May 27, 2016

RUTHERFORD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

251 UNION AVE

RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070-1415

201-438-6324 

 

NEW 

"SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD"

 

 NEW

"I WILL DO MY LAST SINGING" 

 

 NEW

APRIL 10TH - FOLK CONCERT 

 Folk Music Meets Neuroscience

  

NEW

"CHURCH SONATA"

Phil Reynolds and Kristin Samadi 

 

NEW

"KINGDOM COME"

Teastament Band 

 

NEW

"COME, MY PEOPLE"

Testament Band 

 

NEW

"GOIN' HOME"

The Rutherford Congregational Church Choir 

 

NEW

"REDEMPTION DAY"

Fred & Ellen Dammers 

 

 NEW 

"TEACH ME O LORD"

The Rutherford Congregational Church Choir 

 

NEW

"UNCLOUDY DAY"

Fred & Ellen Dammers 

 

NEW

THE NEW ALMOST RIGHTEOUS SISTERS

Gospel Medley:

  "Blessed Assurance"

  "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"

  "How Can I Keep From Singing" 

 

LEARNING CENTER 2015 

 

WELL SPOUSE ASSOCIATION MEETING

INFORMATION LINK 

 

   

History Update

 The Centennial Moments

 

PAST EVENTS  

Spring Concert  

Mission 4/1 Earth

Church Fall Picnic 

National Back to Church Sunday

 Link to Past Events

 

 

Open and Affirming

Read the Rutherford Congregational Church Open and Affirming Statement

 

Our Mission Statement

Read the RCC Mission Statement

 

Sanctuary Usage

Read about use of our facility and planning for weddings, civil unions, and funerals under the Home Tab

 

What's Up? 

Come to the News Section to see our Newsletter The Voice and our weekly Yellow Pages.

 

What is UCC?

Find out about the United Church of Christ and the history of this wonderful organization on our What is UCC page. 

 

New Pictures

Come to the photo page or photo gallery to check out our most recent pictures.

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Meet Our Pastor 

Ronald (“Ron”) E. Verblaauw

Ron Verblaauw studied for and received his Master of Divinity degree from the Theological School of Drew University in May 2012.  Accepted as a Member-in-Discernment by the New Jersey Association of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ in April 2010, he was approved for ordination pending a call at an Ecclesiastical Council in November 2013.  The Rutherford Congregational Church called Ron to be their Interim Pastor in October 2014.

 While studying at Drew Theological School, Ron participated in the school’s Partnership for Religion and Education in Prison (“PREP”) at Northern State Prison.  After graduation, he was invited by the Rev. Pamela Bakal to join the Prison Ministry Team of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. 

Other accomplishments during his time in seminary were the formal establishment of SPECTRUM as a student caucus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students of the Theological School, its active presence on campus, and participation in the religious life of the community.  He was presented with the 2014 Antoinette Esquire Holland Award by SPECTRUM in recognition of his ministry and advocacy for the LGBTQ community.  Ron was a joint recipient of the Drew Theological School Franz Hildebrandt Award in April 2012 for combining deep faith and excellence in theological studies with effective ministry as an intern or pastor in a field education assignment (student ministry).

Ron is a member of the Interim Ministry Network (“IMN”) and working toward completion of Interim Ministry training and certification with IMN.

Prior to seminary, Ron majored in Public Accounting at Pace University’s Downtown NYC campus, graduating in June 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  After obtaining his New Jersey CPA license in January 1980, he worked in public accounting until May 1990 and thereafter in several corporate accounting and finance positions.  He left corporate accounting and finance in July 2010 to pursue his studies at Drew Theological School on a full-time basis.

Ron has a lifelong love for the pipe organ and sacred music.  He began private piano lessons at the age of seven and graduated to the organ at thirteen.  He served as choral accompanist and rehearsal conductor during his high school years at Manchester Regional in Haledon, NJ, and served as volunteer organist in his family’s church for many years.  The love of music drew him back to the organ in 1997. From that time until June 2014, Ron held positions as Organist and Choir Director at United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and UCC churches.