Reverend Melissa has served as the Rector of St. James in Montclair since 2014. She became a priest in 2003 after a long career in Nursing Administration that included positions at NYU, Lenox Hill, United Children’s Hospital and Newark Beth Israel. She is a graduate of NYU and the Union Theological Seminary. Over the years her ministries have included Assistant Rector at All Saints Hoboken and the Assistant Rector and Interim Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. At the conclusion of her interim she spent three years at Saint Peter’s in Morristown as the Assistant Rector. The focus of her ministry is to welcome all to God’s church, and to assist her congregation in making real the love of God for the community outside the church doors, by caring for all without qualification.