Brunswick Reformed Church

where the love of Jesus is transforming lives


The Consistory is the governing body in churches of the Reformed Church in America, consisting of the Elders, Deacons and Pastors.  Elders give spiritual oversight to the church, while Deacons have responsibilities for ministries of compassion and financial oversight. Together with the Pastors as non-voting members of consistory, they give oversight to BRC’s future.  Elders and Deacons serve for a three year term.

Melissa Raich 
Elder, Clerk of Consistory

Melissa attends the 10:30 service. She is involved in the worship team, she is the weekend director for the current women's renewal team, and was on the planning team for the Women's Day of Hope. Melissa's faith has grown and been lived out after the death of her husband Ryan, and she has been open and honest about her pain and God's grace in the midst of that.


Vince Taddeo
Elder, Sacraments

Vince is a longtime member of BRC, a faithful attendee of 10:30 worship and prayer nights.  He and his wife Ginger are currently leading a marriage class on Wednesday nights.  Vince and Ginger have 2 sons Anthony and Vinny, and Vince runs his own concrete business.  Vince has been an elder before.



Rick Meyer
Elder, Vice President of Consistory, Elder Clerk

Rick lives in North Royalton with his wife Sharon. They have two grown sons, Brian and Stephen. He is the Engineering Manager at Kennametal Inc. in Solon.  Rick was raised in the  Catholic Church. He and Sharon attended Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church and Cuyahoga Valley Church prior to coming to BRC in 2013.  Rick has participated in the Wednesday Connections, Sunday Bible Study Classes, the Adult Mission Trip, Transition Team and Hospitality Team.

Patty Carroll
Elder, Sacraments

Patty is a longtime member of BRC, a faithful attendee in both worship and 9am Sunday School and prayer nights.  She serves on the Hospitality team and has helped out at soup nights and at Santa’s Workshop. She and her husband Phil live in Brunswick, and have 1 son, Pastor Jay.  Patty works as a teacher’s aide to
pre-school children at Medina Christian Academy.



Steve Zapotechne
Elder, Classis Delegate

Steve attends mostly the 9:00 service with his wife Margaret.  Steve has served as an elder in the past, and is currently involved in a ministry at Cornerstone of Hope in Independence which is a grief counseling center where he and Margaret meet with family members of suicide, murder and accidental overdose.  Steve also last year was involved in the 9:00 Sunday school and the Wednesday night sermon based small group. 

Jim Niedermyer
Deacon, Exterior/ Property

 Jim, originally from Cleveland, has lived in Brunswick for the last ten years with his wife, Sheri, and son, Aaron. Jim attends 9:00 Sunday School and the 10:30 service when he is not serving in the sound booth. Jim retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of submarine service. He now works for Temperature Control Maintenance in Hinckley, and enjoys fishing as much as possible.  

Donna Cook
Deacon, Deacon Clerk, Deacon of Finances

Donna has been a member of BRC for most of her life and is a faithful attendee of 10:30 worship and the 9:00am Sunday School.  She is the point person for the hospitality ministry and has been a Kid’s Hope USA mentor for years.  She is also on the leadership team for GFF. Donna and her husband John live in Brunswick with their daughter Maddie, and Donna works as a substitute teacher for the Brunswick schools after she retired from her career at the Ohio Turnpike.



Brian Coyne
Deacon, Deacon of Building
Brian grew up attending Catholic church and school in New Hampshire. His contribution ranged from being an alter boy to running various events during VBS. Religion slipped away during the college and young professional eras. But was reintroduced thanks to Jaime, the entire Shuster family and both Bay Presbyterian and Brunswick Reformed churches.

Professionally Brian has been working for PNC bank since 2010. His roles have all included helping the bank with big data, reporting and predictive analytics. He has managed multiple systems and 45 people on his team spread nationally and internationally. Previously Brian worked in a similar capacity for Henkel (an international chemical company) managing national and international teams and systems.

At BRC, Brian started volunteering a few years ago to help in the tech room running sound and helping improve the equipment. Additionally, Brian and Jaime help run the BRC-U college ministry helping keep Christ at the forefront during the formative college years. This has been a "teacher becomes student" moment for Brian in his journey for a relationship with Christ. In addition, it has helped bring Christ deeper into the Coyne family.

Pete Nixon
Deacon, Chair of Deacons
Deacon of Outreach

Pete lives in Columbia Station with Andrea, his wife of 14 years, and daughter, Audrey, age 8.  He works as a Residential Realtor for Coldwell Banker.  Pete was raised Catholic and Mormon (he says it’s a long story-ask him). They began attending BRC in the Fall of 2011 at the invitation of the Gentile's. Pete has been the Head of Security for VBS and helped on numerous church improvements and repairs. He is also an active member of Strongsville Rotary Club.

Marvin Rogers
Deacon, Deacon of Care

Marvin, originally from Akron, has resided with his family in Brunswick Hills for 23 years. He and his wife Susan have been married  for 32 years. They have two children, Jon age 29 and Kaleigh, age 27.  Marvin works for Progressive Insurance and Susan is a registered nurse. When not working  they enjoy spending time with family and friends. 
Marvin plays bass for the worship band and he and Susan joined the church earlier this year after attending for 5 years.