Rev. Kate Ekrem
Kate came to Redeemer as Priest-in-Charge in 2009, and became Rector in 2012. She had previously served as seminarian at Church of the Heavenly Rest, NYC, assistant rector at St. Barnabas in Irvington, NY, and as Rector of Grace Church in Norwood, MA for seven years. Before seminary, she worked in book publishing in New York City. Kate has an M.Div from General Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Williams College. Kate is married to Dave Ekrem, who is the web manager for Mass General Hospital for Children. They have three children: Peter (20), Tom (18), and Lucy (14).
Dr. Bernadette Colley
Dr. Bernadette Colley has directed church music and taught music for over 30 years. Prior to her arrival at Church of Our Redeemer in February 2011, she was Director of Music and Worship Arts at the Pleasant Street Congregational Church in Arlington. There, her ministry was known for its diversity of musical styles and genres from Palestrina to Dixieland, and was enhanced by guest musicians ranging from the Renaissonics to the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. She founded and coordinated Pleasant Street Choral Concerts with support from Massachusetts Arts Lottery grants, and led worship services including major works by Bach, Buxtehude, Charpentier, Purcell, Ramirez, Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Handel, and others.
As guest conductor of the Nashoba Valley Chorale for its 25th anniversary season, Ms. Colley led an orchestral-choral performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C, and from 1986-96 was the guitarist for the Scandinavian vocal ensemble Stambandet. From 2009-2011, she was advisor to Matimba ya Ripfumelo, a New England based South African humanitarian-service vocal ensemble which presented concerts throughout New England to raise money for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. At the Church of Our Redeemer, Dr. Colley directs the Redeemer Choir and Atrium Singers, incorporates a wide range of instrumental and vocal talents of its members into weekly services, researches and plans music for unique Special Sunday Services, and oversees all aspects of administering and providing a diverse and high-quality music program for Redeemer’s Sunday morning worship.
Peggy joined the Redeemer staff in September 2018. She has about 30 years of professional administrative experience in both corporate 500 companies and small businesses. Additionally, Peggy is a certified wellness coach and Faith & Health Ambassador. She is a member of Community Congregational Church in Billerica where she serves on the Senior Leadership Team, interim church administrator, and women’s ministry coordinator.
Roberta Van Derkeyl
Roberta joined the Redeemer staff as a part-time bookkeeper in March 2019. She recently retired from Hanscom Air Force Base after a 34-year career as a financial analyst. She lives in Watertown, MA and has a 28-year-old daughter, Jacqueline. She attends the Armenian Memorial Church in Watertown, MA where she is currently serving as co-chair of the Board of Trustees.
Roy has been the sexton and handyman at Church of Our Redeemer since 2010.