Our Pastor: Rev. Edward Suffern
Pastor Ned Suffern has been
serving as pastor here since November of 2009. In 1980, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from
Grove City College in Pennsylvania, having also taken a junior year abroad studying at the University of East Anglia
in England, where he was a Bible study leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He taught chemistry, physics and Bible
for four years at Stony Brook School on Long Island, New York. He also had experience as Program Director for two
summers at Christian Service Brigade Frontier Camp in Lovell, Maine. Spending a lot of time in Maine in his youth developed
a love of swimming in Ned, which he now pursues as he is able in Lake George, and while on vacation, in the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1985 Ned married his wife Lois, soon after she finished her
Bachelor's degree in elementary education and music. Earning the Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Seminary
in 1987, Pastor Ned served as Associate Pastor of Youth, Education and Evangelism at Sixth Reformed Church, North Haledon,
NJ, until 1993. He and Lois then began fourteen years of pastoral ministry with the congregation, youth director and leaders
of Hope Reformed Church, Clifton, NJ. After that, Pastor Suffern served through October of 2009 as Preaching and Teaching
Pastor of First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa, where he worked with the congregation and staff to advance their mission:
"Glorify God, Know Christ, and Make Him Known."
Working together with the session, diaconate and congregation
of RRPC in the ministry of Jesus Christ is a joy to Pastor Ned and his family. Ned and Lois have been blessed with three daughters, Kathryn, Rachel, and Johanna,
and a son, John. The purpose of the Suffern family is to serve Christ whatever they do and wherever they go. Lois has
taught piano privately for more than twenty-five years and is a certified elementary school and music teacher.
She teaches kindergarten at Spa Christian School in Ballston Spa. Kathryn is married to Matt Ulrich
who serves as the Director of Children's Ministries at the Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh . God has blessed Ned
and Lois with two grandsons, the children of Matt and Kate. Rachel graduated from Grove City College studying English
and Christian ministries, and she works in the medicare billing department of Glens Falls Hospital. She is active in Pioneer
Girls and the RRPC choir, and plays euphonium with the Lake George Concert Band. Johanna is an accomplished
violinist who graduated with a double major in mathematics and music from Grove City College. She is a fourth grade teacher
at Regents School in Charlottesville, Virginia. John's passion is baseball. He plays the cello and percussion
instruments, and he has been a leader in RRPC's Brigade group. He is a sophomore studying engineering at Geneva College.