236 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Ave., New York, NY Sunday Service at 11 AM



Andrew Stehlik, Pastor

RutgersPresb2015-020Pastor Andrew is originally from the Czech Republic. He studied theology in Prague and Edinburgh, and received Th.D. (Doctor of Theology) from Charles University in Prague for the study of Ancient Near East history and religion. He served two churches in the Czech Republic, the last one being in Prague. In 1999-2000, Rev. Stehlik was a mission partner in residence and a mission and theology interpreter with the Presbyterian denominational headquarters in Louisville and Louisville Theological Seminary. In the summer of 2002, he accepted a call from West Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, NY. From Advent 2009 he serves Rutgers Presbyterian church being attracted by its inclusive spirit. Andrew, having grown up in church under a totalitarian regime, considers the quest for truth, justice and peace to be an essential part of church’s calling. At the same time, he knows that curiosity, playfulness and creativity are integral parts of a living faith.



Ashley Birt, Director of Christian Education

RjA6NbbkDwCo4sKaF21pR3aXkOHkSmb9PW8r4C46k7cMeet our new Director of Christian Education, Ashley Birt. Ashley graduated this Spring with a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Previously, she obtained a MA in Theater Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked with youth groups in several Presbyterian Churches in Pennsylvania and New York, and also brings a background in music, theater and LGBTQ advocacy! Ashley is a Steelers fan who enjoys kickball, sound and lighting design, and the Food Network. We welcome Ashley to Rutgers Presbyterian Church!



Mary Nelson, Organist & Music Director

SkAgNSmHiV5yN_w2aHCe6lYzX_qUW2i7xOruHtAZlV4Mary is a full time director of music at the Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is also the Co-Choral Director, Organist and Handbell Director for the Choate Rosemary Hall School as well. Mary holds a B.S. Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin and a M.M. of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music. She has done additional graduate studies at the Westminster Choir College and the Julliard School of Music. Mary has held church positions in Minnesota, Illinois, Connecticut and at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.



James Balmer, Choir Director

WM-MCARRcYks8-3zNDadfg664cGTkhpRtP2r10X6iNkJames is also a full time director of music at the Fairfield Country Day School and the Co-Director of Choirs at the Choate School. Jim holds a B.A. degree in music from the College Misericordia, a M.M. in Music from the Hartt School of Music and he is a D.M.A. candidate in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois. He has also done additional study at both the Julliard School and Westminster Choir College. Jim has also served churches in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut and at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.



Dave Mammen, Church Administrator

q4hjYEvoyfjLqjHSxCYhon_N_bbBDP2kuKSfgZpIDPEDave Mammen has been an executive of three nonprofit organizations concerned with development, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Cross-Cultural Solutions, an international volunteer organization. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Master in City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fulbright scholar in Tokyo (1986) and a visiting Professor at Kyoto University (2006-2007), and served as Chairman of the International Division of the American Planning Association for ten years.  He is the author of Creating Recovery: Values and Approaches in New York after 9/11, published in 2011 in English and Japanese by Fuji Technology Press.



Dermonte Alleyne, Facilities Manager

uPyQqBrKaDwEKQTREVB-a1-KVf8b9yedd-tSYWXzAvoMr. Alleyne, a native of Barbados, has been on the Rutgers staff for 20 years, the past 12 years as Facilities Manager. Dermonte has extensive experience in the overall maintenance and management of commercial and residential real estate and holds all of the necessary certifications from the New York City Department of Buildings and the Fire Department of the City of New York. Mr. Alleyne is directly responsible for the complete oversight of all church properties, including all maintenance and security.



Tina Forman, Full Charge Bookkeeper

-vnaDTzQNw-mK1pCusl4h4CYp5ODlo_1HsOxO5nAX8YTina Forman was born and grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam where she earned a bachelor’s degree in math and physics and taught high school math for 6 years.  She learned accounting in Cambodia and worked as an accountant for a travel agency in Phnom Penh for 5  years.   After moving to New York, Tina earned a certificate in  bookkeeping from Queens College and joined the staff of Rutgers Presbyterian Church in 2000.



Jennifer Moore, Programs Coordinator

SNL4YlWZyj5xjJq4SKeulGBsSzrj8PNIdX-VCSDsgooJennifer Moore is the Programs Coordinator and an Instructor in the Toddler Playgroups and On My Own playgroups. She has been with Rutgers Community Programs since 2007, and attended our playgroups and worked as a group leader when her daughter was younger. She has a B.A. from NYU.





Lesley Countryman, Programs Outreach Advisor

aYK0_ygULUhiF-ERh2DP2NDNBzX4AKiJ9YV4QPMzzlQLesley Countryman began as an instructor with Rutgers Community Programs in 2003. She teaches Art Play and Once Upon an Artist, and is also Programs Outreach Advisor, responsible for marketing and outreach. After a career as a performing artist, she taught in the afterschool program at PS9. Lesley has a B.A. from Connecticut College.




Janara Kellerman, Church Administrative Assistant

Eygh6aJ6GZJ10A0VxHnExPWTx-zproptAxewSAdPRUUJanara Kellerman, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has enjoyed a long career as a professional opera singer performing  on opera and concert stages here and abroad in such operas as Carmen,  Aida, L’Italiana in Algeri, Il Trovatore  and the Verdi Requiem. She has been the Alto Soloist with the Rutgers Choir since 2011 and joined the Rutgers office staff full time in March of 2015. She holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Voice Performance from Simpson College and the University of Memphis.



Staff List

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Andrew Stehlik, Pastor – astehlik@rutgerschurch.org
Rev. Laura Jervis, Parish Associate  – ljervis@rutgerschurch.org
Rev. Charles A. Amstein, Parish Associate

Administrative Staff

Dave Mammen, Church Administrator – dmammen@rutgerschurch.org
Janara Kellerman, Church Administrative Assistant – jkellerman@rutgerschurch.org
Tina Forman, Bookkeeper – tina@rutgerschurch.org
Dermonte Alleyne, Facilities Manager – dermonte@rutgerschurch.org
Peter Rinaldi, A/V Technician

Program Staff

Ashley Birt, Director for Educational Ministries – Ashley@rutgerschurch.org
Jennifer Moore, Community Programs Coordinator – jmoore@rutgerschurch.org
Lesley Countryman, Programs Outreach Advisor – lcountryman@rutgerschurch.org
Douglas S. Rowan, Men’s Support Group

Support Staff—Facilities

Sam Bugre, Security
Nigel Clarke, Maintenance
Kesta Joseph, Security & Maintenance
Frank Manzanet, Resident Superintendent
Michael Gilfillan, Security & Maintenance
Frederick Nurse, Security