Staff

Rev. Leigh B. Gillis

Transitional Pastor

The Rev. Leigh B. Gillis is a native of Norfolk, VA and has pastored churches in VA, NC and NJ. She was Associate Executive Presbyter for Congregational Vitality of Heartland Presbytery in Kansas City, and has served seven intentional interim pastorates. Leigh holds degrees from Virginia Tech (BA), Norfolk State University (MA) …

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Daniel A. Velez-Acevedo

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

My name is Daniel A. Velez-Acevedo but you can call me Danny. I am the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at FPCC. I’d like to say that it is a tremendous blessing for me to be part of this loving community at FPCC. Thank you for the precious opportunity to …

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Robert Grube

Organist

Bob is a native of Cranford. He graduated from Cranford High School with a Musical Club of Westfield Scholarship. He graduated from Rutgers University and received his Master’s degree from NYU. His organ instructors were Walter Reinhold and David Drinkwater. He has been the organist at First Presbyterian Church since 1965.

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Elsa Gail Hahn

Assistant Music Director

Next to Bob Grube, the church organist, Elsa has been working at FPCC longer than anyone else on the staff. Raised in Westfield, she participated in choirs of the First Congregational Church. She joined their children’s choirs in first grade, under the direction of Evelyn Bleeke, a former director of music ministries at FPCC, …

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Carol Thee

Office Administrator

Carol grew up in Hawthorne, NJ.  She and her husband Don have lived in Cranford since 1969 and raised three children here.  She graduated from College Misericordia and started her career as a biology teacher.  Carol worked with the Religious Education program at the Church of the Assumption in Roselle Park, and …

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