Staff

Priest-In-Charge

Rev. Kristen C. Foley

The Reverend Kristen C. Foley is our Priest-In-Charge, gratefully serving the people of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the community of Bound Brook.  In addition to being an award-winning preacher, Reverend Foley has a passion for outreach and lifelong Christian education, believing that people's lives change from hearing and experiencing the great Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ.

Reverend Foley lives in North Plainfield with her partner of more than 15 years, Ann-Marie Aymer.

 

 




Treasurer

Art Hoffman

Art grew up in Edison, New Jersey and attended the Edison school system.  He attended Middlesex County College for Electronics Technology.  While working for Burroughs and RCA, he attended Kean College at nights to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Computer Science.

 

After graduation, Art was employed by Lockheed, Metex, Data Based Systems and Chanel retiring in 2015.

 

Art and his wife, Susan joined St. Pauls in 1981 along with their children, Michelle and Robert.  He has been singing in the choir for 38 years.

 

Art was elected to the Vestry in 2017 and was appointed treasurer that same year.  He continues to volunteer to work with the Building and Grounds and the Rectory Rental committees. Art and his wife manage the food pantry donations at St. Paul’s in coordination with the Somerset County Food Bank. 




Organist/Music Director

Louise Olshan

Louise Olshan is a true “Jersey Girl” having been born in NJ and living here for her entire life, except for one school year in graduate school spent in Cambridge, MA. Louise graduated from Passaic High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Upsala College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University. She then worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories and along with a promotion she was sent to Stevens Institute of Technology for a Master of Science degree. Louise then began her teaching career at County College of Morris where she remained as a full-time faculty member for 38 ½ years. She rose from Instructor to the rank of Full Professor. Upon retirement she was awarded the distinction of Professor Emerita. She continued as an Adjunct Professor for an additional 4 ½ years. She was one of the first professors to teach online classes.

Louise married her first husband, Herbert Bernauer, in 1967. He tragically died in an accident in 1979. Their children, Steven and David, were born in 1976 and 1979 respectively. A baby daughter was born in 1975 and died a few days after birth. In 1996 Louise married Sam Olshan who served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in the troop her sons attended and was a widower. His first wife, Jane, had been a very special friend of Louise’s.

Louise began learning to play the piano when she was in the second grade and began organ lessons as a high school freshman. She became the assistant organist at her home church, playing for both English and German language services and served as a Supply Organist. However, as a widow with two children to raise she stopped playing, but kept her name on the substitute list for the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her Junior High School music teacher contacted her to substitute at his church and Louise began her journey back to playing. She served as one of three organists at her church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Dover, NJ and continued to serve as a Supply Organist.  In 2003 she accepted the position of Organist at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Hackettstown, NJ. She retired in 2014 to have more time to travel, but continued to serve as a Supply Organist. In June, 2017 she played her first service at St. Paul’s. Louise feels very comfortable with the clergy, leaders and congregation of St. Paul’s and actively participates in the life of the congregation.




Church Secretary

Sheri Hall

Sheri joined our staff in June 2016, and has become a valuable asset to the St. Paul's family.  Each week our Sunday Bulletin contains a list of announcements including which families are providing Coffee Hour, Lunch-On-Us, etc.  It also tells us who is serving on the Altar and which members are responsible for the various readings during the service.  The St. Paul's website is also updated with this information.  All this is thanks to our Parish Secretary, Sheri Hall.  Her responsibilities include updating the "Parish Prayer List" and "Prayers of the People".  She's the one that sends out Rev. Foley's "Thought for the Week", and the reminders to those involved in the upcoming weeks activities.  If you need an email to go out to all the parishioners, call Sheri.  If you need a flyer created and posted Sheri's the one to ask.

Sheri also assists the Priest and Vestry with correspondence, phone calls, messages and general office management.  She maintains the records of births, marriages, deaths, and baptisms.  She gathers the reports and prints the books for our Annual Meeting, and emails/mails the quarterly "Good News".  Sheri also assists the Vestry Warden with emailing the monthly meeting minutes.

Sheri is generally in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.  While her hours are flexible she usually is there from 10:30am-2:30pm.  She will always help if you call with a problem or a question.  We are blessed to have Sheri as part of our church community.




Sexton

Dave Colombaroni

If you ever wondered why the church grounds look so good or why the tiles in the chancel sparkle or who comes over to church early on Sunday morning in the winter months to put out the ice-melt look no further. Dave Colombaroni our sexton is responsible for this and much much more. Dave is a faithful member of St. Paul's. He and his wife Marie faithfully attend the 8 am service. Dave is also one of the people who serves us pancakes and sausage every third Sunday.
 
Dave's father moved his family from Belle Mead to Bound Brook when Dave was five years old. His father's business was in Bound Brook and he thought it was better to be closer. Dave has lived here ever since. Dave graduated from Bound Brook High School in 1956. While at BBHS Dave received all county honors his senior year in both basketball and baseball. After graduation Dave joined the US Army his initial job was to maintain the generator at a guided missile base in Pittsburgh. It was the height of the cold war and his unit's job was to protect the city. He and his fellow soldiers did a great job since the Soviets never attacked Pittsburgh. Dave also spent some time in Formosa (i.e. Taiwan) where his Army unit worked in heavy construction. Our hats off to Dave and to all military personnel past and present for their service to our country.
 
Speaking of hats, Dave wears many. Baseball caps that is. Dave has several different team hats he wears but never a Yankee hat. Dave was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Dave is a true fan and a veritable walking Baseball Encyclopedia. Dave also has a tremendous amount of knowledge about Bound Brook and history in general.
 
 
Dave became St. Paul’s Sexton two years ago when Al Snyder and his wife moved to Pennsylvania. Dave married Marie in 1975. About that time Dave and his brother, Robert, took over their father's auto repair business and operated it until 2000. Dave says the reason he continues to attend St. Paul's is he likes the people. We sure like him.
 



 
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