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Meet Our Team

INTENTIONAL INTERIM PASTOR

REVEREND ARLEN G. VERNAVA

Arlen G. Vernava, M.Div., EPC, is a Senior Consultant with Design Group  International, Inc. He serves as Faculty, and Team Lead for Education, with  the Interim Ministry Network. Arlen’s vocation of over 38 years focusses on  “helping you live into your vocation.” 

Arlen calls home upstate northeast New York, with his wife Robin of 33  years, and their Bernese / Standard Poodle male dog, Anku. He is a Patriots  fan. He roots for the Red Sox. While on Long Island – for the Mets ... and  the Giants. Sports-wise, he loves a competitive game, more than who wins.  In warm, pleasent weather, you may pass Arlen riding his bicycle out and  about. In cold, perhaps yoga and indoors, on his bike rollers. (Think riding a  bike on an ice-rink) Being with, and walking alongside describe Arlen’s deep gladness and his  vocational posture: as a coach to leaders and teams, as an external  consultant with faith-based organizations, as an embedded strategic  intentional interim, and as faculty. He is a teacher and guide at heart.  Always learning. Always curious. Ready and glad to join with GCCC as  intentional interim pastor and guide.

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MUSIC MINISTER

FRANK CROSIO

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.

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LICENSED MINISTER

GEORGE BASHIAN

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. 

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Our Office Team

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BUSINESS MANAGER

LIZ GALZERANO

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ADMIN. ASSISTANT

GLORIA MALIN

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BUILDING MANAGER

ROB SIPKIN

ACCOUNTING & ADMIN. ASSISTANT

KIM PRYOR

HOUSEKEEPING

BLANCA CRUZ

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