Pastor Nancy Rakoczy

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Pastor Nancy Rakoczy came to New York to do her undergraduate work at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. In 2016, she was graduated from Union Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. With a MA in Secondary Education – English from Hunter College, she has taught for over twenty years, including at United Cerebral Palsy, and in the Bronx. She has worked in corporate graphic design in Special Projects, for Time- Warner/DC Comics as an assistant art director. Her writings include the chapter, “Working with Artists” for T&T Clark Handbook on Christian Theology and Climate Change, eds. Conradie and Koster, coming out in the fall of 2019. Her art work has been shown in a variety of venues
including the Queens Museum (Framing AIDS); A.I.R. Gallery (At Her Age); Flux Fair in Marcus Garvey Park (Public Art Projects in Harlem); Falchi (Upstanders!) and the Plaxall Galleries (Fever: Artists Take on Climate Change) in LIC, NOMAA (Women in the Heights), and most recently, The
Spirit Moves Through It, at Our Saviour’s Atonement Church, NYC. Using discarded plastics in her art practice allows her to explore a variety of themes including the environment and nature, spirituality, permanence and impermanence, and alienation. She is licensed by the Metro NY
Synod, and will be ordained December 7, 2019.

Pastor Nancy preached her first sermon when she was five years old. Short (four words) and to the point: “I have a soul!” it was a song of praise, a claiming of her identity, and a call to repentance. She has received an astonishing amount of grace through God’s Word, the sacraments, and community. Forgiveness has been crucial to her spiritual path and growth, and she invites you to forgive and allow Christ to transform your life. Pastor Nancy has carried the
cross, and found it not only transformative, but ultimately a creative and life-giving act. She will companion you when you are carrying your own cross. Favorite scripture verse: “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11). Let’s have a conversation and pray together.



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


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.