Leadership and Staff
Hunter is originally from the west coast of California and Oregon. He met his wife Heather in college. They have been married 26 years and have three daughters, the oldest of whom is married… so Hunter now is delighted to have a son-in-law. For the past six years Hunter has been the Senior Pastor at City Church Cincinnati; and for the past four years, he has been producing a daily podcast called Daily Radio Bible →, where listeners can hear the Bible being read followed by a short devotional thought. Previous to his time in Ohio, Hunter was on the pastoral staff here at Zarephath Christian Church for six years. He served as Pastor of Evangelism and Men’s Ministry. Under his leadership, the Alpha ministry was launched at ZCC. Hunter has a passion for inspiring people to desire the Word of God. He also enjoys fly fishing, rivers, mountains, the beach, and spending time with his family.
Associate Pastor & Pastor of Worship
Originally from North Brunswick, Pastor Raphael has spent 12 years in the Music Industry in Nashville where he was Co-Pastor of ‘New River Fellowship’ a church he helped plant in Franklin, TN. He is a teacher and worship leader with a passion for Israel and his fellow Jewish people and continues to record and tour as a singer-songwriter. Raphael’s wife Aly is from Florham Park and is also a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter with a heart for evangelism and worship. They perform frequently together all over NJ and live in Basking Ridge with their twin daughters.
Pastor of Spiritual Development and Family
Marlene has served within our Pillar of Fire and Zarephath Christian Church Ministries. Being called out of Star 99.1 Radio in 2003, she followed the pastoral calling and joined the ZCC Team. She and her husband John, our Men’s Fellowship Leader, worship and share their gifts together with the Body of Christ at ZCC. In a deeply broken world, Marlene’s burden and vision were to develop our present various Isaiah 61 Healing and Renewal Ministries, where those would come to know the only ONE that could bind up their broken heart, set them free from sin and restore their lives — Jesus Christ!
Pastor of Operations
Al joined our Staff in May of 2012 as our Pastor of Operations. He returned to NJ from Colorado in 1984 where he and his wife Donna spent 11 years serving at the Pillar of Fire Church in Denver. Prior to his coming on staff, Al served as a ZCC Board member and he and his wife Donna also serve as leaders of our Marriage Ministry. After recently spending a number of years in senior management for an International Media group, Al felt the calling to ZCC “many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (Prov 19.21). He and his wife Donna have one child Al Jr.
Director of Children's Ministries
Danielle Szierer ministers to our children. Danielle believes that the church’s greatest responsibility and privilege are investing in the lives of our children and discipling the next generation. Her desire is that each child will find his/her identity in Christ. She and her husband Mark have three daughters.
Director of Missions and Outreach
Mark Avery leads our mission and outreach program at ZCC after joining the team in 2013. He and his wife Asen served in Asia for over a decade, where he was involved in local community development, regional anti-trafficking alliances, and sharing God’s love and message with those who had little or no opportunity to hear it. Mark believes that the Church is God’s plan for healing the brokenness in the world around us, and he works at ZCC to connect what God is doing inside the church to what He is doing beyond the church! He loves great coffee, motorbikes, hiking, ping pong, carpentry, and music. He and Asen have 2 daughters, Jessica and Fern.
Pastor of Youth, Young Adults, and Life Groups
Rich Dugan has been serving at Zarephath since 2013. He is passionate about disciple-making and equipping believers to live gospel-rich lives, for Jesus’ glory. Rich is married to Kait and they have a daughter named Kyah. Rich is a huge fan of the New York Giants, reading, and good coffee.
Executive Asst. to the Senior Pastor
Pastoral Care Minister and Counselor
Media and Communications Coordinator
Manager of Resources and Facilities
Student Ministry Assistant
Lead Pantry Coordinator