While the work of the church is something we all share -- these are the folks who bring our programs to life, day in and day out.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Chris came into the Presbyterian family while studying Drama and Music at Texas Woman's University. Chris, who had grown up Baptist, was a scholarship choir member at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, TX. The creative Spirit was particularly alive at Trinity, and the worlds of theology, the arts, justice, curiosity and imagination found new life for Chris – and an unexpected journey began. After college, Chris made the leap from Texas to New York City, earning his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Chris was ordained into service in 2004, as Co-Pastor of three congregations in Bergen County, NJ. In 2007 he joined the staff of Hudson River Presbytery (a regional community of 88 churches) as Congregational Connections Presbyter – where he worked with social-justice seekers from across the Hudson Valley, engaging in ministry together in local prisons, the storm ravaged Gulf Coast, and in deeply challenging but inspiring communities in Peru, among others. Chris was called as Broadway's Pastor in 2011, and is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant BPC community.
Becca Seely leads the way with LaMP - the Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian campus ministry in Morningside Heights. She was not raised in church and first began to explore questions of faith when she was in college. As a result, she is particularly passionate about working with young adults who are asking questions about God and what gives our lives meaning and purpose. She loves hearing people's stories, learning new things, and discovering the unexpected ways God is working in the world around us. In her free time, she enjoys running and biking in Central Park, hanging out with her wife, Abby, and planning elaborate theme parties. She graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2012 with a Master of Divinity and holds a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In addition to serving LaMP, Becca serves as Pastor of The Vine NYC Citywide College Ministry and Executive Director of Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education of NYC.
Stephanie joined the BPC team in 2014 in the position of Church Administrator. She has a background in both office management, with a degree from Berkeley College, and child care, making her an excellent fit for our team. She is a life long Bergen County, NJ resident; in fact she is part of the 4th generation of a large family born and raised in Bergen County. Stephanie is an avid sports fan, following her favorite teams, the Yankees, the Jets, and the Islanders. She also loves to do photography as a hobby. And, fair warning, Jersey Girl though she proudly is, you might just hear country music coming from her office.
Lights & Sound Engineer
Patrick Mahaney is a very handy person to have around. Patrick has been a part of the BPC family since he was a kid, and it seems unlikely that he'll ever grow up, which is good news for everyone! Patrick brings light to our building in ways practical and metaphorical, both inside and out. An information technology specialist by day, and a theatrical designer by night, Patrick always has some creative project going on. For down time, you might find him on a sailboat off Long Island, or in an RV (or motorcycle) heading cross country. Patrick also serves as one of BPC's great team of Elders.
Gregory Togbah is a New Yorker, through and through. Born in Metropolitan Hospital and raised in the City all his life, Gregory says, “I’ve seen a lot, as a child and as a grown-up, but life goes on.” Gregory has worked at Broadway Presbyterian Church since 2002. One of his favorite jobs at BPC is opening the church doors on Sunday morning – in doing so, Gregory gets our spirit of welcome started. A fan of different kinds of music, he also likes to D.J. whenever he gets the chance.
Laurens Feliksdal was born in Suriname, in South America. He graduated from the Algemene Middelbare School, the oldest educational institution in Suriname. He came to the United States in 1986, and has four children: Gilton, Eunice, Jamal, and Chantal. He loves sports (especially the local New York teams) and enjoys good food. Laurens says, “I love working for BPC, because I meet new people every day and get the chance to help.”
Carter is a child of God and a proud Presbyterian! She is a third-year student at Princeton Theological Seminary and a candidate for ordination in the PC(USA). Carter loves to talk to God while running, doing yoga, and walking around her neighborhood: West Harlem, NYC. Carter is looking forward to sharing the Word and seeing what amazing things God is doing through the congregation at Broadway!