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Staff Directory

The synod staff works with congregations in candidacy, the call process, formation, leadership development, stewardship, evangelism, church finance, property administration, congregational management, and conflict resolution. The staff also maintains the roster and carries out work in accounting and communication.

Office Staff


The Rev. Dr. Robert Rimbo
212-665-0732 • email


The Rev. Perucy Butiku
Assistant to the Bishop for Multicultural Mission
212-870-2381 • email


Branden Dicks
Administrative Assistant
212-870-2384 • email


Sarah Gioe
Director of Communication
212-870-2376 • email


The Rev. Marc Herbst
Assistant to the Bishop for Strategic Plan Implementation
212-870-2378 • email


The Rev. Kathleen Koran
Assistant to the Bishop for Congregations
212-870-2377 • email


The Rev. Jonathan Linman, Ph.D. 
Assistant to the Bishop for Faith and Leadership Formation
212-870-2374 • email


Deacon Gayle Ruege
Executive Assistant to the Bishop
212-870-2373 • email


Kathleen Schmidt
Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Administration
212-870-2375 • email


Rebekah Thornhill
Administrator to the Executive Staff
212-870-2383 • email


The Rev. Lamont Wells
Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop
212-870-2379 • email



The Rev. Jeffrey Kolbo
Candidacy Coordinator
631-744-9355 • email


The Rev. Craig Miller
Disaster Response Coordinator
347-327-3777 • email


Congregation-Based Community Organizer

We’re trying to love God and love our neighbor, and we’re looking for an experienced community organizer who can help our congregations learn community organizing as we try new ways of advocating for the betterment of our towns, villages, and urban neighborhoods.


Responsibilities: The fundamental responsibility of the community organizer will be to train others in the principles, tactics, and methods of congregation-based community organizing. The community organizer will identify leaders, both clergy and lay, and teach them how to organize their congregations to better engage the pressing issues their communities confront. Our synod wishes to focus on five areas: employment, health, education, immigration, and family (housing), depending on the needs of the communities that our congregations call home. Find the full job description here.


Download the application here


Contact Us

Metropolitan New York Synod
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10115

Phone: 212-665-0732     Fax: 212-870-2380
Email: info@mnys.org


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