Who We Are

West Side Presbyterian Church’s vision is to be a God-centered, welcoming community, open to all, transforming lives by sharing our faith, inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Welcome to West Side Presbyterian Church!
We trust you will find in West Side a spiritual home that will enable you to grow your faith in God and a place to share your talents with others.

West Side offers a vibrant worship experience for individuals, families, youth and children. Our Sanctuary and Chapel offers opportunities to praise God, reflect and rejoice. Living and experiencing our faith through Music is an integral part of West Side’s ministry. When unable to attend worship, you can participate by Live Streaming Video and Podcasts.

Join a small group or participate in Sunday School for all ages to expand and share your faith. Participate in diverse Mission opportunities to serve others, and enjoy the company of new and old friends through these and other West Side community activities for children, youth and adults.

Please explore all that West Side has to offer by visiting and worshipping with us soon.

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West Side Presbyterian Church is handicapped accessible, and offers free parking.



The Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle

Pastor/Head of Staff

201-652-1966, ext. 7140

Gareth became West Side’s Senior Pastor in February, 2009. He has degrees in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and music degrees from the University of California, Riverside, and California State University of Los Angeles. His masters degrees are in music (voice and composition) and divinity, and his doctorate is in ministry, with a focus on spiritual formation and discipleship. He has written an internationally used textbook on the theology, purposes, and dynamics of faith formation through small groups.

Gareth comes to West Side from the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where he served as Senior Pastor from 2004 to 2008. Before that he served First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA, as Senior Pastor and Co-Senior Pastor for 14 years. Previously he was the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Seminary.

Both natives of southern California, Gareth and his wife, Vida Smith, have been married for more than 40 years and they have two adult daughters, Tamara and Tonya.


The Rev. Marc A. Oehler

Associate Pastor of Parish Life

201-652-1966, ext. 7141

Marc joined West Side’s staff in July, 2010, after spending 10 years as Associate Pastor of Community Life at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township (PCCT), NJ. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Lafayette College and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marc served as Spiritual Director at PCCT and Princeton Theological Seminary since 2003 and 2006, respectively. He has also been a certified Staff Person of Spirituality for Daily Life and retreat leader at the Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development in Camp Hill, PA. He feels his mission is for small spiritual group ministry, where he is able to get to the heart and journey with people while “encouraging them to grow into who they might become.”

Marc’s family includes wife Nicole, daughter Esmae, and son Caleb.


The Rev. Penny Hogan

Associate Pastor of Family Life

201-652-1966, ext. 7139

Penny joined the West Side staff in March 2012 as Associate Pastor for Family Life (working with youth, children and parents). She was ordained and installed at West Side on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

Penny received a Master of Divinity in 2010 from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. Before entering seminary, she served for six years in the youth, family and mission ministry at the 1,500-member La Jolla Presbyterian Church in La Jolla, California. Among her many responsibilities, she planned and co-led a youth mission trip to Kenya, co-led a multi-generational trip to Malawi, and implemented an annual youth group house building trip to Mexico for nearly 100 people.

Penny and her husband, John, are Ridgewood residents.


Deborah Holden-Holloway

Interim Minister of Music

201-652-1966, ext. 7137

Before joining the staff in 1990, Deborah, or Mrs. Ho-Ho, as she is widely known, served congregations in New Jersey, Florida, and Maryland as organist/choirmaster. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, with concentration in organ, from William Paterson University, and a masters degree in sacred music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, with a concentration in voice.

Mrs. Ho-Ho delights in creating music for the choirs, bell choirs, and instrumental ensembles which enhance our worship, and has published a number of anthems. She also serves on the executive board of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Debbi lives with her husband and two sons, one of whom attends New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Franklin Lakes.

Liz Junod bw

The Rev. Elizabeth Junod

Pastoral Associate for Family Life (part-time)

The Rev. Elizabeth Junod joined West Side in 2009 as a part-time Pastoral Associate during the searches that brought Rev. Oehler and Rev. Hogan to West Side. She was originally ordained in the United Methodist Church; she was welcomed into our Presbytery of the Palisades as a fully recognized pastor in our denomination, PC(USA). After serving for a year or so as a part-time volunteer Parish Associate, Liz rejoined the West Side staff on a part-time basis as Pastoral Associate for Family Life to assist Rev. Penny Hogan with the opportunities for families in conjunction with Foundation Worship on Sunday evenings.

Liz has a bachelors degree from Drew University, with a major in religion and minor in psychology, and received her Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in May of 1989, where she was awarded the William E. Downes Prize for excellence in preaching and public speaking.

She is married to Laurent Junod and they have three children: Lilly, Liam and Luke.


