Our people

  • Rev. Noel D. Vanek

    Our Pastor

    "Pastor Noel" as he prefers to be called, brings a wealth of ministerial experience to our community.  He has served as a pastor in the New York City area more than 25 years. We welcome his leadership, guidance, and friendship, along with his inquisitive yet prayerful spirit and sly sense of humor.


    See more from Noel at his Pastor's Blog, or through one of his recent sermons.



  • Paul L. Johnson

    Our Music Director

    Paul has served as organist/choir director/handbell choir director at the Community Church of the Pelhams since November 1983. A composer/lyracists, he has also worked as a musical director in over 150 productions in Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and regional theatres and in cabaret revues. 

  • Rev. Lillian Reynolds

    Teacher, Growing God In You

    Rev. Dr. Lillian F. Reynolds teaches Growing God in You to the children at The UCC Community Church of the Pelhams. She works as the Districtwide Homeless Liaison for the Mt. Vernon City School District. She is the wife of Rodney J. Reynolds for 34 yrs and is the mother of 2 adult sons and 1 daughter in law.


  • Virginia Rios

    Church Secretary

    Virginia has worked at Community Church as Office Assistant for 16 years, has lived in Pelham for 23 years and has been married for 37 years.  The mother of two grown boys, she is lucky to have her children live nearby - especially her young grandson with whom she enjoys spending her free time.