Church Staff

Edward Banghart
Senior Pastor

Ed is the founding pastor of Montclair Community Church. His insightful teaching and visionary leadership have set the course for our church, and keep us on track. But it’s his caring heart and gracious spirit that have set the tone for our church and keep people coming out.

His wife Janet and their four children — Patti, Nancy, Lori and Steven — are perhaps his greatest contribution to the church.


Larry Felder
Worship Pastor

Larry is a gifted worship leader who had traveled internationally and led worship at congregations of all sizes. With his talented wife, Marissa, Larry bring boundless enthusiasm and a passion for praising the name of Jesus to the platform.

Larry and Marissa have ministered at Hillsong Australia, at the 700 Club, and at such notable venues as Radio City, Lincoln Center and the Nassau Coliseum. They have sung back-grounds for Alvin Slaughter, Stevie Wonder, Ron Kenoly, Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans, and opened up for artists like Karen Clark Sheard and Vickie Winans. Their debut CD, From Night Till Dawn was released in 2000.

Larry has a passion for preaching and teaching the scriptures, particularly from a practical point of view, and has studied theology at Nyack College and is presently attending Liberty University, where he is pursuing a BS in Religion.


Ernie Rivera
Associate Pastor

Ernie has been involved in youth ministry as a student leader, youth leader, associate youth director, and currently as youth director. He loves working with youth in the church and being able to share the grace that God has given him with students. Ernie also has worked with young people as a case manager, where he served immigrant and refugee youth and families all along the east coast of the United States.

Ernie recently joined the church’s full time staff as Associate Pastor.

Ernie also loves all kinds of music and plays drums with the Worship band.


Michelle Graziano
Administrative Coordinator – Youth Ministries

After teaching middle school science for 11 years, Michelle became a stay at home mom. She has always loved working with kids.

Besides working with the youth ministry team, Michelle also sings on the MCC worship team.

Michelle’s son, Connor, is the light of her life.


Janet Banghart
Administrative Support Staff

As a pastor’s wife, Janet is actively involved in many of the ministries of the church. But she also serves on staff as the administrative assistant to the Senior Pastor. Her gracious manner and infectious laughter makes her a pleasure to work with, and a welcome addition to our church staff.
Janet also heads up the nursery ministry, teaches in KidsBreak!, and oversees a women’s Bible study. Her servant heart is evident in all she does.

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