DELMAR REFORMED CHURCH
Rev. Chris Vande Bunte began his service at the Delmar Reformed Church in May of 2017. His passions for mission engagement inside and outside the doors of the church and sharing in ministry with all age groups reflect the values of the DRC family. His core understanding of ministry is expressed in engagement and interaction in community with others in simple and grander ways. It is in these communal interactions where he finds the Spirit at work, growing God’s kingdom and deepening our faith and practice of it.
Pastor Chris grew up in the town of Freehold, New Jersey, with his brother Tim. His father, Ron, is a retired RCA pastor and mother Eileen, a retired Health Care Administrator. Over the years, his family has grown to include a stepmother, Norma and two stepbrothers, Marcus and Jonas. He graduated from Hope College, Holland, MI, with a B.A. in Political Science. Before attending and graduating from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2005, Pastor Chris worked as a Social Worker in a residential psychiatric facility on the south side of Chicago.
Pastor Chris was married to his wife Ellen in 2006 and became part of another great family in the process! In May 2013 their family and the church family welcomed a new addition, their son Luke. Chris and Ellen enjoy many hobbies including: travel, visiting the local library, bird watching, sports (especially Orioles baseball), playing games and reading. Ellen is also an avid quilter. Both are passionate about serving and fellowship with the congregation and are glad to be a part of the DRC church family.
Prior to beginning his time at DRC, Pastor Chris served as a solo Pastor of the First Reformed Church of Hawthorne, NJ, and as the Associate Pastor of the Colts Neck Reformed Church in Colts Neck, NJ, with areas of responsibility including: Christian Education, Mission, and Youth Ministries. He has also served as a student in Hillsborough, NJ, and Kalamazoo, MI. His passion for ministry and mission have led to serving in different capacities with mission organizations and ministries focused on local, regional, and international outreach. In addition, he’s enjoyed leading many adult, multi–generational and youth mission trips nationally and internationally.
B.A. Hope College
M. Div. New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Family Ministry Coordinator - E-mail
Lisa Rakoczy joined the staff of DRC in February 2012. Using her passion, enthusiasm and energy for children, parents and what God can do; she enables the spiritual growth of kids and their families. Lisa is married to Luke, and they have two wonderful children: Jaina and Jason.
Church Administrator - E-mail
Patricia Willey (Pat) has served as Church Administrator since 2002. As administrator she has responsibilities ranging from building use scheduling to the monthly newsletter to ensuring all the ministries of the church have the supplies they need. She has been part of DRC since her childhood. Prior to becoming administrator she worked for the Bethlehem Central School District. She is married to David, and they have two grown sons; Lucas (Katie) and Mark (Jess) and 3 grand sons; Alex, Adam, and Eric.
Associate in Ministry
The RPMs is a multi-church youth group for high schoolers supported by the Reformed, Presbyterian & Methodist churches in Delmar.
Custodian & Grounds
Kim works the front desk for DRC.