Loving People; Serving God
Rev. Christopher Heitkamp (Pastor Chris) joined the staff as Senior Pastor in October 2017. He brings with him a passion for helping churches rediscover their purpose and ministry in a community. Being a resident of Central Jersey for nearly 30 years, he is familiar with the community, the people, and the interests of our region. His style of being a little more relaxed and speaking to what is important in our lives makes his messages something worth your listening.
Pastor Chris graduated with an MDiv from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Reformed Church in America. He has an Bachelor in Science degree in elementary education from The College of NJ (although he says he graduated Trenton State College) and taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for 16 years before returning back to school.
Pastor Chris and his wife, Amy, have three sons. Their oldest son, Dan, is a youth group leader with his wife Emily. Their middle son, Nick, is a member of the Air National Guard while attending NJIT, and their youngest, Joe, is currently serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
Pastor Chris originates from Michigan explaining his love of Michigan Wolverine football, Detroit Red Wings hockey, and his particular love for Detroit Tiger baseball. He also enjoys reading, running 5k and Spartan races.
Sandi Zimmermann has been the Choir Director at Harlingen Church for about 20 years. Sandi has been musical directing, accompanying, and playing piano for school choirs for more than 40 years. She lives in Hillsborough with her husband John. They have one son who lives in Tennessee with his wife and 3 daughters. They will be joining them next summer in retirement.
Rich Kocsis is the church sexton and provides regular weekly maintenance of the sanctuary and the church house, a role he has held at Harlingen Church for over 6 years. Rich, his wife Barb, daughter Emma and two step daughters, Jen and Kim have been residents of Belle Mead since 2004. Rich has been a local volunteer firefighter in Montgomery Township for over 12 years. He was Rookie of the Year in 2006, Firefighter of the Year in 2014 and was Top Responder for 8 consecutive years from 2007-2014 while at Station 45 in Belle Mead. He also joined the Rocky Hill Hook & Ladder Company back in 2010. He has held the rank of Captain at Station 53 since 2012. He enjoys sports, most particularly the NY Yankees, NJ Devils and the Florida Gators. Rich is an automobile enthusiast and he enjoys modifying and driving his 1955 Chevrolet BelAir, his 2002 BMW M3 and his 2016 Toyota Tundra. He is currently the office manager at Green Valley Lawn & Landscapes and also provides bookkeeping services to other local business. Rich previously owned and ran a successful sports photography business for 10 years after years of employment stents at Prudential Financial, Derivatives Portfolio Management and Merrill Lynch. Rich received a BA in Management from Stockton University in 1991.
Mrs. Regina Koebele-Demaree, a native of Germany, earned a Church Musician degree for professional organists and choir directors in Hamburg under the auspices of the Nordelbische Lutherische Landeskirche. As part of her double-major in Music and Education, she completed practice exams at the Musikhochschule Hamburg (Music Conservatory) in church organ, piano, conducting, and voice. Regina has been working as organist in the music ministry of Harlingen Reformed church since 2010.
She is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). During the week, Regina works as a World Language high school teacher at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. With her family, Regina calls Hopewell, NJ, her home. When asked about Harlingen Reformed Church: “The congregation members are my extended family. I feel honored and privileged to serve in Harlingen’s rich music ministry.” To contact Regina Koebele-Demaree please call: (908) 359-3556
Joseph McLean has been the High School Youth Group leader at HRC for the last decade. He is currently a Middle School Tech Ed teacher in the Hillsborough Public schools, teaches woodworking camps and builds furniture during the summer months. He brings a passion for seeking wisdom through the teachings of Christ and a joyful approach to his Youth Group gatherings. He and his wife, Rebecca, have three children and live in nearby Griggstown. He came to the Reformed Church fifteen years ago when the Griggstown Reformed Church needed a pianist to play music for their Easter service, which led to both he and Rebecca playing music for he GRC. That led to them starting a contemporary service there with the pastor and his wife.
Joseph loves the opportunity to play childish games and to have meaningful discussions with the Youth Group. He strives to answer a few crucial questions with the kids: Who Is God? Who am I? What is my place in the world? What is my place in God's Plan? The time around lessons is filled with fun active games, discussions and field trips to go Sailing or to Princeton.
Kelle Macioce has been serving in the church office since 2005. She has a background in accounting and worked and volunteered in various business positions before coming to Harlingen. Kelle and her husband, John, live in Belle Mead. Their son and his wife reside in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. She enjoys reading cookbooks, traveling and serving others.