Jason joined Central as the Director of Church Renewal in August of 2011 through a partnership with the New City Commons Foundation and was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Central in June of 2013. Previously Jason served as the founding Campus Minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Northwestern University. Jason began this ministry in 2005 after receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Prior to attending seminary, Jason worked as a sales analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York City after graduating from Princeton University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Archaeology in 2000. Jason participates in a number of ministries outside of Central and has longstanding relationships with RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), Young Life, the New Canaan Society, and The Veritas Forum.
Jason met his wife, Ashley, at Princeton University where she studied Economics and Japanese and subsequently received a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School. Jason and Ashley have four young children, Luke, Olivia, Eliza and Charlotte.
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Ed and Roz moved to New York City in 2009 after Ed completed his Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. They previously lived in Providence, Rhode Island, where Ed worked in biotechnology for nine years. In August of 2011, he joined Redeemer Presbyterian Church as the Director of Ministry to build and lead the staff of the East Side congregation, and he was subsequently ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 2012 and served there for six years.
Ed's wife, Rosalynn, is a graduate of Scripps College and the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She pursued her residency training at New York University and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Queens, New York.
Ed was called to serve at Central in July of 2017 and he's thrilled to be a part of the God's work of renewal here. Ed and Roz have a baby boy, Andrew.
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Seth Ward has served as the Worship Director at Central Presbyterian Church since January of 2009.
Seth received his Double Masters in piano and composition from Baylor University. While there, he studied choral conducting with Donald Bailey. He has recently completed his Doctorate in Music Composition from Rice University at the Shepherd School of Music. He studied piano with Logan Skelton during his undergraduate years, Krassimira Jordan while at Baylor, and John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival. He has studied composition primarily with Richard Lavenda and Scott McAllister. He has also received composition lessons from Samuel Adler, William Bolcom, and Art Gottschalk. His piano and chamber compositions have been performed in competitions internationally and have been enthusiastically received.
In addition to his classical training, Seth has also toured as a Contemporary Christian Artist with his wife, Amber, before moving to NYC. They have two records together as the group, "Five Cent Stand'." While finishing his Doctorate in Houston, Seth worked as pianist at Second Baptist Houston and orchestra director and arranger at Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas.
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Dan grew up in eastern Long Island, and after graduating from Cornell University in 2006, he moved to New York City to pursue a career on Wall Street. After working in finance for nearly nine years, God opened a door at Central for Dan, who has enjoyed this exciting career change. Dan became a member of Central in the Fall of 2013. He has served as a deacon and as a volunteer in the children’s and youth ministry. In January 2015, Dan joined Central's staff as the Director of Finance and Operations and the Director of the Youth Ministry.
Dan met his wife, Hannah, through FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), in which they are both actively involved. Dan and Hannah also enjoy hosting a community group at their apartment.
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Clara began working as Director of Children's Ministry in February 2016. Previously, Clara worked as an event planner, nanny, and preschool teacher.
Clara moved from Northern California to New York in 2010 to study Media, Culture, and the Arts at the King's College in Lower Manhattan. While in college she developed a passion for education and curriculum development. Clara sees children's ministry as a perfect opportunity to combine her love for children, her passion for education and curriculum development, and her desire to serve alongside a church family.
Clara met her husband, Casey Crane, in college. Casey and Clara were married in March of 2016.
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Mary-Catherine has been a member of Central since 2012 and joined the staff as the Communications and Office Manager in March 2018.
Prior to working at Central, Mary-Catherine spent five years working in development for Mannes College of Music and Parsons School of Design. Mary-Catherine graduated with a Master of Music degree in bassoon performance from Mannes College of Music in New York City and a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Mary-Catherine met her husband Austin at Furman University where he studied Accounting and subsequently received a Master of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University. Mary-Catherine and Austin have a dog named Linda and enjoy spending time in Lake Martin, Alabama and Rosemary Beach, Florida.
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Composer, pianist, and singer Jacinth Greywoode, a Florida native whose family hails from Sierra Leone, West Africa, has been an Office Manager at Central Presbyterian Church since January of 2016. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Jacinth received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Princeton University and a Master of Arts in composition from Stony Brook University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Stony Brook under Professor Sheila Silver along with an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jacinth is happy to remove the musician’s cap and don an administrator’s hat here at Central, where he works with the rest of the staff to manage the day-to-day work of the Central Church office.
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Originally hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Gretchen proudly considers herself a New Yorker having made New York City home for the past 10 years. She is grateful to have called Central Presbyterian Church her church home since 2011 and has been incredibly blessed to be a part of the choir. She joined Central's staff in January 2019.
Prior to working at Central, Gretchen moved to NYC from Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, working at Alice's Tea Cup and then at The Bowery Mission where she gained invaluable experience and lifelong friends.
She's humbled to serve with such a talented, dedicated and passionate team and to see God's miraculous work unfold at Central in this city she loves so much.
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