Rev. Dr. Brad Motta earned his Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School in 1980. He spent many years in ministry before returning to school for his doctorate. In 2006, he earned his doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling with an emphasis in multicultural/multiracial congregations.
In his previous pastoral experience, he served at Mount Fern United Methodist Church in Randolph, NJ; Trinity United Methodist Church in Ewing, NJ; Morristown United Methodist Church; and Pearl River United Methodist Church. He also worked as Executive Minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. In addition to his pastoral roles, Pastor Brad has served as the Manager of Leader and Teacher Development for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville; as president of the Christian Educators Fellowship Board of Directors; and as the international trainer for Disciple Bible Study.
Pastor Brad has a unique passion for creating experiences in which people can grow in faith, fellowship, and understanding of each other. “Everything we do,” he says, “teaches us something, even if we do not know it.”
Rev. Brenda Wheeler Ehlers came to full-time ministry after a 15-year career in marketing and public relations. Her background in working with non-profit and for-profit organizations on the cutting edge of education reform has helped fuel her passion for bringing the best practices and pedagogy in secular education into religious education.
To pursue this work more fully in the church, Rev. Ehlers answered her call to ordained ministry and returned to Drew University for her theological education, where she received her undergraduate degree. She also has her Master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University.
Rev. Ehlers began serving as Morrow Church’s Director of Educational Ministries in 2003, which has allowed her to join her desire for the highest-quality religious education with her burning desire to help people live out their faith. She was appointed as Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Education Ministries in 2006.
At Morrow Church, Rev. Ehlers supports the youth ministry and education programs that immerse adults, children, and youth in a faith built on service, learning, worship, and spiritual practices.
A lover of stories, Rev. Ehlers is currently pursuing her doctorate in narrative theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. She firmly believes that when we share the stories of who we are and whose we are, we come closer to each other and closer to becoming the body of Christ.
Rev. Ehlers lives in Maplewood with her husband, Bill, and their three children. She loves attending the musical performances, sports events, and other special moments of her children – all 200 of them – who are part of Morrow Church.
Visit Rev. Ehler’s blog, Strength for the Journey, for interactive children’s devotions and other family ministry activities.
Dr. Holland Jancaitis joined Morrow Church in September of 2010. He holds the DMA and MM degrees in choral conducting from Yale University and a BFA in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Holland is also an accomplished musical director for the theatre, currently serving as the Music Director in Residence of interACT Theatre Productions of South Orange. At Morrow, his broad range of musical tastes and skills help to create a unique, vibrant worship experience.
Kenny has gained valuable maintenance skills through his background working in a diverse range of jobs. Yet it was his burgeoning interest and skill in gardening that first brought him to Morrow Church in 2002. Since then, his responsibilities have grown to include full maintenance of our building and grounds.
Kenny lives in South Orange with his daughter, Rica, a senior majoring in biology at Bloomfield College.