Our Ministry Team

 

Scott Kenefake
Interim Senior Minister

The Rev. Dr. Scott M. Kenefake has been serving Presbyterian Church USA and United Church of Christ congregations for the past 29 years. A native of Kansas City, Dr. Kenefake attended the University of Kansas and Washburn University School of Law, as well as San Francisco Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 

The Kenefakes lived in the Albany area for most of the 1990’s, where Dr. Kenefake served Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland as Head of Staff. He also did the bulk of his dissertation research in the Library at Union Theological Seminary. In recent years, he has focused his ministry on Interim/Transitional Ministry work.

As an Interim/Transitional specialist, Dr. Kenefake has many years of experience in helping urban, multicultural congregations through changes in staff leadership and helping them to develop new visions for the future. He is very excited to be a part of the staff of Fort Washington Collegiate Church as Interim Senior Minister during this important time of transition.

Dr. Kenefake has been married to his wife Gail for 32 years and they have two children, Mary Elizabeth and William. 

Bridget Kelso Anthony
Associate Minister

Bridget.jpeg

Bridget Kelso Anthony is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (class of 2015). While at Union, Bridget served as the Student Life Assistant and as a Chaplain Intern at New York Hospital - Queens. Her focus while at Union was on Theology and the Arts, and Preaching and Worship. In addition to her ministerial call, she is an actor and playwright and has a BA in Theatre from Marymount College, and an MA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Playwriting and Performance. 

Her art and ministry explore the ways that spirituality, the arts and social justice intersect. She feels especially called to minister to black women, and to be an ally of the LGBTQIA Community.

Bridget has a champion super-star son, Mikai, who attends the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.

Chris Whittaker
Director of Music

Chris Whittaker.png

Currently in his fourth year on staff, Chris Whittaker was recently appointed Music Director after having served in interim and assistant roles. A composer, conductor, and pianist from York, PA, Chris’s musical language of jazz, classical, and gospel melds genres and brings people together. As a composer, Chris’s music has been performed and broadcast throughout the United States.

Chris is the co-founder and Music Director of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, a non-profit organization committed to engaging the community through free concerts and educational programming. He also serves as the founding Music Director of Marble Collegiate Church’s “Jazz Revelation” worship service.

Previously, Chris studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and Stuart Malina. His composition teachers include Philip Lasser, Christopher Theofanidis, and Nicholas Maw. Chris has served a diverse range of denominations and worship styles and brings over 10 years of music ministry experience to his new post at Fort Washington Collegiate Church.

Eric Alderfer
Director of Children's Ministries

Eric Alderfer.jpg

Former Broadway singer/actor Eric Alderfer was the Director of Children’s and Outreach Programs at The West End Collegiate Church before he and his wife, Julie, moved to California where he served the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood as Director of Worship. He attended Wheaton College and The University of Cincinnati before moving to NYC where he performed on Broadway in the 25th anniversary revival of MY FAIR LADY as well as on a National Tour of CAMELOT. Later, he and his wife shared the stage with their two children, Stephen and Ashley, performing in THE SOUND OF MUSIC throughout the Far East. Eric has several years of experience with Godly Play®. Additionally, he is a certified workshop presenter with The Network of Biblical Storytellers (NBS). A former writing student of the late Madeleine L’Engle-Franklin, for several years he served the Nightwatch Program of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as a storyteller/psalmist.

Our Staff

Diana Morales
Administrative & Operations Manager

Diana.jpg

Diana Morales is the Administrative and Operations Manager.  She assists with the day to day tasks and coordinates events for the congregation. She is a California native who fell in love with New York City after her first visit, and became a permanent New Yorker in 2013. Diana was the Controller for the company she worked at, in Van Nuys, California.  Upon her arrival to New York City she began working for a start-up company as an Executive Assistant role which then grew into office manager, human resources assistant, procurement officer, legal secretary and a “Jill-of-all-trades” so she is not afraid to get involved in any situation that may require her assistance. Diana is also part of the Human Resources Committee and the Accounting Task Group for the Collegiate Churches. With the FWCC building renovation her responsibilities grew into facility management, helping us ensure that all our certificates and compliances are in order with the City and Buildings Dept.

On her spare time Diana loves to read during winter in order to stay out of the snow, which is still a bit new to her, and during summer she enjoys walks in the park, museums, and hiking.

Mia McClain
Social Justice Intern

Mia Michelle, affectionately known as Mamma Mia or Mia Mac, is a performing artist, educator, creative liberator, and cultural interrogator of vast repertoire and ability. She is a first-year Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary, with a focus on Pastoral Care and Preaching. Born in New Orleans, LA, Mia tap danced her way onto the stage at the age of two, and began her love affair with music shortly after. Mia has showcased her theatrical talents across the country, most recently seen at Portland Center Stage, New York Musical Theatre Festival, North Shore Music Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Fulton Theatre, and Syracuse Stage. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. 

A published songwriter, arranger, and composer, Mia is a proud member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).  In January of 2012, Mia spearheaded the "Song About Peace Project", a campaign that led to the creation of Voices of Peace, an extended play album promoting peace and positive change through music.

Additionally, Mia holds a Masters degree in Arts Politics from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. and continues to interrogate ideas of blackness and the intersection of spirituality and performance in cultures founded in the African diaspora.  

Mia seeks to change lives--including her own--through music and the spoken word. She is passionate about Popeyes and banana pudding, and urges everyone to smile from the most genuine spot of their soul.

Mia is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

Lazaro Rodriguez

 

Wilfredo Serrano

Amable Morales

Evening Reception & Security