The Consistory

In the Reformed Church in America, the Consistory is the local governing body. It is composed of Elders and Deacons. The president of the Consistory is the Pastor. Our church has four Elders and four Deacons. They are elected by the members of the congregation an an Annual Meeting. Both of these are offices in the church to which people are ordained. It is to be expected that anyone who serves as either an Elder or Deacon demonstrates in his/her own life a commitment to Jesus Christ and faithfully upholds--through attendance, spiritual development, and generous giving--the ministry of the church. As such, individuals who become Elders or Deacons make a serious commitment to the church and take a sacred vow before God. In the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, the office of Elder and Deacon is held for a term of three years.


An Elder is ordained to care for the spiritual concerns of members of a given congregation. Regularly, they inquire as to how people are doing, whether or not assistance, prayer, or maybe a visit might be in order. They are responsible for admitting new members, welcoming people to the Lord's Table, baptizing those from the congregation who desire Baptism for themselves or their children, and to ensure that the preaching is doctrinally sound. 

Elders (L-R) Dr. John Phillips, David Kim, Renee Chillemi, Maria Canales 

A Deacon is ordained to a ministry of mercy. As Christ fed the hungry, comforted the poor, and healed the sick, so the Deacon is ordained to this ministry of compassion. The Deacons seek to provide assistance to people who are in need through the benevolence giving of the church.

Deacons (L-R) Rire Nakopodia, Lauren McBride, Vincent  Heintz, Kevon Lewis

Kevon Lewis




How to Become a Member

If you've gotten to know our church and would like to "officially" become a member, there's just the simple formality required of saying "yes" to our yes. The Elders would love to meet with you and formally welcome you into membership. Then, on a subsequent Sunday, before the congregation, there is a simple ceremony of welcome. If you'd like to know more, or have questions, speak with Pastors Jeff or Julia or any of the Elders: Renee Chillemi, David Kim, Maria Canales or John Phillips.  

Ongoing Activities at RCT

New Beginnings Nursery School every weekday;
Twelve-step meetings Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday;
Capoeira twice weekly on Monday and Thursday;
Bible study at New Hope Fellowship on Tuesday;
ITAV monthly meeting plus board meetings on the second Tuesday;
Music Therapy for middle-stage Alzheimer's and family caregivers on the fourth Tuesday;
NAACP on the second Tuesday;
Boy Scouts on Tuesday;
Cub Scouts on one Tuesday per month;
Bells rehearsal on Tuesday;
Choir practice on Wednesday;
Bible study at RCT on Wednesday;
Yoga on Tiesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.;
Tai Chi on Friday.