Meet Our Staff

  • Dennis Jones

    Pastor & Head of Staff

    E-mail Dennis Jones
    908-766-1616 x15

    The Reverend Dennis W. Jones began his ministry as the nineteenth pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge on May 11, 2009.

    A native of Basking Ridge, Dennis attended Boston College, graduated from the University of Delaware in 1984, and returned to his hometown to become a police officer. Dennis was often referred to as “Father” by his fellow officers because of the philosophy with which he approached his job. Upon hearing God’s call to become a pastor, Dennis studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity, and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1990.

    He began his ministry as an associate pastor with a focus on youth and their families in Charlotte, NC at the Sardis Presbyterian Church. In 1993, Dennis returned to New Jersey to serve in a similar role here at BRPC for six years. In 1999 Dennis was called to become the pastor of Alexandria First Presbyterian Church in Milford, NJ, where he served for ten years. Dennis was called to return home to BRPC in 2009 and serves as pastor and head of staff.

    Dennis is married to Emily, and their daughter is Teresa.


    Dr. Maureen Paterson

    Associate Pastor

    E-mail Dr. Maureen Paterson
    908-766-1616 x11

    Maureen was privileged to grow up in a Christian home and blessed to be part of a church family.

    After high school, she began a study of Divinity at St. Andrews University in Scotland.  Through her participation in a Prison Fellowship group that ministered to young inmates, she felt called to ordained ministry.  After being selected for ministry by the Church of Scotland and graduation from St. Andrews, Maureen completed two years of post graduate work at the University of Edinburgh.  During that time, she gained valuable skills for ministry through her work alongside a chaplain in a general hospital.

    After serving in a one year student internship in Aberdeen, NC, Maureen served as Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Youth in Raeford, NC for over six years, as well as in various positions within the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina. In September 2007, Maureen joined the staff of The Presbyterian church of Basking Ridge as the Director of Youth and Education. In May 2009, Maureen received her Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia with a focus in Christian Spirituality.

    After serving for three years as Director of Youth and Education, the congregation of The Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge called Dr. Paterson as Associate Pastor in September 2010.

    Maureen and her husband Ian have three sons, Gregor, Angus and Callum, and a daughter, Isla.

    Cathi Reckenbeil

    Director of Ministries to Youth, Young Adults, and their Families

    E-mail Cathi Reckenbeil
    908-766-1616 x 17
    908-240-2060 (cell)

    Cathi ministers to youth from grade 6 through high school, young adults college-age and after, and their families.

    Cathi loves being able to work alongside youth and young adults to follow God’s call. She believes her mission is to help our youth, young adults and their families to grow in faith in Christ and to be God’s hands and feet here on Earth, as we help to transform our local communities and the greater world. She looks for the good in people and regularly sees the presence of God at work in others. She knows that God loves each of us as we are, for we were made in God’s image, with different and amazing gifts. Before coming to BRPC, Cathi was the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Bridgewater United Methodist Church for 14 years.

    Cathi lives in Branchburg with her husband, Don, and Emily, the youngest of their three adult children. She grew up in Florham Park and went to Bucknell University.

    Susan Ward

    Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries

    E-mail Susan Ward
    908-766-1616 x14

    Susan oversees the ministries to children from birth through 5th grade, and their families.

    Chris Fortin

    Director of Music Ministries

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    Chris joined our staff in April 2015, coming from The Presbyterian Church at New Providence, where he inspired choirs and musicians to lead in worship for over 12 years. Chris is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and has also led music ministries in Presbyterian churches in Morris Plains and Mount Holly, NJ. Chris has a passion for ministry and strives to enhance worship through the arts. In addition to his vocal, choral and keyboard skill, he brings a love of composing and arranging music. He brings special talents and experience for music in both traditional and informal worship styles.

    Beth Donley

    Director of Children's Music Ministry

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    Beth directs our children’s music ministries. In addition, she leads music for Vacation Bible School and works with the Children’s Ministry Council to introduce music into the Sunday School program. She has been a member of the staff since 2005.

    Beth is also a member of our congregation and has sung in the Senior and Oratorio choirs since 1995, adding her voice to the ensembles and gracing our services with beautiful solos.

    Beth graduated from The University of Delaware as a business major and a music minor. She has studied voice for many years and has also attended classes and workshops in children’s music leadership.

    Janet Bentley

    Church Administrator & Treasurer

    E-mail Janet Bentley
    908-766-1616 x18

    Janet has been our Church Administrator and Treasurer since 1996. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, she manages the care and maintenance of the church facilities and grounds, including our historic church cemetery. She is responsible for the church’s financial and administrative policies and procedures, and serves as our Human Resources manager. Janet supervises our amazing church support staff which include the church administrative assistants, assistant treasurers and sextons. Janet can be reached at the office Monday through Thursday.

    Cara Burchett

    Pastoral Administrative Assistant

    E-mail Cara Burchett
    908-766-1616 x19

    This position provides support to clergy, program staff, the Clerk of Session and council/committee members as appropriate.  Cara is often the first voice one hears when calling our office to reach a pastor in a time of need.  Her primary responsibilities are preparation of worship bulletins and supporting the administrative needs of the pastors.  Contact Cara with requests for bulletin announcements, and to schedule baptisms and weddings.

    Cara joined the staff in August 2009.  She works Monday through Thursday from  9 am to 4:30 pm.

    Janîce Leotti

    Church Administrative Assistant

    E-mail Janîce Leotti
    908-766-1616 x12

    As the Church Administrative Assistant, Janîce (pronounced Janeese) Maintains the church membership database and the master calendar. She also provides administrative support to the education ministries–programs spanning ages from infant to Adult, and our New Member Welcoming Team.

    Janîce’s hours are M-Th, 10 am – 5 pm

    Gary Ingram

    Communication Coordinator

    E-mail Gary Ingram
    908-766-1616 x13

    Gary Ingram is the communication coordinator, responsible for building and maintaining the church’s website, and assisting with other communications as needed. He is in the office 11 am – 5 pm on Mondays thru Thursdays.

    Michelle Lew


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    Michelle is the Church Receptionist. She welcomes and assists people who call or come into the church office. In addition Michelle provides administrative support to the entire office staff.

    Michelle is on duty Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm.

    Liz Messineo

    Assistant Treasurer

    E-mail Liz Messineo
    908-766-1616 x21

    Liz comes to the Treasurer’s office from a life-time of church membership. She has served on numerous committees and board, and has sung in church choirs since she was six. Professionally, Liz worked in the accounting departments of various insurance companies, and currently manages the family business, NJ Film School.

    As Assistant Treasurer, Liz is responsible for payments, payroll, and maintaining our church financial records. She is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-400.

    Nancy Kuhn

    Assistant Treasurer

    E-mail Nancy Kuhn
    908-766-1616 x21

    Nancy brings her financial background and great attention to detail to her job as Assistant Treasurer. She is responsible for maintaining  our contribution records and member statement preparation.

    Nancy and her family (husband John and daughter Stefani) joined the church in 2002.

    Nancy is in the office Monday and Wednesday mornings.

    David Brownlee

    Church Sexton
    908-766-1616 x16

    David Brownlee plays several roles on the staff. During the week he cares for the church buildings and grounds. On Sunday, and for other special services, David serves as our Worship Sexton, preparing the sanctuary for worship and assisting the clergy. He also heads our worship service recording team. David has been a member of the staff since 1999.

    David works Monday–Fridays from 7 a.m. – noon, and on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

    Paul Bachem

    Church Sexton

    Paul’s main focus will be the Church House side of the campus. His hours are Monday through Thursday 11am until 3pm.

    He will be available to support special projects and services as needed.