Reverend Rachel Vione

INTERIM PASTOR / HEAD OF STAFF

Rachel began her ministry with us as the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries. She was ordained at FPC Northport in the spring of 2015 and became our Assistant Pastor for Children, Youth and Families. After a successful career in the business world in New York City, Rachel attended Princeton Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Masters in Divinity and received awards for excellence in both preaching and homiletics. Rachel is originally from the Midwest, is a huge sports fan and loves to cheer on her favorite Chicago sports teams. Rachel and her family live in Garden City.

Barbara Kaifler

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Barbara is currently serving in her 10th year as Church Administrator/Office Manager. After a rewarding 23 year-long career as an Executive Secretary with Northrop Grumman Corporation, she has found her service to the Lord at FPC Northport to be both fulfilling and enjoyable. She is married to the Rev. Bruce Kaifler, has two sons, Christopher and Matthew Pitfick, and is the proud grandmother of six.

Dr. Brenda Clark

ORGANIST

Dr. Brenda Clark grew up at Westminster Bethany Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY where her father was the choir’s bass soloist. Her career highlights are piano performance on WNYC’s Young American Artists as a teen (the entire 30 minute show), 26 years as an organist for Long Island churches, organist for the Northport Chorale’s annual Messiah Sing-In, past secretary of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and active member of the Su olk AGO Chapter. Dr. Clark’s training includes the pre-college division at Manhattan School of Music and a double major in psychology and music (organ performance) from Barnard College, Columbia University. Among her organ teachers is Dr. Walter Hilse. She is the wife of Richard Mooers and mother of Daniel and Bernadette.

Nancy Hogan

CAROL CHOIR DIRECTOR

Nancy was born and raised in Portland Oregon. She and her husband Doug have made Northport their home since 1973 and were blessed with three daughters. Nancy is an RN in outpatient psychiatry. She joined FPC Northport in 1997 and has been active singing in the chancel choir, serving on Music & Ministry, and currently serves as an elder, on the Worship Ministry, and chairs the Membership Ministry. She enjoys singing, reading, traveling and doting on her grandson.

Marge Margolf

MUSIC ACCOMPANIST

Marge is a graduate of New York University where she earned a B.S. in Music Education. She taught on Long Island in Oceanside, Westbury, and Carle Place, as well as in North Haven, CT. She was the Chancel Choir Director at the Centerport United Methodist Church for 19 years. At present she is the accompanist for both the Carol and Westminster choirs, and continues to teach piano privately. Her two daughters, Susan and Debbie, are active in church music, Susan as a soloist (in Ohio) and Debbie as organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Shillington, PA.

Kevin McKerr


FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

After growing up and completing a degree in Computer Science in New Zealand, Kevin spent two years in London before coming to New York. He spent over 25 years in the Investment Banking divisions of Lehman Brothers and Barclays, supporting them originally in IT and later in Compensation and Human Resource analysis and reporting. With his wife Joan they have lived on Main Street in Northport for 20 years, and they can often be seen explaining to their Westie that not every walk requires a visit to the pet store. In his spare time Kevin enjoys photography and spoiling good walks playing golf. He’s also a baseball fan, having visited 27 Major League ballparks, leaving just 3 to go.

John Kennedy

Facilities Manager

Northport has been home to John for most of his life. It is here that he married Mary Murphy, and together they reared four sons. John was a member of the Carpenters Union for 36 years, 22 of which were spent working at Rockefeller Center in NYC. He retired in 2010 and in that same year was hired as custodian for our Weekday Nursery School, later joining the church staff as well. As our Facilities Manager John provides numerous services with his many skills and know-how. In his free time John enjoys running (in the fall of 2015 he finished first among all Northport runners in the 60-and-over age bracket for the Cow Harbor Run, an annual event with over 5000 runners participating). He also enjoys coaching youth basketball and watching movies.