Ministers

Reverend Dr. Charles T. Rush

Senior Minister

Senior Minister at Christ Church since 1993…B.A., Wake Forest University…Ph.D. Princeton…Post-doctoral Research, Cambridge University…Ethics professor, Rutgers University 1990-1998…Author of Let This Cup Pass, Lenten meditations…Articles in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and others…Married to Kate Rush…4 children, 11 grandchildren.

 

Reverend Julie Yarborough

Associate Minister

Rev. Julie Yarborough has been Associate Pastor of Christ Church since 1996. She’s pretty good at remembering names and loves to help people connect with one another. Julie has a passion for intergenerational faith formation and believes that children and teens belong in worship and as active participants in the life of the church. She is the former chairperson of the national board of the Association of United Church Educators (AUCE) and an active member of Mid-Atlantic Region of AUCE.

In her spare time, you can find Julie walking in the woods or marching in the streets for a more inclusive, just world. She serves on the board of One World, One Love NJ and coordinates apartment setups for new immigrant families arriving in the US. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Julie is a graduate of Earlham College and Yale Divinity School. Married to the Rev. Jeff Markay, she is the mother of two young adults, Liz and Matt.

 

Mark Miller

Minister of Music

Mark Miller is the Minister of Music at Christ Church and also teaches at Drew University and Yale University. Mark composes music that is sung by communities around the country. He loves frisbee, puppies, IPAs, Lord of the Rings, poetry, and his husband Mike and kids Alyse and Keith. Not in that particular order. 

A long time ago Mark graduated from Julliard with a Masters in Music in Organ Performance, and Yale University (B.A. Music).

 

Brenda L. Dodds

Church Administrator

Joined staff at Christ Church, September 2014 with over 12 years of office experience...Lives in Landing, NJ...Married to Gregory Dodds, UPS employee for over 30 years...One child, Nicholas

 

Ashley Kile

Director of Youth & Children’s Ministries

Ashley Kile joined the staff in 2019 as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries. She oversees the nursery and Sunday School program for infants through 5th grade, in addition to the middle school, Confirmation, and high school ministries. She is passionate about developing programs that help our youngest disciples connect with God, one another and their community through volunteer work, worship in all forms, and fellowship opportunities.

Alongside her husband, Rev. Chris Kile, Ashley is busy raising their four children in Cranford, NJ. During the school year, Ashley is often on the soccer field coaching and/or cheering loudly, but spends the summer seeking new adventures domestically and abroad.

She graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.A in Social Work.

 

Dan Rufolo

Jazz Pianist

As a composer and pianist, Daniel Rufolo exhibits a diverse repertoire and a vibrant, transmittable energy. Dan has released over five albums under his name and been featured on many more throughout various genres. Time Out New York described his playing with his jazz trio as "spry yet reflective.” Dan engages audiences with his original music at venues throughout the New York City area and is currently writing music for films, commercials and theater through his music production company Young Lion Audio.

 

Michelle Fortier

Cornerstone School Director

Joined Cornerstone in 2013 with over 20 years experience in field of education…BA in Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University…MA in Administration Management and Leadership from Walden University. For more information please visit http://www.cornerstonekids.org/