Staff

Rev. Jeff Markay

Senior Pastor
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The Rev. Jeff Markay has a BA and M.Div. from Drew University.  He has studied and practiced Christian disciplines in diverse settings including congregational ministry, monastic community, and spiritual direction for the past 24 years.  He has enjoyed being in pastoral ministry with the United Methodist Churches in Morristown, Springfield, Caldwell, and Chatham, New Jersey since 1989.

During his ministry he has been called to help people of different cultures to delight in what God is doing in different countries and ministry settings.  He has led groups of youth, young adults and seminarians to the Community of Taize, France.  He has led delegations of United Methodists from NJ to the Crimea to help a United Methodist Church in Kerch, Ukraine.  He has done refugee relief work in Macedonia during the Kosovar Refugee Crisis by doing needs assessment in the refugee camps and training seminars for mental health for refugee aid workers.  He was the Consultant for the General Board of Global Ministries supporting United Methodist Churches and ministries in Hungary.  He has served as the United Methodist Liaison at Drew University Theological School where he helped seminarians in the discernment and ordination process.  He has been actively involved in building bridges in ecumenical and interfaith circles, and delights in any opportunity to find common ground with people of other faith traditions.

He is happily married to the Rev. Julie Yarborough, Associate Pastor at Christ Church in Summit.  They are the grateful parents of Matthew (age 14) and Elizabeth (age 10).  His greatest joy is to sit around the family table, catch up, laugh, tell stories and do the dishes together.  If there is any spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, chucking a Frisbee, going to whatever sporting event is in season, or eating good Middle Eastern food.

He began a new appointment in July, 2013 as the Senior Pastor in the Chatham UMC.  “I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve God and the community here in Chatham.  Chatham UMC has a rich heritage of faithfulness, building inclusive community, and sharing compassion with all people.  Our congregation has witnessed to the love of God for all people, and I am glad to be a part of what God is doing in our midst.  I look forward to being in ministry together as we seek to grow in our love of God, our care for each other and people in need, and our collective desire to serve the common good as followers of Jesus.”

Rev. Sharon Yarger

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Sharon is a Commissioned Deacon in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.  She is a New Jersey native, a lifelong United Methodist, and the granddaughter of a United Methodist pastor.  She has a BA in Music from Wellesley College, a Master of Music in Historical Musicology from Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, and a M.Div. from Drew University Theological School.

If Sharon seems familiar, it’s because she served at the Chatham UMC from 1997-1999, first as a Student Pastor while a seminarian, then as Church School Director.  She’s thrilled to be back to again serve among the people of the Chatham United Methodist Church!  Pastor Sharon has a passion for helping others to grow in faith through practicing Christian spiritual disciplines; engaging in Bible study and holy conversation; caring for others; and serving those in need in the local and global communities.

In addition to her time at CUMC, Pastor Sharon has served in the areas of Christian Education/Formation (for all ages) and Congregational Care ministries with the Niantic Community Church (a federated UCC/UMC congregation) in Connecticut, and with the Morristown, Union Village, and Succasunna United Methodist churches in New Jersey.  She has also served as a Chaplain at a psychiatric hospital and community hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Sharon met her husband, Ron, at a weekly young-adult Bible Study affiliated with the Madison UMC.  Ron is employed as Vice President for Business Development for Solvias, Inc., a Swiss company that provides research services to the pharmaceutical industry.  Ron has also enjoyed serving churches through teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and playing the flute.  Sharon and Ron have a son, Nathanael (age 16), and a daughter, Miriam (age 12).  The Yargers also have a cocker spaniel, a cat, and three fish.  They live in Morris Plains, and in their spare time enjoy being at the beach, traveling, and visiting with family near and far.

Peter Hill

Music Director
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Peter Hill is graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in music. While an undergraduate, he was music theory teaching assistant to composer William Duckworth and received the Barbara Watson Grever Prize in Music. Peter received a Master of Music degree in piano performance and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also holds a Master of Education in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. While attending the University of California, Davis for a degree in musicology, Peter was the assistant conductor to Jeffrey Thomas and the UC Davis Chorus.

Peter has taught at the Cleveland Music School Settlement in Ohio and the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison. He has been published in the NAfME’s Teaching Music and has reviewed choral music for the Choral Journal of the ACDA. Peter has served as Director of Music for 23 years in Methodist, Presbyterian and RCA churches. Before relocating to the East coast, Peter served as Director of Choirs for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. He directs the Carter Burden Singers, a community chorus of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging in New York City. He teaches music for the three and four-year olds in the Chatham Methodist Preschool. Peter also teaches private piano lessons here at Chatham UMC. To find out more about Peter Hill go to his website

Peter has a beautiful daughter, Emma Jane, and fantastic wife, Katie.

Karen Berry

Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries
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Karen is a lifelong Methodist, originally from the Heartland.  While growing up in Missouri (in towns from Marshfield, home of the unique Horse Motel, to Kansas City, home of the Chiefs and the world’s best barbeque!) she participated in the UMYF, volunteered for VBS, accompanied the children’s choir and sang in the chancel choir – all activities which have continued to hold her interest over the years.

While in high school, Karen participated in a one-year exchange program in Northern England where she first experienced what happens to a church without a strong youth and children’s ministry.  She also developed an interest in all things international and went on to study Global Business Communications at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in an intense program that included coursework at the Goethe Institut in Munich, the Estudio Internacional Sampere in Madrid and the Universität Bonn in Germany.

