Stephen has guided the revitalization and growth of Christ Church since 1987. As Senior Minister and head-of-staff, he is the principle preacher and worship leader and focuses energy on strategic visioning, growth and leadership development. A graduate of Occidental College and Yale University, Stephen earned a PhD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. Contact Stephen.
As Executive Program Minister, Violet guides and coordinates the overall programmatic elements of our church life, including programming initiatives in Washington Heights. She has more than sixteen years of experience as Assistant Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, a storied New York City congregation, and in holding both MSW and PhD degrees. The mother of two young children, Violet lives with her family in Queens where her husband serves as Priest-in-Charge of an Episcopal congregation. Contact Violet.
Brian began his ministry at Christ Church in 2008 through teaching Bible study in the Sunday morning Adult Forum. He also assists with the youth group. Brian is a graduate of St. Joseph’s and Fordham, and has for several years served as campus minister and teacher of theology at Regis, a Jesuit school in New York City. Contact Brian.
Jacob “Jake” earned a Bachelors of Music Degree in Education and Voice from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a Masters of Music in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ). After previously serving congregations throughout Minnesota and New Jersey in both music and youth ministries, Jake began his journey at Christ Church with the music department as a tenor in the Chancel Choir, a recurring soloist for services and events, and the Parish Choir Director. He is excited to dive further into creating and nourishing community as he takes on more responsibilities with the youth, young adults, and LGBTQ+ ministries at Christ Church. Contact Jake.
Chad is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Divinity School where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree. Professionally, Chad has worked in the fields of strategic engagement, development, and recruitment in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, including organizations such as the Walmart Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Before pursuing his Master’s degree, Chad spent over nine years in academic administration at Columbia University after graduating from Harding University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Contact Chad.
Dr. Steve Pilkington began his service at Christ Church in 1994. He oversees all the music ministries at Christ Church, as well as serves on the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where he serves as Associate Professor of Sacred Music. A graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Illinois, Steve earned a Ph.D. in Liturgics from Drew University. Contact Steve.
An accomplished handbell conductor and published composer, Robert Lamb has authored music described as “wonderfully expressive” by Beckenhorst Press, Inc. Robert is a member of Handbell Musicians of America and is a current student at Westminster Choir College where he rings with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. In addition to his responsibilities at Christ Church, Robert also serves as handbell choir director at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.
Johanna Olson received recognition as New Teacher of the Year and Apple Award winner in her previous position as Middle School Choral Director in Manassas, VA. During her years as a public school teacher, her ensembles consistently received superior ratings at state adjudication. Her experience with Norwegian language has provided opportunities for her to workshop with organizations like the Princeton Girlchoir and the Westminster Chapel Choir. Johanna holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
A native of the Upper East Side, Roseann has served as parish Administrator since 1993. She oversees the daily operations of the building, coordinates capital projects, manages building staff, and administers the finances of the church and day school. A graduate of CUNY, Roseann has spent her entire professional career in church administration. Contact Roseann.
Mickey a native of Brooklyn is of Puerto Rican descent. As a bi-vocational and bilingual pastor, Mickey serves as clergy at Christ Church Washington Heights, leading worship in English and Spanish and providing pastoral care. Mickey’s professional experience, in addition to ministry, includes working as a licensed psychotherapist. Mickey also serves as a lecturer at the City College of New York and has also lectured at Fordham University in the past. Mickey earned his B.A. at Hunter College, majoring in History and Religion, his M.S.W. at Fordham University focusing on Clinical Social Work and specializing in the treatment of addiction, and his M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary. Contact Mickey.
Monika holds an MSW from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Monika and her mom immigrated to California in 1986 from Guatemala. She graduated with a Social Work degree from California State University, Los Angeles in 2004. She was one of the Co-leaders for the Latinx Social Work Student Organization. Monika was one of the 13 pioneering students of the full semester in Buenos Aires MSW program. Monika is interested in working with immigrant Latino families, children and youth. She knows first-hand about the immigrant experience. Contact Monika.