Rev. Richard Hong
Our pastor since 2005, Rich received the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and did his undergraduate work at Princeton University, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Prior to entering ministry, Rich ran his own software consultancy for twenty years, writing computer programs for research scientists in the pharmaceutical industry. He grew up in Chicago (a lifelong Cubs fan) , though he has lived in New Jersey ever since college. Rich particularly enjoys teaching, currently teaching several life-long learning courses at Union Theological Seminary after having taught Presbyterian history, worship, and polity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He often speaks on the use of technology in ministry. Rich also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Bergen County.
Rich's dream for First Presbyterian Church is that it will continue its growth as a multicultural and intergenerational congregation. He has a passion for evangelism and mission, and believes all congregations should be outward-focused and driven to be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving others.
Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo
Director of Mission Strategy
Kellie Anderson-Picallo is a minister and media professional. She is an ordained Presbyterian
PC (USA) minister and a former PBS and Discovery Channel producer who has received awards including a Time Magazine Award, an Emmy Award and 2 Telly’s.
A frequent preacher and teacher, she knows the power of the media to create social change. She consults on religion, media and communications. The former Director of the Auburn Media & Messaging program at Auburn Theological Seminary, Kellie remains a Senior Media Trainer and leads workshops to equip values leaders with media-savvy skills which have been a resource to more than 3,000 faith leaders. She previously coordinated ON Scripture at Odyssey Networks, a multimedia resource that approaches the Bible and Lectionary through the lens of current events.
Kellie is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in NYC with an undergraduate degree in journalism. Kellie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and high school and college-aged kids.
Dr. David S. Macfarlane
Director of Music
Our Organist and Choirmaster since 2002, Dr. David Macfarlane is a native of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois and University of Hartford and earned his Doctorate at Rutgers University.
Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, David was the Director of Music at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan for ten years. During the time he established the Musica Trinitatis Concert Series and oversaw the installation of the church's new Letourneau tracker pipe organ.
David is active in the American Guild of Organists and currently serves on the National Council as Councilor for Region II. He holds the Associate Certificate of the AGO, and was a finalist in the National Competition in Organ Improvisation held at the national convention in 2002.
In addition to playing many recitals, Dr. Macfarlane teaches privately and serves as organist for Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, NY.
Director of Family Ministries
Felicia Arrigoitia is so excited to be on the FPC team as the Director of Family Ministries. She has been involved in education and parish life for many years.She holds a BA in Elementary Education & Psychology and for more than 10 years, has home-schooled her 2 daughters. She is a member of the NJHSA and is active in the regional homeschooling community. Felicia has also served many functions, over the years, within her church (youth group, children's liturgy, hospitality, social justice, to name a few) An avid gardener and cook, Felicia resides in Bergen County, with her family and their 3 cats.
Director of Care Ministries
Dorothy VanderWerf, Activities Director since 1995, lives in Glen Rock, NJ. She is a graduate of Hope College, Holland, Michigan with a degree in Education. Dorothy worked as Minister for Parish Life at Community Church, Glen Rock, for 22 years. Dorothy provides staff services for the Deacons and Healthy Aging program.
Other interests are her work with Church World Service/CROP Walks in Bergen County, Christian Education in the Presbytery of the Palisades, serves on the Congregation Support and Resource Unit and is a POINT person (Presbyterians Organized in Nurturing and Teaching) for the Presbytery. She is a Board Member of Glen Courts, Senior Housing in Glen Rock since 1983.
Dorothy is an advocate for the 4 H’s, as she calls it: Habitat, Hunger, Homelessness and Heifer. Dorothy enjoys reading, walking, visiting with family and friends. She has three sons, two daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren. She and her late husband, Nate, have always been involved in ecumenical causes.