All Saints' Episcopal Church
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -- The Book of Common Prayer
At All Saints', we have many ministers, because our ministers are our members. We firmly believe that all Christians are called "to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 855) And we invite you to minister with us, as well! Welcome to All Saints' Episcopal Church, where our hearts and God's church are open to you!
Mark Collins has been our Rector since April 2017, after serving as our Interim Rector
since September 2015. Fr. Mark
was previously the Interim Pastor at the Church of the Holy
Trinity in Manhattan where he served since 2012. Prior to
he was the Assistant to the Rector at Christ & Saint Stephen's
Church from 2008 until 2012. Fr. Mark has also served in
capacities for the International Rescue Committee, the Bronx
Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society, and City Harvest. He
his Masters of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in
2008. Fr. Mark is a swimming, cycling, yoga buff, loves
writing and history, and takes Downton Abbey very seriously.
Fr. Mark and his husband Denton will be moving into
rectory late August. Their two dogs will be joining them as well!
Harvey, a resident of Glen Rock since 1998, joined All Saints in 2010, and the Vestry in 2013. Harvey just completed a 2 year term as Warden. Harvey, Tracy, Colin and Jack attend the 8 a.m service and the boys are in confirmation class. Harvey works at Prudential Financial in the management of its investments.
Murphy Warden ('20)
Eileen has been a member of All Saints’ since she and her family moved to Glen Rock in 2006. Eileen is a creative advertising professional who uses her skills to help All Saints’ public relations efforts. She is also involved in the church’s Kids 4 Christ Sunday School program. She lives with her husband Michael and two daughters Grace and Lark.
|Edgardo Adoptante ('21)
Edgardo began attending All Saints' in 2014. He has been a member of the choir since then. In 2014, Edgardo and his husband Carlos Saldana were married in the chapel and recently celebrated 19 years together. Carlos is also a member of the choir.
Sara has been a member of All Saints' since 2005. After moving to Northern NJ and visiting several churches in the area, she and her husband, Brian, knew All Saints' would be their church home after their very first visit. Sara is currently chair of the Outreach Committee and a Sunday School teacher. Sara works at Sterling National Bank and is an avid runner. Sara, Brian, and their two sons, Brendan & Andrew, live in Bloomingdale, NJ.
Stephen has been a parishioner of All Saints' since 2007. He has been serving as the webmaster for the church since 2011, maintaining the website and sermon podcasts. A cradle Anglican, Stephen grew up in Hong Kong and came to the States with his family when he was a teenager. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys table tennis, badminton and photography. He lives with his wife Vivian and two children in Ridgewood, NJ.
Elaine has been part of the All Saints’ community since 2004, when she and her husband moved to Glen Rock from Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the All Saints' choir (soprano), has served as substitute organist for services, and is a Co-Chair of the Project All Saints' Organ Committee which has spear-headed the purchase and installation of the new Allen/Faucher Combination Pipe Organ, completion projected for the end of 2015. She is also a member of the Healing Ministry Team. She is retired from The New York Public Library, after serving 21 years as the President’s Executive Secretary.
|Mary Grochan ('19)|
Mary has been a member of All Saints Church since 1995. She has taught Sunday School and helped with the youth program. She is an elementary special education teacher and lives in Glen Rock with her husband and three children.
Paul literally grew up within church environs, and has been an active member of All Saints' since 2005. Paul has served All Saints' as a Lector, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Usher, and has been glad to help out and support other areas of the church community as well. Paul enjoys reading, music, movies, history and sports, the NY Yankees, NY Jets and NJ Devils in particular. Employed as a teller for the Paramus branch of Mariner's Bank, Paul is a native of Bergen County, currently residing in Ridgewood.
|Donna Laporta ('19)
Donna has been a resident of Glen Rock since 2005, and a member of All Saints since 2007. During her early days at All Saints she spent some time in the Sunday School classroom with preschool and kindergarten age kids, but most of her ministry work has been in Fellowship. Donna loves a party! Donna's husband Eric is a holiday choir member. Donna and Eric have two children: Olivia, a sophomore at college, and Luke, a junior at Glen Rock High. Donna is the Implementation Manager for a small medical software company, in NJ.
