Staff & Leadership

Staff & Leadership

Staff

Pastor Kendra Van Houten grew up in a small community in Michigan. After serving two churches in youth ministry, and working with various Christian youth organizations,  Pastor Kendra felt the call into ordained ministry. In 2010, when she completed her studies at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, FSRC called her to be the Minister. Pastor Kendra is the past president of the Kingston Area Council of Churches, currently serving as Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Classis, and is a member of the Health Alliance Foundation Board. Congregation members praise Pastor Kendra not only for her

Fair Streeters praise Pastor Kendra not only for her preaching but also that she readily shares kind and compassionate pastoral care with each member of the congregation.

Jill Aberle, our Office Manager and Treasurer, will most likely answer the phone when you call the church. Jill came to Fair Street through her kids and their experiences in the Fair Street Nursery, and Vacation Bible School (VBS). That experience motivated her to join the church and use her skills as a human resource expert to help support this community.

 

Barbara Bender came to Kingston after retiring from working in higher education in Nebraska. One of the first things she did was to look for a church community, she was “church shopping”. Fair Street was a fit for her because of the friendliness of the congregation. She got involved volunteering at the Fairly New Thrift Shop just as it was redefining its mission. Barbara took over management and has been leading the all-volunteer team ever since.

Cathy Maletta has been the director of the Fair Street Nursery since 1987. Over the years she has developed programming to meet the needs of young learners.


Leadership

A Reformed Church in America congregation may be represented as a circle with the consistory, including the pastor, inside. The whole circle stands together under the wisdom and guidance of the Word of God. The same Word measures each and all of us. The Consistory at Fair Street provides leadership to the church and is made up of Elders, Deacons and Pastor. This group works together to lead the church. The Elders care for the Spiritual well-being of the people and the Deacons care for the physical well-being of the church.