Who Are We?

We are staff and members who come from all walks of life. 

We have a love for Jesus and are committed to helping people connect to Christ.

Our Team

  • Pastor Matt Peeples

    Pastor Matt, as he likes to be called, is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 2009. He began training in church planting immediately after seminary. This culminated in the launch of The Point church in August, 2010. Pastor Matt enjoys speaking on the topics of outreach, social media & ministry, and preaching about the unchanging gospel to an ever-changing culture in the Digital Age.

    Pastor Matt loves spending time with his family. One of Matt’s greatest joys is getting to have spiritual conversations with people outside the church while doing any of the activities he loves. He says it is the joy of bringing the church to people before they ever walk in the front door. His Bible life verse is Ephesians 2: 8-10.

    Pastor Matt and his wife Liza are excited to be a part of the Bethlehem church family, and church planting in the New Jersey district. “Bethlehem has a long history of outreach to the community. and I am humbled to be a part of Bethlehem's next season, as we move forward together to see people connecting to Christ.”

  • Susan Cinquegrana, NJ District Lay Minister

    Susan Cinquegrana grew up in New York City and has lived in New Jersey since she was 11 years old. Thanks to neighbors who took her to church when she was 3 years old, Susan has been a life-long Lutheran. She celebrated her confirmation at Zion Lutheran in Maywood, NJ and has been a member of Zion Lutheran in Westwood and Holy Cross Lutheran in Mahwah.

    Always involved in the life of her church, Susan has volunteered in teaching Sunday school, youth and mission ministry. She became a member of Bethlehem in 1987 and was commissioned as a district lay minister in January, 2012. She now serves Bethlehem in leading women's ministry, senior adult ministry and is the liaison to our early learning center. Susan serves in other capacities, assisting Pastor Matt as needed.

    Susan has a degree in accounting and holds a NJ Real Estate Broker's license. She has experience in professional fundraising for the Bergen County school system.

    Her hobbies include writing, reading, sewing and crafts. She and Larry have five children and nine grandchildren. They love to travel where there are beaches and they can snorkel and scuba dive.

    Susan’s favorite Bible verse is 1 John 4:9-10, "God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love---not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."

  • Patty Criscenzo, Faith Community Nurse

    Patty Criscenzo is the Faith Community Nurse for Bethlehem Lutheran . Patty’s faith community nursing role includes health education, health resource, visitation, and coordinating volunteers to serve in these roles. She promotes whole person health and connecting body, mind, and spirit with those she serves.

    She is a graduate of Seton Hall University College of Nursing and has worked in labor and delivery at Valley Hospital as well as a home health care worker. She also has completed the parish nurse program at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. In addition to being on staff at Bethlehem, Patty is a vocalist in Bethlehem’s Praise Band, a contemporary worship group. She also is involved in the Women’s Ministry Group and small group Bible Studies.

    Patty and her husband, Matt, have been married for many years and have 2 adult children. Patty loves to travel and always has a trip on the horizon! Her favorite places of travel include Wailea, Hawaii and Italy.

    Patty’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

  • Beth Hasbrouck Director, Bethlehem Early Learning Center

    Beth Hasbrouck was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. She attended West Virginia University and became a pre-school teacher and a teacher with students with special needs. 

    Beth is married to Kris and they have 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

    Beth has been the director of the Bethlehem Early Learning Center since 2002. Beth loves teaching preschool children and sharing the love of Jesus with them.

    Her favorite scripture verse is Matthew 10:14, “Come to me and do not hinder the children, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

  • Diane Mitchell, Minister of Music

    Diane Berkoben Mitchell came to Bethlehem Lutheran in 2001 as the Minister of Music. She began his musical career in local clubs, the Sheraton chain and the Grand Ole Opry, with many steps in between. Her early training was a classical pianist. After an accident caused her to lose the full mobility of two fingers, God opened the door to singing and songwriting in the contemporary music field, as well as in teaching music.

    Diane studied music at Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked for several publishing companies and ad agencies in New York and Nashville as a writer, jinglist, studio musician and back-up vocalist. Diane has performed her original Christian music at testimonial concerts throughout the United States.

    Diane lives in Westwood with her husband, Russell, and sons Billy Ray and Jackson Lee and Angel, the Wonder Dog.

    Diane has many Bible verses she loves but the one that brings a smile to her face is Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him."

    Diane has several hymns of praise that melt her heart; they are "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand", "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "It is Well".



  • John Davis, Director of Christian Education Intern

    John is a born and raised Texan from Katy, TX. He graduated with a Bachelors in Religious Education from Concordia University in Austin,Texas in 2017. He is very excited about working with the Youth at Bethlehem and in the community around. In his free time he loves to watch sports, mainly his hometown teams from Texas, and play a round of disc golf or two. John loves to hang out with his fiancé Sarah and can’t wait to start their lives together in Ridgewood in May of 2018. He is very passionate about music and playing and leading worship with his brothers and sisters in Christ. His favorite bible verse is John 14:12-13, which speaks about the wonders that we can do as followers of Jesus not because of our own power, but through the power and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. He looks forward to helping in the mission of “Connecting people to Christ” here in Ridgewood and beyond.

  • Rebecca Koehler, Communications Coordinator Intern

    As the Communications Coordinator at Bethlehem, Rebecca enjoys her work with the members of the congregation and being a part of their mission: "Connecting People to Christ.” Her Favorite Bible Verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth” 

Bethlehem Early Learning Center


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