Lead Pastor Ernie Rivera
Pastor Ernie has been involved in church ministry since 2006. He served in various leadership capacities, within youth and young adult ministries. In 2019, Pastor Ernie became the Lead Pastor at MCC after serving for six years a staff Associate Pastor.
Pastor Ernie received a B.A. in Criminal Justice, has an M.A. in Human Services Counseling and is currently in the process of obtaining his Master's of Divinity. His passion is demonstrating the grace God has given him to the people he comes in contact with. His calling is to be a catalyst, an agent of change, in the lives of people. Pastor Ernie previously worked with young people as a case manager for behaviorally and emotionally challenged youth, as well as with immigrant and refugee families.
Pastor Ernie is married to the love of his life, Pilar. They reside in Bloomfield with their sons, Isaiah and Joshua serve together in various aspects of ministry
Associate Pastor Lee Grzywinski
Pastor Lee has been in ministry since 2006. He has served as a Worship Leader, Youth Pastor, Bible Study Leader, and Senior Pastor. He holds a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Bethany Bible College and is currently earning his M.Div. from Reformed Baptist Seminary.
Lee joined MCC in 2017, and God has confirmed at every turn that it was His will. He lives in Nutley with his wife Jenine, and their three daughters Olivia, Isabella, and Emma.
Founding Pastor Edward Banghart
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 has set the tone for our church and keep people coming out.
His wife Janet and their four children — Patti, Nancy, Lori, and Steven — are among his greatest contribution to the church.
Associate Pastor of Youth Eric Temple
Since Eric was 5 years old he has been attending Montclair Community Church. During high school, God made it clear to him that he wanted me to work with youth. Eric has spent many summers working at Camp Orchard Hill and other youth ministries where God has made it even clearer that he wanted Eric in youth ministry. This calling led him to attend Cairn University where he has recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Youth and Family Ministry and a Masters in Counseling. When Eric graduated he was glad to see that God was calling him back to serve at MCC!
A love for Jesus, passion for serving, and diverse professional background of teaching, marketing and Montessori administration make Elaine an integral part of MCC. As office manager, she gladly serves the Lord wearing many hats in ministry, administration and finance.
Elaine is blessed with her husband, John, and their blended family with four young adults, Erica, Joseph, Matthew and Jack. Elaine & John serve together as usher and greeter, and on MCC’s Finance Committee. They can be found at MCC on Sunday mornings for Foundations Bible study, Worship Service and at many ministry events. Elaine is often heard saying (and posting,) “I love my church!”
Ernesto presently serves as our Facilities Director at Montclair Community Church. Ernesto has served in church ministry for over 20 years in various capacities.
Presently, Ernesto is using his experience in building maintenance and repair as MCC's volunteer facilities director.
Ernesto is married to the love of his life, Nancy. They have two adult children, Pastor Ernie and Emily Rose, and a grandson, Isaiah.
As a pastor's wife, Janet is actively involved in many church ministries. She also serves on staff as the administrative assistant to our Lead Pastor. Her gracious manner and infectious laughter make her a pleasure to work with, and a welcome addition to our church staff.
Janet also heads up the First Look ministry for preschoolers and teaches the pre-k class. Her servant's heart is evident in all she does.