What is the Diaconate?

 

From the earliest days of the New Testament Church, deacons and deaconesses have attended to the temporal needs of the church. Overseeing the extensive mercy ministry, the diaconate serves church members and our neighbors with provision, volunteers and other forms of assistance. 

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.1 Timothy 3:8-13

More specifically, from the Book of Church Order of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), our denomination:

They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. The office of deacon is set forth in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church. The office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need. —Chapter 9, Section 2

The Grace Redeemer Church Diaconate extends the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ through care and support to the GRC body and surrounding community. The focus is on physical and felt needs to reflect the Mercy Jesus so freely gives us in hopes that it would foster a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The aim is to organize to enable and leverage the GRC body to administer care and support to one another. The Diaconate is also aimed at filling it’s biblical role in administering the non-teaching/spiritual needs of the church.

The Diaconate is not duplicative of Missions. It’s goal is to provide for those in need, inside GRC as well as the surrounding community. To contact the Diaconate, please email diaconate@graceredeemer.com.

 

Diaconate Members

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Mei Chen

Mei and her husband, Steven, have attended GRC since 2007.  They have four children, Ethan, Emma, Ellery, and Esmé.  Mei has served as a Kids Club teacher for multiple years and has worked with Sponsor a Family ministry in different capacities.  She is currently serving as an usher, children ministry’s information desk attendant and will be serving on the church-wide retreat committee and women’s retreat committee.  She is a science educator in Rockland, NY and has a Geology degree.  She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

 

Gloria Huang

Gloria and her husband Clark, have been members of GRC since 2013. They have 4 children. Gloria has served in Children's Ministry for over 3 years. She has been serving in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry through set up for about 2 years and is currently serving as part of the Women's Leadership Team. She and Clark have hosted a growth group since Fall of 2014.

 

Bryan Kim

Bryan has attended GRC since 1999, becoming a member in 2005.  Previous to GRC, he attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church for seven years.  Bryan and his wife Aili met at GRC and they were married in 2004.  They have two daughters, Ainsley and Mia.  Bryan serves as an Usher in the Sunday Operations Ministry and also previously co-led a Growth Group for six years.  He previously served on the Diaconate from 2010 to 2016 and now serves his second term.

 
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Simone Lim

Simone and her husband, Tony, have been members of GRC since June 2010. They have two children. She has served as a leader in women’s Bible studies for four years; the Women’s Leadership Team for three years; as a teacher in the Children’s ministry; and is currently the co-leader of Oikos. She is a homeschooling mom.

 
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Audrey Lum

Audrey and her husband, Sterling, have been members of GRC since 2005. They have two children. Audrey has served on the Diaconate since 2008 and has served as a Children’s Sunday school teacher.

 

Sterling Lum

Sterling serves as a employee relations manager with Hackensack University Medical Center. Sterling and his wife Audrey have two children.

 
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Frank Martinez

Frank and his wife, Christin, have been members of GRC since 2015. He helped reboot the Van (Transportation) Ministry and has served as its leader since 2016. Last year he joined the Missions Committee, which held its biannual conference this past February.

 
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Brian Mercer

Brian and his wife Jennifer have been attending Grace Redeemer Church for three years; they have a son (Everett).  Involved in various groups and initiatives at GRC, Brian can be found doing anything from driving the church van to serving food at the Bergen County Human Services Center to working on the new church building to manning the grill at GRC picnics. His goal is to keep an open mind to serving in whatever opportunity arises, within or outside the church.

 

Han Oh

Han and his wife Grace have attended GRC since the fall of 2007.  They have three daughters: Ella, Reese, and Charlotte.  Prior to joining GRC, Han and Grace were members of the core launch group for the Redeemer-network PCA church plant (LFCC) in Bayside, NY.  Since becoming members of Grace Redeemer, they have continued to serve the Lord.  Han previously co-led the Ridgewood growth group, led a GRC sponsored mission trip to Haiti, and was a member of the Diaconate prior to rolling off in 2015.  

 

Grace Lily Reddy

Grace has been attending GRC since 2004 and a member since May 2008. She has served on the Ushers team for 6 years and in the Children's ministry for 3 years. Her hobbies include hospitality/entertaining and cooking.

 
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Anna Ruberti

Anna and her husband, Ted, have been attending GRC since October 1999. They have four children, Truman, Sophia, Luke and Calvin. Anna is an active member of the church, serving as the Business Manager, teaching Sunday School with the Children’s Ministry and organizing the annual Sponsor A Family event. She and Ted also hosts the West Orange Growth Group. Anna was one of the first members of the Diaconate.

 

Werner Tretner

Werner and his wife, Laura, have been members of GRC since 2006. They have two children. Werner has been a leader in the Men’s Ministry since early 2007 and currently heads GRC’s Celebrate Recovery ministry.

 
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Jeffrey Wan

Jeffrey and his wife, Joyce, have been members of GRC since 2016. Jeffrey has served as a Kids Club teacher and PowerPoint operator since 2014. In 2015, he joined the Praise Team as a vocalist. Jeffrey also co-leads a Growth Group.