Read a bit more below about the folks who work here. And please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
The Pastoral Staff
The Reverend Janet Broderick joined St. Peter's as Rector in June of 2009. She previously served as Rector of Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City (in the Diocese of Newark), where she helped transform and grow Grace from a struggling mission into an extraordinary parish serving the local community, including youth, seniors, and the homeless. Janet has also served as Rector at All Saints' Church in Briarcliff Manor, New York and as Vicar of Grace Church in New York City. She has served on the board of the New York City Coalition for the Homeless and on Christ Hospital's (Jersey City) Bio-Ethics Committee. She's served the Diocese of Newark on the Council Steering Committee, Council on Inclusion, Committee on Canons, and Workshops for Wardens. Janet is a graduate of General Theological Seminary and before that studied History and Mathematics at the University of Michigan; she also loves music and art. She is the mother of James and Hannah.
Pastoral Associate Mikael Salovaara recently received an Masters of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary. He is married to Beth Stewart, and they have four boys and a girl ages 24 to 16. The last two were born at Morristown Memorial. They have all lived in Bernardsville for twenty years on an old dairy farm.
Mikael speaks Argentine Spanish as a result of being an exchange student near the Straits of Magellan in 1969. Mikael has served with Spanish speaking congregations including St. Eduardo Martir in Spanish Harlem and San Andres, Camden, New Jersey. He worked with his Bernardsville church on several ERD projects in San Salvador and taught very briefly in the Diocese of Panama’s Colegio de Cristo in Colon.
Mikael worked on Wall Street in the eighties and nineties. He was elected to local public office and served on several college and corporate Boards after leaving finance. He still is on the Board of the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Playwrights Horizons (NYC).
He once walked up Kilimanjaro and has completed three (very slow) NYC Marathons.
Pastoral Associate Alan Chorun, is responsible our Men's Bible Study Group as well as working with our Youth Group and supporting our Saturday evening service. Alan has his Masters of Divinity from Drew University. He taught K-8 music for about ten years, and various subjects in middle school before settling in as a Math teaching coach and a staff developer in Orange and East Orange. Concurrently he has served as a Director of Development, Youth Music Director, Youth Group Director, Sunday School Director, in various Schools and Churches. During summers, he has trained horses for western reenactments. Alan has been involved in various mission projects, volunteering for several years running VBS’s at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. Creating Hofstra Homeless Outreach, a college ministry to the homeless in Manhattan, Spirit Builders, a Catholic teen mission organization that renovated houses in Appalachia. Abdulai’s Project, a rural development initiative in a remote area of Sierra Leone, that has provided housing for 18 families, clean drinking water, high school education for a growing number of youth, and a medical center (in process!). The project started out of an orphanage in Sierra Leone.
Alan is the fortunate father of a very special 11 year old daughter Julia, and a recreational soccer coach.
Director of Music Joshua Stafford. Joshua graduated from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music with a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and the Certificate in Church Music in May 2012. His principal teachers at Yale were Thomas Murray (organ) and Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation), and he was a recipient of both a full-tuition scholarship and the Robert Baker Award. In 2010, he received the Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was a full-tuition scholarship student of Alan Morrison.
Joshua has performed numerous recitals across the country, including at such notable venues as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Princeton University Chapel, Ocean Grove Auditorium, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Ursinus College, and Chautauqua Institution. Joshua has also served as an Assistant Organist at the world’s largest organ, the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia. Additionally, he has been a featured performer on the nationally syndicated radio show, Pipedreams, and WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. As a collaborative musician, Joshua has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and the Buxtehude Consort.
A native of Jamestown, NY, Joshua began piano studies at the age of six. His interest in the organ was sparked at a Pipe Organ Excursion held by the Chautauqua, NY chapter of the American Guild of Organists that he attended at the age of ten. Joshua’s previous teachers include Jared Jacobsen and James Bigham. Former positions include Fellow in Music at St. Paul's, K Street, Washington, DC, Associate Director of Music at St. John the Beloved in McLean, VA, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Church, Stamford, CT, and Assistant Organist at St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia.
Youth Group Director Danielle Williams is a native of East Orange, New Jersey. She graduated in 2012 from Lincoln University of PA, where she received her BS degree in Religion and Sociology. Wanting to further her education as she explored her options in ministry, Danielle went on to obtain her Masters. She is currently a full time student at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison studying for her Masters of Divinity.
Always having a passion for youth, Danielle is heavily involved with the youth of her community. She holds workshops, speaks at graduations, presents at career days, and often times just goes into her middle and high school to sit in classrooms and talk to the students about different issues. Danielle has served in ministry in many capacities; as an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church, Chaplain’s Assistant, Women’s Ministry Coordinator and Prayer Ministry leader. She has recently started to work with a young women's group on the campus of Drew with the undergraduate students.