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Pastor Jeniffer Rodriguez

Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

I am Pastor Jeniffer Rodríguez, originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and I am thrilled to be the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ossining, NY.

I was called by God since I was a child but I did not pay to much attention until I came to the United States and started becoming involved at the church and through really deep and powerful experiences, I decided to attend to McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, where I pursued a Master of Divinity. Prior to this degree I pursued a BA in communications from UNAPEC, a university in Dominican Dominica Republic.

I love art in general and one of my passions is to draw, paint and sing. I understand art gives the opportunity to every human being to be connected with God, pray, reflect, and also a way you can be connected to the world. Among my favorite tendencies are impressionism, surrealism and cubism. I am also member and chaplain of the ecumenical choir Cántico Nuevo (New Song) where we spread the word of God at different places through music all over the world.

I am married to Kyle Craig, a great husband and friend. He is passionate about books so you can guess what he does for living! He is a librarian! Both of us are really happy to be part of the Ossining community and looking forward to the opportunities God has for all of us.

Saludos en el Nombre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo! Soy la pastora Jeniffer Rodríguez, originaria de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana y estoy emocionada de ser la pastora de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Ossining, NY.

Recibí el llamado de Dios desde que era pequeña pero no presté mucha atención hasta que llegué a los Estados Unidos y empecé a envolverme en la iglesia y a través de profundas y poderosas experiencias, decidí a asistir al Seminario Teológico McCormick, Chicago, IL, donde obtuve mi maestría en divinidades. Anteriormente a este grado, obtuve un BA en comunicaciones en UNAPEC, universidad en la República Dominicana.

Amo el arte en general y una de mis pasiones es pintar, dibujar y cantar. Entiendo que el arte da oportunidades al ser humano de conectarse con Dios, orando, reflexionando y también como puedes conectarte con el mundo. Entre mis tendencias favoritas están el impresionismo, surrealismo y cubismo. También soy miembro y capellanía de la coral ecuménica Cántico Nuevo (New Song) donde llevamos la palabra de Dios a diferentes lugares a través de la música de diferentes partes del mundo.

Estoy casada con Kyle Craig, un gran esposo y amigo. Mi esposo es apasionado de los libros por lo que pueden adivinar a lo que se dedica, ¡Es un Bibliotecario! Ambos estamos muy felices de ser parte de la comunidad de Ossining y esperamos con ansias las oportunidades que Dios tiene para todos nosotros.

LINDSAY JOYCE-WILKENSOFFICE MANAGER
Lindsay is a life-long resident of Ossining. She graduated from Ossining High School in 2000. She and her husband, Christopher Wilkens, also a life-long Ossining resident, have been together for 20 years and married 7 years ago. They live in Ossining with their two daughters, Miranda, 4, and Kyla, 2.
ROBERT HOLMESSEXTON
Rob Holmes has worked as our sexton since 2001. He has been an Ossining resident for 35 years along with his wife Uycle. Together they have raised 3 children. Rob also currently works as a driver for Jawanio, a drop-in center for disabled adults which meets regularly in our Fellowship Hall.
CAROL ARRUCCI
CAROL ARRUCCIMUSIC DIRECTOR
Carol Arrucci has a long history in music church programs since her first position as Musical Director at Holy Innocence Church in Pleasantville as a teen. She has worked as a professional church cantor and/or director of music ministries off and on for many churches, including St. Paul’s in Greenwich, Ct, North Baptist Church in Portchester, NY, and Trinity United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY, among others. She has served as a substitute for church musicians throughout Westchester for the past few years while opening her successful music school, The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts in two locations, Croton on Hudson and Mohegan Lake, currently upper Westchester’s largest music school with 25 teachers on staff and a resident opera company, Taconic Opera.

Carol is an award winning, 30-year veteran music teacher. She retired from the Hendrick Hudson School District to give CSPA Music School her full-time attention. The award winning Blue Mountain Middle School choirs were her pride and joy. She has been passionate about training the voices of professional children and adults for over 25 years, having done so in the community and on Broadway. Besides teaching private voice and piano, she loves choral conducting, and has had many experiences conducting orchestras for musical theatre and Light Opera, accompanying vocalists and singing professionally. Carol’s ‘Dreamcoat Chorus’ was cast in the Broadway show “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which ran in NYC in 1993-1994. She has also produced shows for her own theatre group, Pleasantville Music Theatre, Inc, and at The Paramount Hudson Valley, Westchester Broadway Theatre and other local venues, serving also as Musical Director for fundraising events at The Peekskill Hudson Room, Westchester Broadway Theatre and her music school which also serves as a performance venue.

Carol is delighted to serve as director of the music ministry at The First Presbyterian Church of Ossining, her hometown. She has produced the first community Ossining ChoirFest in the spring of 2018 , attended by choirs from other local churches and attended by the community. Through the years, she has had a long history of running theatre programs, a bell choir and substituting for music directors at this very church and this place and it’s congregation have always been a blessing in her life. She looks forward to growing the music program at FPCO.

BOARD OF SESSION

Vida Appiah Twumasi
Kofi Boateng
Tom Clemmens
Marcela Denzer
Betsy Ellison
Duna Fullerton
Barbara Gill
Darlene Ruess

BOARD OF DEACONS

Marilyn Bonapace
Elizabeth Otu
Michael Otu
Augustine Yumart
Eva Yumart
Julie Njie
Denys Segarra

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

—1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV

“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’” —From “A Brief Statement of Faith”

At the core of Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to lives lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.” (Book of Order F-1.0204)

This strong emphasis on the grace of God in Jesus Christ is our heritage from the founder of the Reformed tradition, John Calvin.

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