Sue lives in Glen Rock with her husband, Paul, and children, Patrick and Caroline. She has been a member of All Saints' Church for the past 15 years. For most of these years she served as a Sunday School teacher, visited home-bound parishioners as a Eucharistic Minister, and has been singing in the chancel choir for the past 4 years. Susan works in clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry and she enjoys running, traveling, gardening and music. She is thrilled to continue serving All Saints' as a member of the vestry team
Nancy has been a member of All Saints since 1998, and been actively involved in the ministries of this church. These include Vestry Member (2003-2009), Lector, Sunday school teacher, High School Youth co-leader, Welcome/New Member committee, Organ Committee Co-chair, and Search Committee. She and her husband Jim live in Glen Rock and have three grown daughters. She enjoys reading, theatre, cooking and entertaining.
Lay Associate. As a theologically educated
lay women, Sue brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.
She has served as a vestry warden both at All Saints' and her
former parish, Christ Church in Ridgewood, where her husband Jim
currently serves on the vestry. Sue graduated from The
General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, receiving her
Master of Divinity.
|Garrett Grimes is our Director of Music Ministries. Gary has served as organist and choir director in Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches since 1989. He joined the staff of All Saints' Church in the summer of 2007. He strives to bring a rich and vibrant musical experience to our worship by including music of different periods and musical styles and by enlisting the participation of the Adult Choir, Children's Choir, and various instrumentalists. In addition to his work in the church, Gary has worked as a general and choral music teacher in public and private schools with children of all ages. He currently operates his own private piano studio at the church where he offers weekly piano and organ lessons. He can also be found providing weekly music classes to the children who attend the All Saints' Preschool. Gary earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, NY in 1989. There he studied with D. Dewitt Wasson on his primary performing instrument, the organ. Gary lives in Wallington with his dog Rustington, and two cats, Oscar and Mowsley.|
|Jeromey Gill is the Sexton of All Saints'. Since October 2012, Jeromey has joined the staff and has made numerous improvements, both subtle and obvious, throughout our premises, allowing the congregation and visitors to enjoy our worship and fellowship space. Jeromey resides in Glen Rock with his wife Kate and two children.|
|Christine McGoey has been our Parish Administrator since December 2014. Christine prepares our Sunday bulletins and coordinates our parish activities and events with joy and care. Christine holds a BA in Communications from the University of Scranton and has been a wonderful addition to the staff. She lives with her husband and two children in Glen Rock.|
Our School Staff
|Mrs. Paulette Gilchrist is the Director and Head Teacher of All Saints' Church Pre-School since 1994; Assistant Director and Teacher since 1986. A graduate of Hunter College and a licensed New Jersey teacher, Miss Paulette (as she is known around the school) manages, inspires, and directs a dedicated staff of over 16 teachers and teaching assistants (and still manages to keep a great sense of humor!). She is responsible for the school curriculum and all its programs. She and her husband, Andrew, are avid New Jersey Devils fans, and they live in Park Ridge.|
Sonja Rynander is the Assistant Director of All
Church PreSchool who joined
in 2006. She is a graduate of Ramapo College with a BA in
Graphic Design and a BA in Elementary Education with Masters Credits in
Web Design and Usability. She is responsible for all
scheduling and works closely with the Director in all aspects of
administration. Sonja and her husband Jon live in Paramus with their handsome white German Shepherd, Jax (120 lbs of pure love!).
|Mrs. Gail Thorne is Office Manager of All Saints' Church Pre-School. A graduate of Boston Business School, Miss Gail (as she is known around school) manages the day-to-day business operations and human resources at our Preschool. She has been working at the PreSchool since 1986. Gail and her husband Louis live in Glen Rock.|