Meet Pastor Rhonda
Rev. Rhonda J. Hoehn graduated from Boston College with a BS in Biology. While doing mission work at a Cottage Hospital in Litein, Kenya, she was called away from pursuing a degree in medicine. She holds a Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (STM) from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She completed post-graduate studies at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has taught at New York University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and Union Theological Seminary.
Rev. Rhonda J. Hoehn was ordained through the Metro New York Synod of the ELCA on October 23, 1993. She began serving St. Paul Lutheran Church on December 1, 2009 and prefers to be called, “Pastor Rhonda.” She has served small and large communities in a variety of suburban and urban settings, including Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Queens) as Pastor, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Manhattan) as Interim Pastor and New York University and Columbia University as Campus Pastor. While Co-Pastor at King of Kings Lutheran Church (Middletown, NJ) and Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ), Pastor Rhonda worked with church-based preschools. She enjoys teaching and creating new resources to bring the Good News of God’s love to all ages, especially children.
Before her ordination, Pastor Rhonda enjoyed short-term mission work in Kenya, Lesotho, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. She grew up in rural, residential Massachusetts. Her siblings and neighborhood friends were gifted with acres of woodlands and wide-open spaces to play in. She has fond memories of collecting warm, fresh chicken eggs, vegetable gardening with Mom, fishing with Dad, singing in various choirs, and playing varsity basketball. Pastor Rhonda loves cats, classical music and a good game of cribbage.
Meet Christian Aquino
Christian Aquino has been our organist and Director of Music since May, 2014. Born and raised in the Bronx, he was baptized in the Lutheran church from infancy. As Christian’s piano and vocal skills began to develop, his musical involvement in church started at age 12, when he began the first of many years directing the summer music program for Vacation Bible School, which he continued to do until college. In addition to collegiate courses in music theory, composition, musicology and choral music, he practiced music outside of school, studying organ technique under the direction of his uncle, Dr. Fred Brandt. Christian also currently serves as one of the organists at the First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck in the Bronx. Past organist positions he has held include East Bronx Baptist Church and, more recently, St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Nyack. When he is not taking part in musical activities, Christian enjoys being outdoors, skiing, travel, movies and baseball.