Hunter Barnes

Senior Pastor

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.

Rich Dugan

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.

Marlene Moncho

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!

Al Shjarback

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.

Danielle Szierer

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.

Mark Avery

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.


Eloise Russo

Executive Asst. to the Senior Pastor

Donna Burzynski

Pastoral Assistant

Mitzi Vorhees

Administrative Coordinator

Susan Sapienza


Jennifer Olszyk

Pastoral Care Minister and Counselor

Jon Mihail

Media and Communications Coordinator

Donna Shjarback

Manager of Resources and Facilities

Freddy Cambronero


John Babinetz


Collin Fitzgerald

Youth Minister

Michelle Hackworth

Administrative Coordinator

Julia Jasper

Preschool Director

Meghan Nugent

Nursery Coordinator

Aixa Katz

Lead Pantry Coordinator

Gilda Webster

Closet Assistant

Larry Waldron

A/V Coordinator

Sonny Jean-Louise

A/V Coordinator

OUR MISSION is to Love, Live, and Serve as Jesus did, honoring the Word of God by: hearing, studying and applying it in our daily lives; encouraging a life of servanthood; and spreading the Gospel throughout New Jersey and all the earth.

ZCC is a Ministry of Pillar of Fire International | © 2018