MINISTERS AND STAFF
“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
Welcome to the Garden City Community Church! We love our denomination’s motto: “No matter who you are or where you are in your journey in life, you are welcomed here.” Join us for worship, study, and fellowship. There is a place for you in God's amazing kingdom.
Recently, the Council of Trustees voted on a new purpose and vision statement after an intensive and prayerful process:
Purpose Statement: Building a community where all are enriched through Christian Love, Service, and Spiritual Renewal.
Vision Statement: Faithfully Reaching Out, Inclusively Drawing In
We hope this is not just an exercise on paper, but a living statement that we aspire to achieve. It is now up to each of us to go forward building a community where all are enriched through Christian Love, Service and Spiritual Renewal as we faithfully reach out to others and inclusively draw others in.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church staff continues to work toward the church revitalization program: SPIRIT initiative. We are excited at how the Spirit is moving throughout our walls and beyond.
The Congregation: Ministers to the World
The basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the congregation. All members of the United Church of Christ are called to minister to others and to participate as equals in the common worship of God, each with direct access to the mercies of God through personal prayer and devotion.
Rev. Lynn A. Sullivan: Senior Pastor
Lynn has a BS and BFA from Southern Methodist University, and a MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas before heading to New York. She continued her education with an M Div. from New York Theological Seminary and took graduate courses at Adelphi in Community Health Education. She has been active in her community and congregation’s association. She currently serves the association as Chair of the Boundary Awareness Training and is a member on the statewide Commission on Ministry. She is active in the Garden City Clergy Fellowship. She and her husband, Mark, have two grown daughters, Laura who lives in Astoria and Sarah, living in Atlanta.
FRANK CROSIO: MUSIC MINISTER
Frank conducts our vocal choirs and our hand-bell choir. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and holds Colleague (CAGO) Associate (AAGO) and Fellow (FAGO) academic certificates from the American Guild of Organists and the Fellow’s Diploma in organ performance from Trinity College, London.
George Bashian: Licensed Minister
Having served in many capacities as a lay member, George entered New York Theological Seminary in 1994 and completed a Master of Divinity Degree. When he graduated, he joined the church staff as a licensed minister. He serves in many areas, including worship, caring ministries, educational programs, leading retreats, and even playing accordion! If you are a new visitor to the Garden City Community Church, George will be sure to seek you out and, in his enthusiastic, welcoming way, hand you a small cross and share a blessing.
CHRIS DIEGUEZ: Licensed Minister
Chris Dieguez is presently a Member in Discernment with the Metropolitan Association of the New York Conference, UCC. Chris has been serving at the GCCC as its youth coordinator since 2014, working with middle and high school students. He is currently the confirmation and youth leader.
Chris received his bachelor's in philosophy from Vassar College in 2011. Towards the end of college, he felt called to professional ministry and traveled to Durham, North Carolina to study at Duke Divinity School. There, he specialized in gender and theology and studied under feminist theologians and biblical scholars. Chris has tended towards marginalized populations and the ways that their experiences shed new light on the way the church ought to think, worship, and act.
MARGIE PRICE: Licensed Minister
Margie Price is a a Member in Discernment with the Metropolitan Association of the New York Conference, UCC. Along with serving in the different worship services of the GCCC, including preaching, she spends much of her time with the church school leading the children’s program, Adventures Bible School.
While completing a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Margie helped facilitate for the Commission on Global Church Ministries, and the global and ecumenical partnership with Misión Cristiana, an evangelical denomination based in Managua, Nicaragua. She has travelled to Nicaragua to interpret for various mission groups and also interpreted for members of the denomination when they have visited New York.
Margie first moved to the New York Metro area about six years ago to pursue her Master’s in Divinity at New York Theological Seminary. She had the joy of working as the Pastoral Associate for the Youth and Children’s Ministry at the Park Avenue Christian Church for about 5 years and feels blessed to now have the opportunity to serve in the Garden City Community Church.