Clergy and Staff
The Reverend Michael Muller
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Emergency Phone: 973.303.0438
Born and raised in Australia, Mike Muller grew up as a Roman Catholic in a movement that emphasized Christian community and the relevance of the gospel in the modern world. He came to the United States in 1990 to attend seminary at Seton Hall University and was ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1994. Changing course, he married his wife, Liz, and began attending Episcopal parishes in 1999. Mike and Liz have five children: Alexandra, who lives in DC; JP, who works in Morristown; Tommy & Stephanie, who are currently in college; and Matthew, in elementary school. While raising their family he worked in the building products industry. In 2011, he began a process of discernment, study and training to have his orders received in the Episcopal Church. Mike and Liz, who currently reside in Denville, began their ministry at St. Peter’s in January, 2018.
Minister of Music
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John has studied piano and organ extensively, including undergraduate studies at Susquehanna University (where he majored in piano performance and studied organ) to organ and piano studies in Denmark, Germany and Hungary and graduate piano study at Temple University. He teaches piano privately and performs frequently with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He has performed at Grace Church, Madison for the annual Baroque Music Festivals. John joined us in September 2011 after serving most recently as organist/ choirmaster at Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ. He also works as a freelance instrumental and vocal accompanist and performs solo recitals frequently in the metropolitan area. John lives in Madison with his wife, Esther. John is an adjunct piano teacher at Pingry School and Caldwell University.
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Eileen, a long-time member of St. Peter’s, began work on the Staff in 1992 and became Parish Secretary in 1997. She is the friendly voice at the other end of the phone during office hours (Tues-Thurs), prepares the Sunday worship bulletins, sends notices to volunteers, deals with myriad forms and the other duties that collect around a person who manages a parish office. Residing in West Caldwell, Eileen has raised three sons and now has six granddaughters, and enjoys her interactions with people in the Parish. “There is so much to like about St Peter’s–especially the way people care for each other.”
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Baptized in Montclair, Confirmed at Saint Peter’s, and long active in the Parish, Toby became Property Manager in 2010. This multi-faceted position involves not only the maintenance of the fabric of the buildings and grounds, but making sure they are ready for regular use. A dedicated handyman, Toby can be found hanging pictures or dealing with plumbing, supervising teenagers working on the grounds, or supervising men working on special projects like renovating the Chapel sacristy–whatever is needed. For Toby, caring for the material fabric of the church is a tangible way of serving God.
Sunday School Head
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Dana’s involvement with our children’s Christian education goes back almost two decades, shortly after she and her family came to Saint Peter’s and her two boys were baptized here. Like so many teachers, her special delight is “… all that I learn from the children.” After many years teaching Sunday School, she became Sunday School Head in 2014. She organizes the program year and lessons for our three class levels, recruits and trains teachers, keeps the classrooms supplied and communications timely. Dana also recruits children for the monthly “Family Church” service and guides them as they usher, read, and participate in multiple aspects of the service.
Fr. Vince Corso
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As Pastoral Assistant, Vince is a volunteer member of the staff, actively participating in the life and growth of the parish. He preaches regularly, presides at the Wednesday Healing Liturgy monthly and offers counseling services to individuals and families who find themselves coping with advanced illness, the death of a loved one, divorce, or other significant issues. Parishioners are invited to visit the compassionidentity.org website for information about counseling services. Vince is also a member of the chancel choir and bell choir. A Franciscan Friar for 22 years and ordained in the Roman Catholic Church in 1980, Vince is now a priest in good standing with the International Council of Community Churches, ICCC, and a member of CITI Ministries. He holds master’s degrees in divinity and social work and is licensed to practice social work in New Jersey and New York. For 20 years Vince worked in the hospice and palliative care arena supervising chaplaincy and bereavement services and provided direct care to hospice patients and their family members. Vince, his wife Christine, and their children Julia and Peter have been parishioners of St. Peter’s for over 15 years.
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Sue, part of the Saint Peter’s community since her husband’s time here as Interim, has become ever more deeply drawn “toward chaplaincy.” This call to ministry with the sick and suffering took her into formal Clinical Pastoral Education, and then to seminary courses, even as her pastoral work at Saint Peter’s deepened with communion to the sick and visitation of shut-ins and people in the hospital. A Sunday lector and Eucharistic Minister as well, Sue is Health and Healing Coordinator, supporting a variety of related ministries: Angel Food, the Prayer Shawls, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lay Pastoral Callers, and the Prayer Chain. Her call into this work has also led to her ordination as a Priest in the Old Catholic lineage as a part of Archdiocese of Our Lady of Guadelupe, even as she continues her long-time relationship with the Episcopal Church.
The Reverend Anthony Puca, Jr.
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Anthony became Assistant Rector at St. Peter’s in the spring of 2014, and was promoted to Associate Rector in June 2015. He now serves as Rector of Grace Church Westwood. Anthony remains connected to St. Peter’s in his role as Youth Minister, directing SPY and activities associated with their Mission Trip. Fr Anthony received his undergraduate degree from Temple University, where he majored in Religious Studies. He attended The General Theological Seminary in New York City where he received an M. Div. with Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Fr Anthony was ordained to the priesthood from the Diocese of New Jersey in June 2014. He and his wife Paula have one child, Anthony III.
Communications, Social Media
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Pat has been a member of St. Peter’s over 45 years, and has previously served on Vestry and as a Warden. She was a member of the 2017 search committee and served as overall Director of Search in 2002. Pat was an original member of Health Cabinet and volunteer at the Op Shop. Her daughter was one of the first two female acolytes at St. Peter’s.
Editor of weekly newsletter, Facebook & website administrator
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Chris works as editor of our weekly electronic newsletter, Life at Saint Peter’s, maintaining an email contact list and gathering information from clergy, staff and parishioners about upcoming events. She sends e-blasts to promote special activities at church as well as The OpShop, and maintains our web site. In particular, Chris enjoys serving as a lector and co-Director of our annual Vacation School. As the only non-singing member of the Corso family, Chris appreciates listening to her husband and children in the Choir.
Editor, monthly newsletter “The Onward”
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A member of St. Peter’s since 1960, when her family joined, Mallory and her husband Wayne have three sons, all who went through the ranks of Sunday School, Acolyte and SPY. Mallory has been editor of The Onward since 1999. Although the newsletter deadline comes quick each month, she does enjoy putting it together and keeping in touch with St. Peter’s through its pages. Mallory is now looking forward to seeing her grandchildren enjoy the love and spirit St. Peter’s offers.
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DJ has served St. Peter’s since June 2016. She has been a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church since 1991, after she experienced an adult conversion to Christianity at St. Bartholomew’s NYC in the 1980s. Originally from Mississippi, she is a retired audit specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers.