The Rev. Jack Zamboni, Rector
Office Phone: (732) 968-6781
Mobile Phone: (732) 403-4188
Fr. Jack Zamboni has been at St. Francis' since September, 2008, having previously served 18 years as Rector of Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville, NJ and 7 years as Assistant at Christ Church, Toms River, NJ. He often tells friends and colleagues that St. Francis is where he belongs -- where he wants to be and where God wants him to be.
Jack grew up in Sloatsburg and Suffern, NY and attended Yale University where he majored in music. The Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY) played a major formative role in his life with God and in the Church, and was where he first began to consider a call to ordination. Through ECY, he was also introduced to the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), an Episcopal monastic community in Cambridge, MA, who have enriched his spiritual life in many ways over the years.
After college, he worked a variety of jobs in the Boston area before moving to New York City to attend the General Theological Seminary, where he completed his Masters of Divinity degree in 1983. He has served in ordained ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey ever since, including as a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church six times over the last fifteen years.
Jack lives with a noisy cat named Fred in Somerset in the house he shared with his late wife, Judith Yannariello. His family includes his son, Jonathan, who lives in Brooklyn; Judith’s daughter, Coral Brown, who lives near Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Judith’s son, Special Forces Sgt. Mark Brown, stationed near Tampa, FL when not deployed overseas; and Mark’s children, Kyli and Colton.
Jack enjoys singing with Aura Polyphonica, a New Brunswick-based chamber choir specializing in Renaissance music, and PolyVoce, a quartet of professional singers with duo pianists. He also loves to cook and go on longish bike rides. In 2018, he became a student in the Living School, a two-year spiritual formation program of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM, continuing his enduring desire to deepening his spiritual life.
The Rev. Gerry Welch, Deacon.
The Rev. Gerry Welch, Deacon, has been at St. Francis' since September, 2021.
Gerry grew up in Hamilton Twp., NJ and attended Seton Hall University where she majored in nursing. Gerry was ordained a Deacon in August 2021.
Gerry lives Edison, NJ with her husband Steve, the Canon for Communications for the Diocese of New Jersey. Steve and Gerry live with their two grown daughters Hope, Rebecca, and their beloved Cookie the Wonder Dog. Deacon Gerry works in an obstetric clinic.
Gerry has a passion for Christian Formation. She has served on various Diocesan Committees including the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Commission and the Hispanic Commission. Gerry is bilingual in Spanish and really loves podcasts and working with youth and young adults and runs a group called the Episcopeers on Zoom and a Facebook Group called Gerry’s Gems.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Francis A. Hubbard, Associate Priest
Rachel Gasataya, Music Director
Rachel first served at St. Francis as an Interim Music Director from November, 2018 through April, 2019, and became St. Francis' permanent Music Director in September, 2022.
Rachel is the owner and director of Sixteenth Notes Music Studio in Belleville, which she founded in 2014, and where she offers lessons in voice, piano, guitar, music theory, and more. Following on her undergraduate work in sound engineering and piano, she completed her Masters degree in Jazz Performance at New Jersey City University in June of 2022. She works as an accompanist to singers in New Jersey and New York City, where she is also part of a jazz band. She has served as Music Director in several congregations in New Jersey over the years.
Rachel lives with her wife, Cristina and their daughter, Evan Rose, in Belleville. Evan Rose is soon to be a big sister as Cristina and Rachel are expecting their second child!