Staff

We warmly welcome our Interim Pastors,
Reverend Barker and his wife Reverend Meier.

Reverend H. Gaylon Barker, PhD

A native of the Midwest, Rev. H. Gaylon Barker, PhD, most recently served as co-interim pastor with his wife, Rev. Carla J. Meier, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, NY.  Prior to that, he was a resident of Connecticut, where he was co-pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Ridgefield, CT.  An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he holds degrees from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND; Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN; and Drew University, Madison, NJ.  Previously, Dr.  Barker was the director of the Center for Public Theology, New York, and served as assistant to the bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA.  He has also served parishes in Stamford, CT, Flushing, NY, Wisconsin and North Dakota.  In addition to his parish responsibilities, he is adjunct associate professor of theology and religious studies at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.  He is the former president (and current treasurer) of the International Bonhoeffer Society–English Language Section, member of the editorial board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, and editor of Theological Education at Finkenwalde, 1935-37, volume 14 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, the 17 volume new critical edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works.   He has contributed to and/or edited a number of publications for congregational life and on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology. His most recent work on Bonhoeffer, The Cross of Reality: Luther’s theologia crucis and Bonhoeffer’s Christology, was published by Fortress Press in 2015. Dr. Barker is married to the Rev. Carla J. Meier and lives in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.  He is also the father of two sons, one of whom lives in Brooklyn and the other in Portland, OR, and grandfather of two grandsons, ages 12 and 9.

Reverend Carla J. Meier

Pastor Meier was born in Davenport, Iowa, and moved to New York City in 1987.  An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she holds degrees from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque Iowa.  Previously Rev. Meier was a Mission Developer for the Metropolitan New York Synod and served as member of the Bishop’s staff for Area Mission Strategies.  Prior calls include Campus Ministry and parish ministry in Wisconsin, Valley Stream, Scarsdale, and Ridgefield, Ct.  Rev. Meier is married to Rev. Gaylon Barker and most recently they served as interim pastors in Brooklyn, NY.   Rev. Meier has authored a number of resources for children’s chapel time and co-authored “Re-rooting in our Communities:  The Area Mission Strategy Process.”   Pastor Meier and Pastor Barker live in Sunset Park with their son and daughter-in-law and two grandsons, ages 9 and 12.  They also have a son who lives in Portland, OR.

 

 

Organist & Music Director
M. Quinn Anderson

M. Quinn Anderson has served as the organist and choir director at Saint John Lutheran Church in Bellmore since 2002.  She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Adelphi University in 2003, with a major in piano and flute.  Quinn studied composition with Paul Moravec, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for music, piano with Marilyn Lehman and flute with Linda Wetherill.  In 2006, she graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Master of Science Degree in Music Education.  During that time, Quinn studied organ with Maxine Thevenot.  Quinn has also obtained her Law Degree.

Currently, Quinn directs the senior choir, children’s choir, children’s bell choir and the youth choir in addition to playing the organ on Sunday mornings and for special services including funerals and weddings.

Office / Administrative Staff
Jeana Dwyer

Deacons
Deacon Charlene Drewes

Deacon Charlene transferred to Saint John’s in 2010.  She quickly found her way to support our church in various services, such as Assistant Minister, Altar Guild, Worship Committee and Stewardship Committee.  Although formally trained at the Diaconate, Charlene was not a rostered Deacon within the Metro New York Synod.  With the support of Pastor Cline and the congregation of Saint John, Charlene was set apart as a Synodical Deacon on May 3, 2014.  The congregation immediately offered a call to Charlene and she is serving our congregation at present.  She oversees Congregational Life, Worship Committee, supports adult and youth Christian Education as well as continuing her previous rolls.  Charlene has also been trained in Bereavement Counseling and is available to not only our congregation but to family and friends in need of support.

Deacon Mary Barberio

Deacon Mary joined Saint John’s in 2016.  She has been a rostered Deacon since 1999, and attended Diakonia from 1995 – 1997.  Prior to joining Saint John, Deacon Mary was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Franklin Square for 34 years. Deacon Mary was a Vacation Bible School Coordinator as well as a Sunday School Worship Leader.  She also visits Nursing Homes as a Worship Leader.