Rev. Al Bunis, Interim Senior Minister
Al Bunis, ordained as a Minister in the United Church of Christ, is Interim Senior Minister following three years as Assistant Minister at Plymouth Church.
Al (along with his family—wife Lynn, son Gregory and daughter Alison) has been part of the Plymouth community as a member since 1998. His ordination and career in Ministry are the culmination of a long journey of transition from a business career on Wall Street. Leading the congregation in worship and ministry activities, he will be guiding Plymouth during its transitional time as the church searches for a new Settled Senior Minister.
Al is a graduate of Harvard University, with a degree in Economics. He earned his Master of Divinity at New York Theological Seminary.
About his Plymouth experience, Al says, “Plymouth has been such a blessing for me and my family. It was at Plymouth that I began to in earnest explore and head down a path of growing my faith. It has been a path that ultimately led me to where I am today."
Bruce Oelschlager, Minister of Music
Bruce Oelschlager has an extensive background in choral conducting, which he studied with Kenneth Jennings at St. Olaf College. In Austria he studied with Frederick Gillespie, director of the Vienna Boys Choir. He has conducted choirs of all ages throughout his career and has directed youth musicals in several of the churches he has served. His work with youth choirs provides choristers with a solid foundation for choral singing when they reach adulthood. His adult choirs regularly perform oratorios and choral masterpieces.
Besides his expertise in choral conducting, Bruce Oelschlager is an accomplished concert organist who has performed throughout the U.S.
Julia Rassmann, Director of Ministry to Families and Children
After over a decade in the corporate world, Julia decided to return to her first love: teaching children. Her introduction to Plymouth Church came as a Vacation Bible Camp parent, and she worked as a substitute teacher at Plymouth Church School. Julia then spent three years teaching kindergarten at Little Red School House in Manhattan.
Born in Germany, Julia grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Manhattan, and returned to Brooklyn Heights about ten years ago to raise her daughter, Emily. She has a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an M.A. in Education from New York University.
Rachael Huntley, Seminary Intern
Rachael Huntley, a Master of Divinity student at New York Theological Seminary, is serving as Plymouth's 2013–2014 Seminary Intern, leading the Youth Group ministry and Confirmation Class.
Rachael moved to New York two years ago from Houston, Texas. With a degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M, she worked in education for over ten years as a private and classroom tutor for junior high and high school students. She also operated her own test-prep tutoring company in Texas.
Rachael now lives in Manhattan with her husband and two young daughters.