Our Staff

Rev. Jimmy Only 

Pastor 

revjimmyonly@gmail.com 

Jimmy's been with us since 1994.  He started out as our Associate Minister, and so endeared himself to the members that he was hired as our Minister in 2001.  One of the many reasons Jimmy enjoys serving as our minister is his long term connection with our members.  He's now marrying the kids who started out in his youth group, and baptizing the babies of the couples he married years ago.  Around here, Jimmy is known for his sense of humor and his love for people.  He's also famous for his 12 - minute sermons, but don't hold him to that.

 

Jimmy grew up in Memphis, TN.  He holds degrees from Mississippi State University (B.A.), Southern Seminary (M.Div.) and Boston University (S.T.M.).  He's worked as a youth minister, a campus minister, a director of Appalachian Outreach, and with Bread for the World in Washington D.C.  Given all those years in TN and KY, he still has a bit of his Southern accent and a taste for barbeque, but he now loves the open - minded atmosphere of living in the Northeast, and considers New York his home.

 

Jimmy married his wife, Colleen, in 1990.  They met in a seminary world religions class, which he still tries to convince her is highly romantic.  Colleen and Jimmy have a son, Matthew, who shares their DNA, and a daughter, Alina, whom they adopted from Ukraine when she was 3.  In his free time, Jimmy likes playing the drums, attending U2 concerts, and rooting for the Red Sox.  His favorite vacation spot is Block Island, where he and his family meet up with long time friends for a week every summer. His favorite local spot is his den couch, where you can often find him reclining with a good book, engrossed in the subject or headed for a nap, depending upon the demands of the day.

Rev. Lori Burgess

Associate Pastor 

loricburgess@yahoo.com

Lori began her journey with the Congregational Church of

Manhasset in the summer of 2007.  Lori was born and raised

in the small town of Cornelia, Georgia.  She and her husband

Jacob, moved to New York in 2006.

 

Lori received her Associate Degree from Truett McConnell College, in Cleveland, Georgia. She received her (BA) degree from Union University in Jackson,Tennessee.  Lori completed her Master of Divinity in 2004 at Mercer University's, McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Lori has worked in various aspects of Christian ministry,

including the non-profit sector as well as local church ministry.

Lori's favorite activity involves spending time with her husband Jacob, their son Aaron, daughter Charlotte and their yellow lab puppy, Max. 

Donna Marchese

Executive Director 

congodon@yahoo.com

As Executive Director, Donna manages the business of the church including finance, risk management, facilities management and human resource compliance.

 

Donna received her BA and MBA from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.  She grew up a few houses away from The Congregational Church of Manhasset and raised her family in town.  Donna's family joined the church in 1993 and she assumed her current position in 1995. 

Craig Tocher

Music Director 

congodon@yahoo.com

Craig is originally from Johannesburg, South
Africa.  He has extensive experience as a choral
conductor, organist and teacher in South Africa and in the New York City area.  

 

Craig received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and in Choral Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music.

 

Currently on the faculty of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City, he is the chorus accompanist and music teacher for the lower school and the hand bell choir director for the middle and upper school choirs.

Luis Abrego

Facilities Manager

Luis Abrego is the Deputy Facilities Manager for The Congregational Church of Manhasset.  Luis has been on staff for more than twenty five years and has become part of the fabric of the church community.  Luis schedules the building staff and is a great repository of building knowledge.

Ivan Barrera

Facilities Staff 

Ivan Barrera is  a twenty year employee of the church and provides care for the building.  Ivan greets all with a smile and a good idea.  The church is blessed to have a dedicated and caring building staff member.

Bryan Pedermo

Facilities Administrator 

Valerie McDermott

Ministerial Executive Associate

Valerie grew up in Queens and still lives there. She has worked at our church for over fifteen years and along with her many other duties, she keeps Lori and Jimmy in line (not an easy job). She has a B.A. from Queens College.

Marge D'Ottavio

Communications Associate

Marge grew up in Yonkers but now lives in Queens.  She is the proud mother of three children and grandmother of four grandchildren. She bravely battles the never-ending deadlines of church newsletters and weekly bulletins.

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The Congregational Church 

1845 Northern Boulevard

Manhasset, NY 11030

Office: 516-627-4911

Office Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.