OUR STAFF

  • Christine rulAND

    PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

    (Tuesdays and thursdays 10am to 3pm)

    Christine has been an integral part of Christ Church Middletown, serving as our Parish Administrator since 2001. Having retired from full-time status on May 1st, Christine now works Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. She meticulously plans, organizes, composes, materializes, edits and assists with the execution of many events held here at Christ Church. Her knowledge and experience is fundamental to the daily functions here at Christ Church! Christine will be more than happy to assist you in any way!

  • linda malanowski

    Parish secretary

    (Monday-Tuesday 10am-3PM, wednesday 10am-2pm, Friday 10am-3pm)

    Linda joined the Christ Church staff in late April. She works with Christine Ruland to provide communication and organizational support for the many ministries of Christ Church. 

  • THERESA BLACKBURN-TUTTLE

    DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S FORMATION

    I have been a member of Christ Church for nine years and a resident of Middletown for fourteen years. I am a Texan transplant – I grew up as a city girl “inside the loop” in Houston. I also studied history at Carleton College in Minnesota. During my junior year, I lived in San Jose, Costa Rica. After college, I lived and worked in New York for a decade. While working in a variety of different companies, from my first “real” job at Oxford University Press, to an advertising agency, to a union for doormen, to a dot.com where I did development and production work on web-sites like the historychannel.com site, I also studied graphic design at night at F.I.T. At Interactive 8, my dot.com company, I met my husband Chris, a born-and-bred Jersey boy, who hails from Franklin Township. We have been married fifteen years and have two daughters, fourteen-year old Amelia and ten-year old Lucy.

     

    At Christ Church, I served several years on vestry, working first as the Stewardship Chair and then as the Existing Membership Chair. Five years ago, I also started Christ Church’s Facebook page. I enjoyed chronicling the life of the parish through photos on our Facebook page, but was equally happy to turn that job over to the capable Michelle Cervone when she stepped into the Communications vestry chair this winter.

     

    As the Director of Children’s Formation, I very much enjoy leading the church school and working with our talented teachers, wonderful children, dedicated parents, and nurturing caregivers. Our church school offers an engaging mix of different curriculums. I especially love promoting and teaching our Godly Play curriculum, the program started by Jerome Berryman that is based on the Montessori method. As a child, I attended a Montessori style school for two years. I very much benefitted from this Montessori schooling experience and enjoy paying it forward to our church school children.


  • JOHN BALME                       &   CYNTHIA BALME

    DIRECTOR OF MUSIC/ORGANIST     Children's choir director

    JOHN BALME, Music Director/Organist

    Before entering the world of church music, John served as General Director of Boston Lyric Opera and the Lake George Opera Festival. As a pianist, he has accompanied international singing stars Carlo Bergonzi, Christina Deutekom, Nicolai Gedda, Jerome Hines and Deborah Voigt in concert among other singers. John is known for his producing and conducting of the complete Ring Cycle of Richard Wagner for Boston Lyric Opera in Boston and New York City in 1982 and 1983. John has guest conducted for opera companies in San Diego, Honolulu, Atlanta, Syracuse, Rochester NY, Fort Worth, among others. John was an associate conductor under the directorship of the legendary Sarah Caldwell in Boston. John has also taught at University of Texas, Austin, New England Conservatory and the University of Connecticut. John is also an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College where he teaches piano and The Creative Process.



    CYNTHIA BALME, Director of Children's Choir

    Cynthia has sung 12 leading Verdi soprano roles for companies ranging from Boston Lyric Opera to New York Grand Opera including her Carnegie Hall debut as Helene in Verdi’s Jerusalem. Other Verdi roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Desdemona (Otello), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Abigaille (Nabucco) and Aida. Among many other leading roles Cynthia has sung Tosca, Magda (La Rondine) Daphne, Helena (both by R. Strauss), Senta, Helmwige, Donna Anna, Leonore (Fidelio), the title roles in La Gioconda, Suor Angelica and Norma. After her operatic career, under the tutelage of world-renowned teacher Armen Boyajian, Cynthia has continued her study of vocal science and old-world singing techniques with internationally recognized expert David L. Jones who has endorsed her as a teacher promoting healthy singing. Cynthia is also an adjunct professor in music Brookdale Community College where she teaches the voice classes and directs the Brookdale Concordia Chorale. 


  • kristin  F. sparaco

    Parish BOOKKEEPER

    I have been a member of Christ Church for two years and have recently become the clerical accountant and bookkeeper.  Through this position, I’m looking forward to getting more involved with the church and meeting lots more of our church family.  Prior to this position, I worked in financial firms in Boston and New York.  My most recent corporate position was with Goldman Sachs as an Institutional Client Relationship Manager.  For the past twelve years, I have lived in Middletown, NJ with my husband and three children. I enjoy being active in my community and volunteering on a number of school committees. 


  • JORDAN SISOLAK

    SEXTON

    Jordan is responsible for the maintenance and surrounding grounds needs of both the main church and the historic church. He performs basic maintenance and repairs as well as assists with organizing the church, rooms and Ellwood Hall for use as needed.