WHO WE ARE
Rev. Mark Bigelow serves as Pastor of our church. Mark oversees all the church programs while focusing on worship, pastoral care, outreach and programming for our youth. He particularly likes to preach and lead creative worship services that speak to the spiritual needs of our congregation. A native of Littleton, Colorado, Mark graduated from Columbine High School and then went to Doane College, in Crete, Nebraska, where he studied Philosophy and Religion. After college he attended Union Theological Seminary, in New York City, for his Masters of Divinity. In his first church position Mark served as Associate Pastor for Education and Youth at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Englewood, Colorado. Two primary areas of interest are interfaith dialogue, and religion and sexuality. Mark is a founding member of the Long Island Multi-Faith forum and is past chair of their education committee. He is a past board member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American where he has chaired their long-range planning committee. In addition to his work at our church, Mark is Pastoral Care Coordinator for VNS Hospice of Suffolk.
Mark is married to Ronnie Todaro and they have a five-year-old daughter, Allie. Mark also has two daughters, Anna and Mari, who have recently graduated from college. In his free time he likes to sail, cook, and read.
A diverse pianist/composer of great imagination, David Broome’s curiosity for music has led him to create new possibilities for the concert stage. His recitals have been appreciated in America and across Europe and he has been described in the New York Times as a “deft and focused performer,” as well as an artist who composes “juicily atmospheric music.” As a New York-based performer, David has presented a wide variety of genre-bending, unclassifiable music at such venues as Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, The 92nd St. Y, The Whitney Museum, The Stone, and Issue Project Room, among others. He also frequently collaborates with dancers, video artists, actors, and comedians in performance.
David has worked with a wide array of composers from the up and coming, to more established ones such as Beat Furrer, David Lang and Meredith Monk. He has recorded works by J.G. Thirlwell (now available on the Tzadik label), Reiko Futing and John Supko. Mr. Broome has also lectured on composition and music notation at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hartwick College, and Southern Wesleyan University.
David’s compositions have been presented by the MATA Festival, HI-Fi New Music, Red Light New Music, and the 92nd St. Y’s Fridays @ Noon. He has also received support from the Argosy Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, NYSCA, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Conner Foundation, and Meet the Composer. He has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Center, Harold Arts, the Seedlot Project, and the Rensing Center. David holds a Master’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music from Towson University where he studied with Phillip Kawin and Reynaldo Reyes.
As a church musician, David began playing at the church he grew up in, Fallston United Methodist, outside of Baltimore, MD. His first job as Director of Music was held at St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD. After moving to New York, he worked as the organist at St. John and St. Marys Catholic Church in Chappaqua, NY until his current appointment at The Congregational Church of Huntington.
In addition to all these musical endeavors, David also likes watching movies, making games out of mundane activities, and is an amateur potter.
Church School Director
Ron Ruditis has more than 20 years experience in education, communications, and multi-media. Now he brings his love of education and experience working with children of all ages to his role as Church School Director for the Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ.
“Religious education has always been an important part of my life, from earliest memories of my father teaching me ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ through my school years at St. Aidan’s elementary school and Chaminade High School, where religious education was as vital as math, english, and science,” Ron explains.
“On a personal note, one of the biggest deciding factors for me becoming a member of the Congregational Church of Huntington is when my wife and I saw the ‘time for children’ part of the service. We always knew we wanted to raise our child in a community of faith that was inclusive and gave everyone a role. Here, the children are engaged in such a meaningful–and fun–way. As Church School Director, I work closely with the Pastor and Children’s Ministry to continue to provide a safe, engaging learning environment for our children, rooted in our faith and our community.”
Ron lives with his wife and son in Greenlawn, NY, and previously served as a New York City Public School Teacher, as well as an Emmy Award-winning Television Producer, producing educational documentaries that celebrate diversity and the human experience.