Our Staff

Rev. Dennis TeBeest

Pastoral leadership of congregations in the Body of Christ has been a central passion for me for over three decades.  I have served as Senior Pastor of two local congregations of the Reformed Church in America in Western Michigan, as well as the Preakness Reformed Church, in Wayne, NJ, for twelve years.  While in New Jersey, I also enjoyed a decade of teaching worship and mission history at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. 

I grew up in Wisconsin, and received degrees from Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame (Go, Irish!). 

I have adult children and a young granddaughter all living in Washington, D.C. 

I am an avid road-biker and kayaker (with a special love of the lower Connecticut River).  I find joy in good food and friendships.  Running, reading good novels, snowshoeing, gardening, and enjoying Irish football round out my joys. 



Gloria Norton, S.M.M.
Minister of Music

 Gloria is originally from the State of Washington and  is a graduate of Hope College in Holland Michigan, Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Montclair State University.  For many years, she taught music in Fort Lee Public Schools.  Gloria has been Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church of River Edge since 1990 and also teaches music courses for Road Scholars (formerly known as Elder Hostels).  Gloria and her husband have two grown children, two delightful grandsons and two charming step-great-grand children.  The Nortons also have two cats and a varying number of fish.
Anne Marie Cooper
Administrative Assistant

Anne Marie is originally from Croatia, graduated from Berkeley College and comes with 20 plus years of Corporate experience. 

She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling,  bike riding, and the Jersey Shore.

Elaine Bednarek
Elaine Bednarek holds the position of Bookkeeper at First Congregational Church.  

She  also works four days a week  (Monday through Thursday) as Financial Administrator for the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains. 

Elaine brings us her extensive experience and expertise.
Nicole Babington
Christian Education Support

Church Officers

Moderator                                           Russell Van Wetering                  moderator@fccriveredge.org


Church Clerk                                       Alice Rushforth                            arushforth@verizon.net

Treasurer                                              Linda Stark                                  office@fccriveredge.org

Financial Secretary                               Dona Berg                                  financialsect@fccriveredge.org

Monday - Closed
Tuesday  Open 9:00 am ~ 4:30 pm
Wednesday Open 9:00 am ~ 4:30 pm
Thursday Open 9:00 am ~ 4:30 pm
Friday Open 9:00 am ~ 4:30 pm

First Congregational Church of River Edge
109 Continental Avenue , River Edge, NJ 07661
Tel: 201.261.1712
 Email: office@fccriveredge.org