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The Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone Chosen New Senior Minister of The Reformed Church of Bronxville PDF Print Email


By Sam Clover, Associate Minister, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Oct. 24, 2018:  After a lengthy search following the retirement of The Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Ruge in August of 2016, The Reformed Church of Bronxville has called The Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone to be the church’s 21st senior minister. The call was formally announced in an October 1 letter to the congregation from The Rev. Samuel T. Clover, an associate minister who had been acting as president of the consistory until the new senior minister arrived, and Bill Hertlein, vice president of the consistory.

In making the announcement, Clover and Hertlein stated, “Dr. Waterstone impressed the nominating committee with his perceptive, wise, and engaging sermons, which are scripturally based but timelessly appropriate and delivered with freshness and vigor.” In an accompanying letter, chair of the senior minister of the nominating committee, Paul Muir, stated, “His preaching is Christ-centered, biblical, compelling, inspiring, and relevant for today. . . . His deep connection and sincere pastoral care for his congregation is palpable and interwoven into his preaching, which makes his message even more genuine and personal to the listener.”

Dr. Waterstone, his wife of 11 years, Sarah, and children Willem, 7, and Bram, 4, moved to the village last week. He began preaching this Sunday, October 21, at all three Sunday services—8:30 am, 10:30 am,  and 5:00 pm—and he will be formally installed on Sunday, November 11, at 3:00 pm.

For the last ten years, Dr. Waterstone, 35, served as senior minister of the First Reformed Church in South Holland, IL, a suburb of Chicago. During his tenure, the church’s membership more than doubled, and he oversaw a staff of nine. From 2013, he also served as chaplain to the South Holland Fire Department and an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Christian College in neighboring Palos Heights, IL. He is the author of the book Dear Church: Letters to My First Church, as well as many articles, blogs, and podcasts.

Ordained in the Reformed Church in America and a native of Holland, MI, Dr. Waterstone graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hope College and holds master of divinity and doctorate of ministry degrees from Western Theological Seminary. On a denominational level, he is a member of the Commission on Race & Ethnicity and served on the search committee for the General Secretary of the RCA, who was installed this past summer. Dr. Waterstone is also an accomplished athlete, having qualified for the Boston Marathon and completed an Ironman race.

For more information, contact The Rev. Samuel T. Clover at 914-337-6776, or  CLOAKING . The church website is

Pictured here: The Rev. D. Matthew Waterstone.

Photo courtesy Sam Clover, Associate Minister, The Reformed Church of Bronxville 

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Christ Church Bronxville

Christ Church Bronxville, or "CCBNY" as it's known in the community, is the village's Episcopal church, whose beginnings date back to 1898. The current church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1926 and was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who also designed St. Bartholomew's in New York City and the Chapel at West Point.

CCBNY offers a wide array of programs to its parishioners, who live throughout southern Westchester. The acclaimed music program boasts five choirs; international outreach efforts to Cuba; and education and service programs for family members of all ages. CCBNY is also home to the renowned children's music program Young at Arts (, and Eliza Corwin Frost (, a nursery school for children ages 1 to 5.

Our services are as follows:
8:00AM Rite I Spoken Eucharist
10:00AM Family Choral Eucharist
5:00PM Informal Eucharist

"No matter where you are on your spiritual journey there is a home for you at Christ Church. Our worship, music, education and outreach challenge us to embrace holiness and fearlessly share Christ's love."

The Rev. Michael A. Bird, Rector
17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church was organized in 1854. Its mission is “to reach out as a caring and Christ centered Church to people of all culture and races, helping them to know God and find fellowship with each other through Jesus Christ to the glory of God.”

407 New Rochelle Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Reformed Church of Bronxville

The Reformed Church of Bronxville is the community church in the heart of the village. We welcome people of all faiths and persuasions to be a part of our church family. We have exciting programs to meet your interests including music and the arts, service and outreach, children's ministry and a wonderful Nursery School.

Starting Sept. 7th, we have three Sunday services held at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm. A Fellowship Coffee Hour is offered after the 10:30 am service. Childcare is available during our 10:30 am service along with Church School classes for children from 2 years old through the 8th grade.

The Reformed Church
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

St. Joseph’s Church

St. Joseph Church, which opened its doors in 1925, is the Catholic Church in Bronxville. It offers services on Saturday, Sunday, weekdays and Holy Days. It offers a religious education program for K - 8th grade which takes place on Wednesday during the school year. It also offers a myriad of opportunities for parishioners to meet, share ideas and experiences and help others. The St. Joseph’s School offers classes for K – 8th grade.

15 Cedar Street
Bronxville, New York 10708

Village Lutheran Church

The Village Lutheran Church “is a ministry of word and sacraments. This ministry gives opportunities for witness, nurture, fellowship, stewardship and service.” The Chapel School, which goes from pre-school three-year olds through 8th grade, is an integral part of the Church’s ministry for children.

172 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

West Center Congregational Church

West Center Congregational Church is a member of The United Church of Christ. It welcomes “all who seek to find, know and serve the living God better in all they are and do.”

101 Pondfield Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708

Sinai Free Synagogue

Sinai Free Synagogue is Westchester`s "newest" Reform congregation but its roots go back almost 100 years. Formed in 1999 by a merger of Mount Vernon`s Sinai Temple (founded in 1906 and the first Reform congregation in Westchester County) and the Free Synagogue of Westchester (founded in 1927), the 250-member congregation has a long, distinguished history.

Please check the Calendar for dates and times.

550 North Columbus Avenue

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