Staff & Leadership

Staff & Leadership


Rev. 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.  In recent years, Pastor Kendra has served as president of the Kingston Area Council of Churches, Vice President and President of the Mid-Hudson Classis, and served as a member of the Health Alliance Foundation Board and on the Kingston Police Commission. 

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.

Office Manager

Ellen Dockery, Office Manager at Fair Street is in the office Monday-Friday 9am-2pm.

You can reach her via email at 

Ellen enjoys books, crafts and nature. She loves dining out and spending time with her feline companion called Lambchop. Ellen is an avid collector of many things including taxidermy and vintage globes.



Tina Meschi is the newest member of the team and is serving as Treasurer. You’ll want to check back here for more information and more about Tina.


Our Interim Treasurer is Jon Brown, to reach him or Tina with any financial related questions, you can email them both at 


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.


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.