The elders are responsible for the care and oversight of the church.
What Is an Elder?
From the New Testament we see this responsibility includes: being able to teach the Word (1 Timothy 3:2, 1 Tim 4:13), leading the church (1 Tim 5:17), the exhortation and admonishment of believers in sound doctrine (2 Tim 4:2, Tit 1:9), the shepherding and protection of the church against false teaching (Acts 20: 28-31), visiting and praying for the sick (James 5:14), supporting the weak (Acts 20:34) judgment of doctrinal issues (Acts 15:5- 19), and being examples to the flock (1Pet 5:3).
Meet Our Elders
I grew up happily in England and became a naturalized American citizen 2003. In 1993 I graduated from Sussex University in England with a major in literature. At the age of 30 I became a Christian under the preaching of Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997 I was called as an Assistant Pastor at Redeemer. In 2003 I was called as Organizing Pastor of Redeemer Hoboken Mission Church. In 2005 we were particularized as a self-governing church with our own elders, budget and vision.
I was blessed to have an idyllic childhood. I was the youngest of five kids. My Mom and Dad taught us to know God and the gospel. We were raised in rural Upstate New York, near Buffalo, and mountainous Vermont, near Killington and Pico (if you are a skier). I did two years of college in Middlebury, Vermont then finished with math and economics majors from Brown University.
My adult life has been centered around meeting and marrying Lori Johnson (God is good) and then raising three daughters together. We have spent our married lives in Manhattan, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Hoboken. The moves were part of a 19-year career at J P Morgan, where I did a little bit of everything: commercial lending, domestic and international corporate finance, sales and trading, and futures brokerage. Then in 1993 God gave me a new direction. I was called to teach and work at Mustard Seed School here in Hoboken, which I continue to do now.
Lori and I began attending Redeemer Hoboken in September 1999 when the first public worship service was held. We have been regular attenders and members ever since. We are grateful for this church and the rich fellowship here. God is certainly using Redeemer Hoboken as a beacon in Hoboken and Hudson County. It has been a wonderful church home for our family for more than ten years. Lori and I enjoy all the ways God has called us to serve. We love our Fellowship Group. We are particularly grateful for the blessing it is to worship with children each Sunday.
Redeemer Hoboken is home to me. It’s where I feel comfortable to be myself. I am a wandering Christian, constantly needing grace and forgiveness. This church preaches and practices the gospel; come as you are because you are loved by what Jesus did, not because of what you have done.
I’m originally from Bergenfield but have lived in Hoboken for more than half of my life. I came to attend Stevens and found it difficult to leave. My beautiful wife, Young, our fun daughter, Caroline, our energetic son, Aaron, and I have been very happy here. It is a unique place where people truly like to gather and socialize. Our church community takes full advantage of that and we meet quite often for a variety of reasons; to have fun, to pray, to study, to eat, to simply enjoy each other’s company.
I am originally from Colorado, where I spent much of my time outdoors, backpacking and climbing. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Art and Painting. I moved to New York in the late eighties and studied painting at the New York Academy. My wife, Elizabeth, and I met and married in Hoboken, and lived there for many years while we both worked in the city. We were part of the original Redeemer church plant in Hoboken and led a Fellowship Group in our home on Garden Street. We now live in Rutherford with our sons, Emmett and Benjamin. My desire to serve as an elder springs from the belief that, the Author and Finisher of my faith is leading me in this direction. It is my true hope to stay in step with this calling and that by His grace I may be found useful in the work of His church for the glory of His son.
The Eldership is an ordained position for life, with an initial commitment of service for three years. Our elders meet approximately every three weeks.