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 young grandchildren  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, Jon, have two grown children, three delightful grandchildren, and two charming step-great-grandchildren.  They also have a silly cat and a varying number of fish.
Nicole Babington
Minister for Faith Formation

Nicole Babington has been a Church School teacher for 7 years, and has served as the Interim Director of Christian Education for the First Congregational Church of River Edge since March 2017 before assuming the Minister for Faith Formation position in January 2018.

She has been a member of the First Congregational Church of River Edge for 22 years.

Nicole is the mother of four daughters, ranging from middle school to college to adult, all of whom are being raised in the Church School and remain active in the Church.
Nicole has also been an initiator and facilitator of many dynamic activities for young people and families in the congregation and has also served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for all four daughters throughout the years.

She also works part time in the Office of Student Life at Bergen Community College, coordinating and planning events for the 40+ student clubs on campus.

Nicole lives in River Edge with her husband, 4 daughters, a dog and a variety of fish.

Jeff Bernard
Financial Secretary

Jeff assumed the role of Financial Secretary for the church in 2018. He grew up in Fort Lee and currently lives with his wife and two school-age children in Oradell.  He serves as an independent contractor in the areas of accounting and finance, which allows him to work from home and spend time with his children. 

Jeff is a dedicated volunteer firefighter for over 25 years, former fire chief, and currently volunteers with both the Oradell and Fort Lee Fire Departments. He is also an EMT with the Fort Lee Ambulance Corps and teaches CPR, First-Aid and EMT courses for various organizations.  

Jeff attended Manhattan College where he majored in Finance and marketing.  Prior to becoming an independent contractor, Jeff worked at Fiserv Investment Services.

In his spare time, Jeff works with the Oradell Kids Foundation, host of the annual Oradell 5K, an organization dedicated to raising funds for the children of Oradell.  When his work, family, and volunteer commitments allow, Jeff likes to run the occasional 5k, do yard work, watch movies and sleep.


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.

Church Officers

Moderator                                           Russell Van Wetering                  moderator@fccriveredge.org


Church Clerk                                       Alice Rushforth                            arushforth@verizon.net

Treasurer                                              Linda Stark                                  office@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