We are blessed to be supported in ministry by an amazing staff who handle the operations in the office during the week, prepare for each Sunday’s worship, as well as coordinate and plan the many programs year-round.
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.
Rev. Steve Sage —
Pastor of Discipleship & Teaching Elder
Steve was born and raised in Kansas. He worked for 10 years after college in business before entering pastoral ministry in 2002, serving churches in Colorado and Michigan before joining us at Grace Redeemer. He holds a B.S. in History from Kansas State University, M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and D.Miss. from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies, where he now also serves as part-time Adjunct Faculty in the Doctor of Missiology department. Steve and his wife, Carissa, have three children: Brendan, Caden, and Sydney. Email Steve.
Rev. Ken Lont —
Ken holds a B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary. He founded Applied Biblical Counseling and also ran a family business. After a brief retirement, Ken became the first Executive Director at Grace Redeemer Church. He and his wife Judy have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Email Ken.
Karen Jacobsen —
Director Of Children’s Ministries
Karen arrived at GRC after working with children in Rwanda on behalf of Food for the Hungry. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University. Email Karen.
David Noel Jr. —
Director Of Youth Ministry
David was born and raised in White Plains, NY. After studying Music Psychology and Philosophy at Manhattanville College, David went on to serve as a youth leader in the French Speaking Baptist Church. Along with his work at GRC, he teaches piano to children in New York and Connecticut. Email David.
Karl Stephens —
Director Of Worship Ministries
Karl grew up in a pastor’s home in Ft. Collins, CO. He attended college in SC where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Church Music and where he met his future wife, Ginny. Karl and Ginny are blessed with three daughters: Lauren, Megan, and Kate. Karl comes to NJ after serving for 25 years at churches in Colorado, Virginia, and Arizona. Karl and his family began attending GRC in 2017 when Karl began serving as the Director of Worship Ministries. Email Karl.
Jaclyn Chang —
Director Of Operations
Jaclyn has attended Grace Redeemer since 2002, and began managing Sunday morning logistics in 2003. A graduate of New York University, she and her husband, John, have two children: Rachel and Evan. Email Jaclyn.
Jessica Kern —
Jessica began working at Grace Redeemer Church in 2015 as a child care teacher for the Women’s Bible Study group. She continues that work in addition to now working as a clerical assistant. She lives in Saddle Brook with her husband and their two children. Email Jessica.
Anna Ruberti —
Anna has been a member of Grace Redeemer Church since 2000, and has served in her current capacity since 2004. Educated at Rutgers University—Newark, she and her husband, Ted, have four children: Truman, Sophia, Luke and Calvin. Email Anna.
Rachel Sang —
Assistant Director Of
Children’s Ministries – Elementary
Rachel has attended Grace Redeemer since 2001 and became a member in 2004. She has served in Children’s Ministry as Sunday school teacher and nursery volunteer over the course of those years. Originally from the south, she graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and relocated to New Jersey in 2001. There she met her husband, James, and they are the proud parents of two boys. Email Rachel.
Al Stangl —
Al started employment at Grace Redeemer in May 2017. Previously he worked for Financial Service Inc for 38 years. Al and his wife reside in Midland Park NJ and have 4 children/2 grand children. Email Al.
Teresa Vargas —
Teresa has been the Office Manager at GRC since 2007. Previously, she worked in positions related to sales, management, and administration. She and her husband Victor are parents to Stephanie, Joshua, Emily and Natalie. Email Teresa.