Pastor: Rev. Bob Anderle
Pastor Bob began serving Union Church of Bay Ridge in February 2018. Born and raised a Midwesterner, he graduated with a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and began his career in social work in Detroit, Michigan, in 1992. Answering the call to ministry, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he obtained his M.Div. at McCormick Seminary. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Detroit in 2000, and subsequently served as pastor of his first church on the north side of Chicago. Pastor Bob’s career has bridged pastoral ministry and social work for 25 years now, and most recently brought him to New York State to serve as pastor of a small congregation in the Town of Wallkill in Orange County.
Pastor Bob is married to Jacqui, and with her is the proud parent of two children, Braden, 5, and Lydia, 3; the family now lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. For many years, he has enjoyed playing acoustic guitar, singing, and songwriting. He also enjoys travel, reading, jogging, cross-country skiing, movies and theater, the visual arts, listening to all kinds of music, and watching pro bull-riding.
Playgroup Director and Administrator: Jen Kruger
Minister of Music: Nana Shi
A native of China, pianist Nana Shi enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, and music director. Praised as “spellbinding” by the New York Times for a collaboration with her husband and violinist, Alex Shiozaki, she has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and at festivals such as the Banff Music Center, Chelsea Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center among others. She frequently performs chamber music around the city and as the pianist of the Shiozaki Duo.
Nana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master/Bachelor of Music degree from University of of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She currently teaches as an Adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz and serves as an accompanist of The Juilliard School's Preparatory Division. She is also the assistant director of Dalton Chorale in Manhattan. She has been the music minister and organist at the Union Church of Bay Ridge since fall 2013.
President: Carmelo DiBartolo
Clerk of Session: Michelle Gibbens
Deacons: Michele DiBartolo, Johanna Joseph, Isabel Morales, Victor Morales
Other Members: Carmelo DiBartolo, Andrew Joseph, Annette Lee, Elizabeth Theofan
Sunday school: Jen Kruger