and Tanya love to spend time with their smart, funny and caring daughters, Ava and Elyse. He enjoys pop culture and reading, watching football, attending concerts and biking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cori Sheffield
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

Tia Ivanko

Troy Eggers

Lyle Hatch

Julie Hamon

Nancy Jacoby

Dan Lawrence

Karl Najork, Clerk

Elaina Richardi

Jamel Shimpfky

Trevor Thangalan

Tom Martin

Jim Morgan, Finance Chair

Jeff Hamon

Linda Larson
Recording Secretary