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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.

NOTE: Former Bishop Robert Rimbo resigned effective, January 24, 2018.  An interim bishop will be appointed.


Office Staff


Synod Deacon Gayle Ruege
Senior Assistant
212-870-2373 • email


Susan Brandt
Director for Finance/Administration and Grant Management
212-870-2378 • email


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


Regina Daniels
Executive Administrator
212-870-2385 • email


Branden Dupree 
Assistant to Director for Evangelical Mission
212-870-2384 • email


Mark Goodwin
Synod-Owned Property Management
914-262-1876 • email


Ardath Heard
Office Administrator


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


Roberto Lara
Director for Communications
917-480-0372• email


Mar�a Rodas
Administrator to the Executive Staff
212-870-2387 • email


Deacon Margy Schmitt Ajer

Assistant to the Bishop for Congregations

212-870-2377 • email


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


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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