After settling in NJ, Karen co-lead the youth program at another United Methodist church before discovering the vibrant community at CUMC, reminiscent of the churches of her childhood.  The rest is history!

Karen coordinates the Sunday School program, Junior Youth Fellowship, Senior Youth Fellowship and works with the Kids’ Praise Team, the Youth choirs, the RISE mission team, and the Vacation Bible Camp program, coordinates public outreach efforts pertaining to CUMC’s youth and children, and represents CUMC on Chatham’s Youth Interfaith Council.  All this is done with the support of the committee on Christian Education and Spiritual Formation and many faithful lay volunteers in the church.

Yang-Hee Song

Organist
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Yang-Hee Song is Chatham UMC’s organist and accompanist. Ms. Song leads congregational singing during worship services and accompanies the Covenant Choir, Youth Singers, and soloists. Ms. Song is a graduate of Kei Myoung University in Daegu City, South Korea, and received a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. Her organ and piano teachers have included Seung Paul Lee, Lionel Party, and Dr. John Weaver.

As an organ recitalist, Ms. Song has performed at St. Paul’s Chapel Columbia University, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York City, Morristown Presbyterian Church, and in Daegu, South Korea. She has also performed in recitals held at the Chatham United Methodist Church: in 2009, she performed the rededication concert for the church’s refurbished and digitized Schantz pipe organ, in May of 2016, she performed an organ recital accompanied by the Masterwork Camerata, Trent Johnson, organ, and CUMC’s Covenant Choir and Youth Singers, and in 2017, she performed a recital for the Metro NJ Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. 

Although Ms. Song takes immense enjoyment in accompanying singers and instrumentalists, she is most fond of  accompanying the human voice. She has accompanied choruses throughout America and abroad including the Daegu City Chorus and the Oratorio Singers of Westfield in New Jersey. She has appeared several times on tour with noted soprano Cho Lee throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, New Jersey and New York City.

Ms. Song is a piano teacher and member of MEA in New Jersey who takes pride in sharing the joy of music with her students.

Micah Coleman Campbell

Seminary Intern
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Micah hails from the great state of Washington, but has been living in Morris County for a few years now. He is now in his fourth and final year of the Master of Divinity program at Drew Theological School. His hope is to one day soon become an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
 
As a seminary intern, preparing for future ordination, Micah’s job responsibilities are made up of small bits from different corners of Chatham UMC’s ministries. On most Sunday mornings you can find him teaching the Jr. High Sunday school class, though on some Sundays the students lead him wherever their curious minds venture. Every once in a while, you might also find Micah up in the pulpit nerding out about his most recent favorite Bible passage. On Sunday evenings Micah assists Youth Director, Karen Berry, with the Youth Fellowship time.
 
Beyond Sunday duties, Micah often leads seasonal book/Bible studies and assists with a monthly chapel service at Chatham Hills Subacute Center. If you’d like to get involved with either of these programs, please let him know.

Penny Sutterby

Simpson Seminarian
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Penny Sutterby is a certified candidate for ministry and has worked her way into various positions within the church. She started volunteering by coordinating Children’s Time then teaching Sunday school. In both of these capacities she worked with children from nursery age to high school. The children benefited from and enjoyed the community service projects and family events. She also served several years on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee. Later she moved into a year long lay supply position in which she prepared sermons, led Sunday worship, called and conducted meetings with the PPRC, Board of Trustees, etc. She takes pride in sharing in The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction when she was the Americorps*Vista Volunteer and Community Service Coordinator at Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. In this dual role, Penny acted as a liaison between non-profit agencies and Keuka College to create community service opportunities for college students. These community service opportunities provided a means for students to fulfill their graduation requirement as well as provided area businesses with the help they might not otherwise have been able to get in the small poverty stricken town. These community service opportunities provided problem solving skills and placed students on a path of civic engagement. Penny is currently working on her Masters of Divinity degree at Drew University Theological School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. Penny’s goal is to become an ordained pastor who works with the community at large to create a sustainable community environment.

Ana Wahidy

Finance/Office Manager
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I am in the office Tuesday-Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm and Friday’s 9:00am-2:00pm.  Please call me at 973-635-7740, or email me at finmgr-chatumc@optonline.net if you have any questions. 

Zrinka Cvetkovic

Church Secretary
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Zrinka has served as the Church Secretary since March 2016. She was born and raised in Croatia, and has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Zagreb. She loves working with people and hopes to share kindness and compassion in her line of work, since those are her core values. Zrinka has proudly been a part of the Chatham NJ, community since 2005, with her husband, Branimir, and her two amazing boys, Filip and Dan. She is a lover of books, cinema and Zumba and enjoys going on long walks with her friends and the Cvetkovic family dog, Spark.

I am in the office Monday-Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm. Please call 973-635-7740 or send an email at churchsecretary@optonline.net

Eileen Carroll Ruggiero

Office Assistant
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Eileen is a lifelong resident of Chatham. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received a BA in English. Previously, Eileen worked as Development Director for Community Access Unlimited in Elizabeth where she was responsible for grant writing, public relations, and fundraising. She enriches her life through volunteerism. Eileen is the Founding Chair for the Greater Morris Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. Eileen’s greatest pride is her family which is comprised of her husband, Ken, and children Elise and David.

I am in the office Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm. Please call 973-635-7740, Ext 10, or send an email at chatumc@optonline.net

Donald Underhill

Church Maintenance Manager and Custodian