Rev. Doug Leonard
Rev. Doug Leonard is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and received his Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) from Princeton Theological Seminary. Through his 22 years in ordained ministry, Doug has served two congregations, as Associate Pastor at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, and as the Pastor of the Reformed Church of Cortlandtown in Westchester County. Doug and his wife Sarah see their ministry as a partnership. Sarah serves as the director of residence life at a nearby retirement community and is trained in counseling, geriatric care and is an ordained elder. Doug and Sara have two daughters Sonja (12) and Chloe who was born in 2022.
Doug has a heart for mission. From 2009 to 2016 Doug served as a missionary with the RCA in Oman (Arabian Gulf) where he led the Al Amana Centre for Muslim and Christian Relations and supervised the Fullbright Scholars research related to religious studies. From there, he went on to serve as the Director of Global Mission in the RCA.
Doug is experienced in diplomacy and handling delicate situations of conflict. Doug served as the World Council of Churches’ representative to the United Nations in New York, where he worked to advance diplomacy, development, peace building and religious freedom.
Doug is an artist. He has a degree in fine art and is a sculptor. He has led congregational projects incorporating the arts with ministry. His heart is in pastoral and congregational ministry, and he loves teaching the Bible, training in evangelism and outreach and helping a skeptical culture to understand the meaning of a new life in Christ.
Elders and Deacons
The consistory governs the life and ministry of a congregation. It is made up of those who hold three offices in the church: minister, elder, and deacon.
Board of Deacons
Board of Elders
Communications & office manager
Maryann joined the church office in December 2023. She manages the office and church communications. Maryann earned her B.S. in Sports Management from SUNY Brockport and an M.S. in Computer Science/Information Systems from Marist College. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, family, traveling, and sitting by the water. She is a member of the HRC handbell choir. Maryann is in the office Monday through Friday, 8:30-4.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Linda and her husband Bruce have been members of Hopewell Reformed Church (HRC) for over 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and a master’s degree in Child Development. Linda has taught Child Development at the college level and has been a director and teacher of two Church-based Early Childhood Programs in the area. Twice a year, Linda goes to the Dominican Republic where she works in local medical clinics and runs a Vacation Bible School for over 150 children. Linda’s passion is worshiping the Lord, working with children and spreading the Good News.
Lisa has been serving as Hopewell Reformed Church’s Finance Coordinator/Bookkeeper since 2007. She and her husband Ron have lived in Hopewell Junction since 1995 raising their children Sarah and Tyler here. Lisa pursued her “passion” of being a mom by getting involved at her children’s schools while they were growing up and “loving every minute of it.” She was a constant volunteer for things at the school and now that her children are grown she has found time to do more volunteering at HRC. She shares her passion for helping those less fortunate by coordinating our church’s efforts at the homeless shelter, yearly sweatshirt drive, holiday baskets, and general Fellowship needs. She also helps to plan and facilitate the Church picnic and annual turkey dinner. HRC has been her home for many years and she feels blessed to be part of such a loving, caring congregation.
Director of Youth Ministry
Tim graduated the University of Florida with a BA in English before shipping off to England where he completed a Master’s in European Historical Archaeology, focusing on the Islamic influence in Southern Spain and the Monastic Tithe Barns of England. After a few years in Europe, Tim moved back to the States and became an International Baccalaureate teacher, developing the curriculum and teaching English and Theory of Knowledge in Florida and Costa Rica. Most recently, he has been teaching Special Education and was the faculty advisor for the National Honors Society at Scarborough High School in Scarborough, Maine. During his time in Costa Rica, Tim started Christian Surfers Nosara and worked with Mercy Homes mission building homes for local Costa Ricans. The past four years in Maine, he has been leading Young Life SouthCoast in Southern Maine, where he has built friendships with high schoolers while presenting the Gospel.
Wesley came to Hopewell in 2009 as the organist and choir director. A few years later he was called to ministry and enrolled in seminary where he earned his MDiv. He was ordained in 2021 and is now serving as a chaplain with Hudson Valley Hospice. He plays the organ for the 10:30 worship service on Sunday mornings, and collaborates with the many wonderful musicians in the congregation to provide special music during worship and concert series. He loves hearing the congregation really belt out the hymns! He and Brittany have been married for 11 years and keep fit racing after their daughter Charlotte, who is 4. Wesley is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and Western Theological Seminary.