Our Leadership

The Elders, Deacons, and Staff of First Presbyterian Church would like to welcome you and your family. We are a committed group of people from all over the country. We are from all walks of life, and would like to think we resemble our church - a melting pot of people who love God and care about each other. If we can provide any information, prayer, or assistance, please contact the church office. 

Rev. Justin J Warner,

Transitional/Interim Senior Pastor & Head of Staff

Rev. Justin Warner is originally from Marietta, Ohio, and is the oldest of 4. He attended the College of Wooster and studied Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience, planning to attend medical school. Justin's work centered on pediatric medicine & research, and he has published and presented his work at international conferences in auditory neuroscience and rare genetic disorders that impact the peripheral and central nervous system in children and young adults. 


After getting accepted to multiple medical schools and with much discernment, he prayerfully received the redirection God placed before him to serve in ordained ministry. He enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity & Masters of Art in Christian Education & Formation in 2022. Justin is married to Melany Le, and they met while attending the College of Wooster. Melany has a BA in Communications from Wooster and an MA in Communications & Media from Rutgers University. She currently works as a Business Development Associate at Nerdwallet in NYC's Financial District. 


While in Princeton, Justin served as a program facilitator, data analyst, and pastoral care associate for a nearby PCUSA congregation. He has experience in various fields and has worked in youth ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and more. Justin was ordained as Minister of Word & Sacrament at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, Ohio, on October 23, 2022, the same church where Justin was baptized and confirmed. You can watch the service here


We are excited to have Pastor Justin serve here at FPC Rutherford. He brings a unique worldview with a passion for pastoral care and revitalization during seasons of transition. Rev. Warner is excited to accompany us on this journey as we listen well to one another and develop a clear mission and vision for our church. This is a busy season in the church's life, especially with the anticipation and hope for change on the horizon and Advent quickly approaching. We hope you will join us on this journey together! 


Office Hours: 9am-1pm Monday-Thursday & by appointment

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Debbie Tryanowski,

Christian Education Assistant

Debbie has been the Christian Education Assistant since 2016 but has been volunteering with the First Pres Kids Children's Program since 2015. She is thankful to be part of this wonderful church family and enjoys the work God has her in. She has a passion for working with children of all ages and strives to make a difference in the lives of kids and families as they grow spiritually and come to know the amazing love of God. She enjoys teaching God's word in fun and creative ways.  


Debbie is a lifelong resident of Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1997, she received an Associate Degree from Bergen Community College. In 2002, she married her husband, Vic. She spent several years as a stay at home mom, raising their two daughters, Ava and Kyla. During this time, she enjoyed volunteering at their preschool and elementary schools. She currently works as a teacher assistant in a preschool class. She has worked in a professional childcare environment for several years with children ages 6 months to 5 years. 


In her spare time, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and exploring her creative side through arts and crafts such as doll making, soap making, and crochet. Debbie also has an interest in natural health, wellness, and fitness.


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Elders and Deacons

ELDERS


2022

Kathleen Kazalis

Patricia Ruggero-Porter

Ellen Smith


2023

Ray Fahmy

Linda Lanz

Robert Sibilio


2024

Akua Yeboah-Asuamah

John Ledwith

James Vermeulen


Clerk of Session

Ruth Neuhauser


  DEACONS


2022

Doug Kittridge

Bing Qiang Lu

Jeff Scott


2023

Lynn Chiappa

Willy Dammers

Bonnie Sheppard


2024

Carolyn Guerrero

Dimitra Skenderi

Lena Merrill


Moderator of Deacons

Bonnie Sheppard