Leadership

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Pastor Jay Unzaga

Pastor

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Since 2017, Pastor Jay has served as the sixth Pastor of Good Shepherd. Originally from Chile, he studied in Argentina, Germany and Philadelphia and has served in various capacities in several congregations as: Youth Director, Contemporary Worship Leader, Mission Developer and Pastor. He serves the wider community leading worship at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community and writing for the denomination. Pastor Jay sees the Christian life as an opportunity to worship, bless and proclaim; as we worship God together, we bless the world with our gifts and proclaim that Jesus is Lord to all the world. 

He is married to Caroline, a Presbyterian pastor, and together they raise their children, Isabel and Sebastian, in the church. You can find Pastor Jay at the Glen Rock Inn leading Bible study, picking up his kids at school, or at the Glen Rock Fire Department where he volunteers as firefighter and Chaplain. An avid musician, Pastor Jay can often be found playing his bagpipes on Sunday afternoons.

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Peter Calabro

Director of Music Ministries (DMM)

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Peter Calabro, Director of Music Ministries (DMM) has held regular positions as a choir director and organist since 1989, prior to Good Shepherd; at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harrington Park, NJ and Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont, NJ. He is an experienced performer, teacher, composer and arranger. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Bennington College and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he was awarded the Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein full scholarship. His wide range of musical experience includes traditional, sacred, baroque, classical, gospel, jazz, Caribbean, world and contemporary. He is a regular participant in organ master classes and continues to actively participate in educational opportunities such as workshops, conventions and private study. He is an executive member of the northern New Jersey chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists) and a long time member of the Professional Music Teacher's Guild of New Jersey.

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Wendy Columbus

Communications and Office Manager

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Wendy is the Communications and Office Manager at Good Shepherd.  Wendy was the Regional Head of Corporate Affairs for Standard Chartered Bank prior to staying home to raise a family.

A native of Michigan, she has lived in the Glen Rock/Ridgewood area since 1997.  She is the proud mother of her two daughters.  A dedicated runner, Wendy can often be seen on the weekends running around Ridgewood and Glen Rock.

Eric Seifert

President

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