Staff and Leadership

The ministry of Pleasantville Presbyterian Church is only possible because of the resources God has given us, especially the people God has placed here. Our Staff and Volunteers are dedicated and active in the life and ministry of our church.


Justin Hylden

Justin loves his work as a Pastoral Associate at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church. Whether it is Sunday evening youth group, Thursday community dinners, preaching in worship, or singing in the choir, this is his church home. The Associate Program is molding and forming him to become an effective and faithful future Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).

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The Rev. Dr. Debra JK Bronkema

Pastor Debbie has been part of our Church since Easter Sunday 2007 along with her husband, John, and four children, Cali, Dylan, Logan and Caleb, and their dog, Duncan.

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JoAnna Tivnan

Jo Anna has been part of our church since October 2010. She lives in Croton-on-Hudoson with her husband Tom and her three children, Olivia, Eliza and Thomas.

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Jane Wong

Jane has been part of our congregation since her children were little but joined the staff in 2015 as the Director of our Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry and Parish Social Worker. She lives in Plesaantville with her husband Pono.

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Ruth Fischer

Ruth has been a lively part of our congregation for years, and began teaching at Great Beginnings since 1984, later becoming the director. She lives in Pleasantville with her husband Eugene.

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Katelyn Westervelt

Katelyn has been an associate intern at the church since August 2018. She is our digital connections/social media intern and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is currently a student at Norwalk Community College getting her degree in graphic design.

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Music Staff

David Macdonald

Dave has been our Director of Music and adult Choir Director since 2000. He and his wife Ellen, a singer, live in Ossining with their daughter Elizabeth.

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Evan Closser

Evan has been wowing the congregation with his music since 2010. He lives in Bedford Hills with Amethyst Saldia, his dog Chloe, their two cats and his mandolin.

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