Rev. Marissa van der Valk 

Marissa was born and raised in California and attended California Lutheran University where she attained her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Computer Information Systems. Previous to hearing her call to ministry, she worked for fifteen years as a molecular biologist. She received her M.Div. From Drew Theological Seminary. Marissa is passionate about mission and helping congregations connect with their communities. In her free time, she likes to find and try all of the hiking trails in the area and beyond. If you would like to contact Pastor Marissa please click here.

Barbara Bradley – Director of Music

Barbara has been the Director of Music at our church since 1980. In this capacity she plays the organ and piano for services, directs the choir and the bell choir with extraordinary devotion to her members, and organizes concerts. On occasion she gives solos. In the past Barb helped direct “Heart and Soul Productions” which performed concerts to raise money for various causes, as well as to bring pleasure to senior citizen groups around New Jersey. In her spare time, Barb loves reading, crocheting, spending time with her friends and rooting for the New York Mets! A graduate of Centenary College with a degree in secretarial science (1979), Barb has worked for the past 38 years for the company that was first known as Bell Labs in Whippany. Presently she works for General Dynamics in Florham Park as a member of the Quality organization.

Bob Keller – Lay Leader and United Methodist Lay Servant

Bob is a certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. In this capacity he fills in for Pastor Jeff when he is away on vacation and organizes a Laity Sunday worship service each year in October. Bob also provides pulpit supply for other United Methodist Churches in the Skylands District of the New Jersey Conference. Bob grew up in a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!) and 44 years ago married Connie, his high school sweetheart. He is a graduate of California State University and worked for a time as a radio DJ in Florida and Pittsburgh. Bob worked in New York for the Standard and Poors division of McGraw-Hill before retiring in 1996. Bob is very active with the Kiwanis Club, the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Company, the New Jersey Sharing Network, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Planning Board of the Township of Parsippany. Bob and Connie have two grown sons, Jonathan and Michael. Bob’s favorite verse is: “Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Steve Blake – United Methodist Lay Servant

Steve was born in Providence, Rhode Island before moving with his family to Livingston, New Jersey when he was five years old. Steve was nurtured in the Swedish Covenant Church. Steve’s love of the outdoors which was a big part of what led him to become an Eagle Scout. A graduate the Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) Steve and his wife June – an artist – have lived in East Hanover for twenty years. They have one grown daughter, Kristen. Steve made a career in the business of large commercial and manufacturing property, mainly in the Highly Protected Risk arena. Steve’s love affair with the outdoors has continued throughout his life and particularly enjoys kayaking with June. He delights in learning about the nature world as well as about human history. “If you pay attention,” says Steve “you will feel God’s grace in your interactions with other people and other living things on this Earth.” Steve is a frequent substitute teacher who enjoys working with all ages of children and youth. He enjoys music, fishing, golf, and cooking.

Eric Christiango

Joanne Rich – Church Photographer

Elizabeth Polen, Pat Winz, and Betsy Adams
Office Staff

Jahn and Marguerite Schnetzer – Church Custodians