Grace Redeemer is a Presbyterian church whose spiritual leadership rests with the Session—a body comprised of Teaching Elders (i.e., pastors and associate pastors) and Ruling Elders. In the Bible, the terms “elder” and “overseer” are used interchangeably to refer to this position of spiritual leadership over a local church. The elders are called to shepherd the flock, to teach the Scriptures to the congregation, to guard the church from false teaching, and to demonstrate Christ-like character.

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Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. —1st Timothy 3:2-4


Rev. Peter Wang — Senior Pastor, Teaching Elder

A native of New Jersey, Peter came to Grace Redeemer in 2004 after ministering in Delaware and—prior to seminary—working in the financial sector. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Peter and his wife, Cedar, have three children: Matthew, Kaylyn and Mitchell. Peter serves as Moderator of Session. Email Peter.

Lee Augsburger — Ruling Elder

Lee recently retired as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Prudential Financial, Inc. He is currently pursuing his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. Lee and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter. They have been members of GRC since 2013.

John Chung — Ruling Elder

John is a medical director in Oncology at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. John and his wife, Kayla, live in Wyckoff with their two children. The family started attending GRC in 2008, and John was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2012.

John Gregory — Ruling Elder

John has been a member of GRC since 2008. A resident of Wyckoff, he has led a Growth Group for the past 4+ years. He has sung in the GRC choir and, on occasion, led morning worship. John is an independent writer of feature articles and website content and published a historical fiction novel in 2014.

Steve Hoogerhyde — Ruling Elder

Steve has attended Grace Redeemer Church since 2005 and was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2006. He recently retired as an Executive Vice President of Clifton Savings Bank and resides in Hackensack.

Matthias Prinz — Ruling Elder

Matthias began attending Grace Redeemer Church in 2009 and received an ordination as a Ruling Elder in 2013. Married to Karola and father of four, Matthias is a resident of Ridgewood and a Principal in Global Commercial Consulting at Decision Resources Group.

Donald Thampy — Ruling Elder

Donald and wife, Maya, have been attending GRC since 2013 and became members within a year. They have 2 beautiful daughters, Nehara and Neriah. He’s an Account Manager at Accenture, with focus on the pharmaceutical industry.