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 Smith 
Elder, Clerk of Consistory,
Elder Clerk

Melissa became a member of the BRC family in 2013 and regularly attends the 10:30 service. She loves being a member of the worship team along with her husband Adam, and also enjoys leading a monthly small group. She also has a great time volunteering for Vacation Bible School every summer. Melissa is a pharmacist at Hillcrest Hospital, and she and Adam live in Northfield. Melissa and Adam deeply appreciate the family atmosphere of BRC and the church’s fierce commitment to spreading the gospel message and love of Jesus Christ.


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.



Jaime Coyne
Elder, Sacraments

 Jaime who was raised in Brunswick, returned to Brunswick Reformed Church after moving back to Medina county.  Jaime has served on the Next Steps Committee and Renewal Continuation Board and currently serves on the Hospitality team.  Jaime enjoys the fellowship and learning activities offered by the church to strengthen and grow our relationships with one another other and Christ.

Patty Carroll
Elder, Classis Delegate

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, Vice President/
Head Elder

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, Deacon of Building

 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.



Mike Schreiner
Deacon, Deacon of Outreach

Mike has been a member of BRC with his family for five years. He and Rebekah have been married for 10 years and have two children: Hannah and Collin. He has been a member of the tech team for a few years working both screens and sound and also volunteers for VBS. Mike is an IT Program Manager at Ridge Tool in Elyria. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games of any kind (board, video, tabletop). 

Gail Bindel
Deacon, Deacon of

Gail has been a BRC member for six years and attends the 9:00am service. She has served as a greeter; and is a member of the safety team and bell choir. She volunteers for Vacation Bible School and enjoys weekly small group studies. Gail is retired and enjoys gardening, bowling, and roller skating. She is a mother to three sons and a grandmother to three grandsons.

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.