Reverend Andrew J. S. Paton, Minister
Before joining the team at South in August of 2016, Drew served for five years as pastor of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, NY – an eclectic community of spiritual seekers with country roots and progressive values. Previously Drew worked for Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (NYC), Bridges to Community (Nicaragua), The Center for Human Options, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Interfaith Worker Justice, and The Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice (formerly, The Poverty Initiative).
Drew presently serves on the National Board of Directors of More Light Presbyterians and on the Committee on Representation for the Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast. Across many and diverse settings, Drew has been guided by a deep-seated belief in God’s special concern for historically marginalized and oppressed groups. Born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, Drew holds degrees from Hunter College and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Sarah Brockus, Choir Director
Sarah has a Bachelors of Music from the Shepherd School at Rice University and her Masters from the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music in vocal performance. In the first phase of her career she performed in small operas, regional theater, national television commercials, shows such as Law and Order and produced and directed Off-Off Broadway in NYC. As a current stage director and professional in Worship Arts, she enjoys integrating liturgy, multicultural performing arts groups, music and multimedia, creating production design, and coaching speakers for national religious events hosting from 250 to 8,000 attendees. She is thrilled to be back working in her first love as a choir director for South Church both for the children’s choir, girl’s group and adult choir. Her first choir directing position was that as the award-winning student conductor of her high school choir, so life has come full circle! She is most proud of her husband, Nick, and two miraculous daughters, Naomi and Anya.
Doug Epstein, Choir Director
For more than thirty years, Doug has been a professional producer, engineer, musician, educator, studio designer and consultant, composer and arranger, as well as an Apple Certified Support Professional.
In college and grad school, he studied Music Theory and Composition.
And, early on, became involved with the then nascent combination of technology and music.
Currently, Doug teaches music theory and music technology at the Horace Mann School.
He continues to study, learning from his many students, and, always, always by reading the manuals.
Residing in Dobbs Ferry, NY, he is the husband of Elizabeth Fabian and proud, proud father of Grace and George.
Linda Jo Platt, Director: Community Nursery School
Linda Jo Platt became the director of Community Nursery School in January 1981 after joining the staff in 1979. She graduated from Eckerd College (formerly Florida Presbyterian College) and received her MEd from University of Virginia where she met her husband Bruce.
After a stint as a social worker she taught public school in a variety of positions throughout the South. Bruce and Linda Jo moved to Dobbs Ferry in 1973 and joined South Church in 1974 when their children, Jennifer and Jonathan, were baptized here. Linda Jo is on the South Church Session, president of the Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children, and member of Springhurst Compact Committee, DF Schools District Finance Committee, and the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation.
Alexander Bui, Accompanist
Alex strives to “perform [his] best to bring out the music of the great composers and to connect with my audiences.” He has played with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and served as Accompanist at The Geneva School of Manhattan as well as numerous houses of worship around the New York Metropolitan area.
Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Piano from Manhattan School of Music, and is currently studying for his Masters degree in Classical Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Denise Stanley, Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Denise is a conscientious, qualitative, quantitative Professional whose career has afforded her over twenty years of diversified experience in Office Administrations, General Bookkeeping, Foreclosure Resolutions, and Real Estate Sales. She worked seventeen of those years with the Nestle Foods Corporation and most recently as Night Auditor with Marriott Hotel. She currently holds Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Associate Degree in Office Administration. Her commitment, work ethics and demonstrated abilities successfully led her to positions of increased responsibility throughout her career.
Denise believes that one of the secrets to success is the willingness to help other succeed. “Ideally, the more you help others, the more others will help you.” Currently, she works with her local church and serves on the ministry outreach team. It is her great privilege to give her time, money, support and service to the church’s endeavors, missions and foundations. Understanding the hardship of single parenting, Denise’s ultimate desire is the provide counseling, mentorship, housing and education for unwed teenage pregnant girls ages 14 to 21 years of age.
Denise Stanley, a native of Mobile Alabama, has resided in White Plains New York since 1981.