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.
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.
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.