Carolyn Conetta

Financial Manager
201-652-1966, ext. 7135

Richard Curtin

Director of Planned Giving (volunteer)

Steven DeMott

Lead Musician, Foundation
Worship (part-time)

Cindy Hardt

Assistant to the Director of
West Side Nursery School
201-447-3501, ext. 7146

Pat McGlade

Parish Nurse (part-time)
201-652-1966, ext. 7133

Paul Mensing

Facility Manager (part-time)
201-652-1966, ext. 7147

Melissa Saunders

Executive Director of West Side Nursery School
201-447-3501, ext. 7143

Clive Stewart

contact via Paul Mensing, 201-652-1966, ext. 7147

Lisa Stitt

Business Administrator
201-652-1966, ext. 7136

Carol Walton

Coordinator for Ministry
201-652-1966, ext. 7134

Lay Leadership

Session (Elders):  West Side’s governing body

Class of 2014:  Donna Burdick, Ben Dougherty, Myra Garcia, Ruth Guthery, Paul Higbee, Lucy Ianacone, Cara Montella, James Neujahr, Lincoln Stulik

Class of 2015:  Tom Ahlborn, Phyllis Anderson, Charles Blanchard, Anne Deatly, Mary Stuart Gephart, Randall Ruger, Roger Widicus, Christian Wilhjelm

Class of 2016:  Richard Brooke, Marilyn Ewell, Joe Grant, Carol Hollen, Sue Ip, Nancy Sampson, Mike Vana

Board of Deacons:  Caring Ministries

Deacon’s Name, with parish area of responsibility in parentheses

Sharon Bizik (7, 8)
Leslie Blanchard (16A, 16H)
Jef Berg (16B)
Alice Brees (3, 25B)
Kim Butler (23B)
Carol Campi (25A, 25C)
Zitta Chapman (17)
William Clark (16F)
Jayne and Ray Gombach (21E)
Carol Hamilton (20B)
vacant (24B, 24G) Deacon Joni Hartsough died June 6, and we grieve her loss with her family.
Beth Holmes (4, 5)
Anita Kerr (no email) (22B)
Karen Klockner (11)
Rose Kraybill (23A, 23C)
Curtis Lenox (21B, 21C)
Lucy McCord (1, 2, 6)
Sally Merchant (14, 15)
Kathy Milano (16C, 16D)
Dawn Oprihory (youth deacon)
Mark Oprihory (21D)
Mary Oprihory (20F, 22A, 24A)
Alicia Rivers (19A, 24D)
Gordon Rowan (16E, 24C)
Merrill Schuetz (19B)
Mary Schwartz (21A)
Ellen Smith (19C)
Nancy Sonett (20A, 20C)
David Tait (16G)
Priscilla Thoma (20D,20E)
Alsa Tirgrath (12, 18)
Judy Widicus (9, 10)

Board of Trustees:  Assigned by the Session to handle West Side’s financial affairs.

Class of 2014:  Lisa Elaine Kopff (president), Keith Schnaars, Peter Tomasi III, Neal Vriesema, Gilbert Warren

Class of 2015:  John Alfonso, Andrew Haase, Michael Holt, Jennifer Padolina

Class of 2016:  Ed Austin, Cindi Cheesman, Lisa Floyd, Dick Jones, Fred Jubitz

How To Join

Membership at West Side means joining a community of believers, a group of people who together are striving to serve God, love others, understand the Bible, and have a meaningful spiritual relationship with God, with one another, and with the world.

If you are interested in joining West Side, please email/speak with Rev. Marc Oehler; if you would like to sign up for the upcoming new member gatherings, please email Carol Walton.

Our new member process includes a Sunday luncheon and afternoon gathering (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), paired with a New Member Sunday breakfast  8:30 to 9:50 a.m.) The new member process, which will be both fun and meaningful, is intended to help you connect with other incoming members, personally meet the key leaders at West Side, learn about West Side and its ministries, and consider how God is calling you to become part of our ministry and mission.

Upcoming New Member dates

October 5 and 19, 2014
February 8 and 22, 2015
April 12 and 26, 2015

Following completion of the class, and reception by the Session (West Side’s Church Council), new members are formally welcomed in worship on a Sunday convenient for the family.

Please consider joining us! To learn more about West Side and/or sign up for a New Member Class, please email Carol Walton in the church office or call her at 201-652-1966, extension 7134.

Sunday Schedule



Related information:
Job Description:  Pastor
Job Description:  Associate Pastor

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Schedule highlights for Sunday, October 26, 2014:

    • 8:45 AM        *Chapel Communion Service – Pulsifer Chapel
    • 9:00 AM        *Special Congregational Meeting (opportunity #1): Vote on Pastoral Call of Rev. Marc Oehler
    • 10:00 PM      *Worship
    • 11:00 AM      *Special Congregational Meeting (opportunity #2): Vote on Pastoral Call of Rev. Marc Oehler
    • 5:00 PM        *Special Congregational Meeting (opportunity #3): Vote on Pastoral Call of Rev. Marc Oehler
    • 5:15 PM          Foundation Contemporary Worship – DePhillips Hall (lower level)

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October  2014

*Child care is available for infants through preschool aged children in the Little Lambs Nursery on the 2nd floor of the Christian Education Building.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all building use.  If you need to schedule a room for a meeting or other activity, please contact Lisa Stitt.


Contact Us/Directions

West Side Presbyterian Church

Varian Fry Way
6 South Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3522

Phone:  (201) 652-1966
Fax:  (201) 652-6556
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