Rev. Dr. Jeff Colarossi is our Pastor of Gardens Presbyterian Church.
A second-career pastor, which included six-year stint working for car dealerships as both a salesman (new and used) and finance manager, Pastor Jeff received his Master of Divinity
degree from the Gettysburg Seminary in 2008 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Louisville Seminary in 2020. He has served churches in numerous capacities for over twenty
years, beginning with youth ministry and Christian Education, moving on to ordered pastoral ministry prior following his ordination in 2009. Pastor Jeff was adopted when he was three months old, born in a Salvation Army hospital. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Pastor Jeff and his wife Jane have been married for 34 years, having met in college. Jeff is one of several members of his family who are, or were, ordained clergy and comes from a long line of Italian Presbyterians that date back to the early 1900’s when his immigrant maternal grandparents, formed their own church, begun by an Italian Presbyterian missionary by the name of Antonio Pastore! Pastor Jeff loves movies, anything from Alfred Hitchcock to Monty Python, Christopher Nolan to Mel Brooks, and is a big fan of the MCU. A reader by both choice and necessity, his favorite Christian authors are Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C. S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, and will read anything by Malcolm Gladwell, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien and Bill Bryson, as well as anything about the Civil War. His music tastes are eclectic and include anything from Aaron Copland, Miles Davis, Vince Guaraldi, and The Grateful Dead to Pat Metheny, Chris Stapleton, King Crimson and, yes, Jimmy Buffet. He enjoys going to the movies, cooking, collecting wine and good Kentucky bourbon.
Pastor Jeff believes that as those created by God we are to glorify God and enjoy God forever. He seeks, in his daily life, to serve the church with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. Fond of reminding us that “Christ is still risen,” his focus at Gardens will be—first and foremost—to get to know the congregation, and help them to continue to be the people that they have been created and called to be, as they move ever close to be the church that God is calling them to be—and the church that their community needs them to be: an authentic, nurturing community of faith where all are truly welcome; a place where discipleship is of primary importance, where spiritual growth/maturity and lifelong learning are encouraged as ways of deepening one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. He and Jane are thrilled to be here in Palm Beach Gardens!
Rev. Linda LeSourd Lader is our Parish Associate.
She is ordained in the Presbytery of Tropical Florida and served as temporary supply pastor to 2nd Presbyterian Church (The Sanctuary) in Ft. Lauderdale from February through August 2011. Before and after her time in Ft. Lauderdale, she served on the pastoral staff at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where she was most recently a Parish Associate. In 1981, together with her husband, Phil, she co-founded Renaissance Weekends, 5-day family retreats for leaders from all walks of life. They continue to host these retreats five times a year, now with their adult daughters, Mary-Catherine and Whitaker.
Cindy Woodrow is our Director of Family Ministries.
She has 24 years experience in public education, 15 years experience in youth and children’s ministry including 10 years as a Sunday School Director in Wisconsin. She is married, a mother of four and a grandmother of seven. Our vision for the children at Gardens Presbyterian Church is to provide a loving, fun, and secure environment in which a child will be encouraged to learn about God through Bible teachings, arts and crafts, music and drama.
Suzanne Galer, directs our Chancel Choir. The choir performs music in a variety of styles to include traditional, gospel, and contemporary. She also sings solos and serves as pianist and bell choir director. Singers and musicians of all styles, skills, and backgrounds are encouraged to contact Suzanne to share their talents in worship.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Suzanne is married to Brian Wert and her married name is Suzanne Galer-Wert. Brian works for the Florida Atlantic University library, and his home town is Marion, Indiana. They met while Suzanne was professor of voice and opera at Indiana Wesleyan University near Indianapolis. They reside in West Palm Beach and enjoy the beaches, art museums, reading, and attending operas and Broadway at the Kravis Center. Since most of their family reside in the Mid-West, they are happy to have a church family Palm Beach County.
Suzanne wears many hats since she is an adjunct professor of voice at Palm Beach State College and the Director of Bel Canto Studios of Palm Beach. She teaches piano and voice to all ages and in all musical styles.
A lifelong church-mouse, Suzanne began her service as a church musician at her home church, Central Reformed Church, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Singing vocal solos at age eight, she studied piano and voice with the church organist, served in the bell choir, and was a liturgical dancer.
A life-long singer, Suzanne received her doctorate and master’s of music in vocal performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She was certified as an elementary educator and received a BA in Music and Theater from Hope College, a Christian college in Holland, Michigan. Her first position after college was singing and teaching for Robert Schuller Ministries at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. She recorded professionally on the original sound track of the Glory of Christmas and performed with the choir in internationally televised church services. In Palm Beach, she has performed solos with Indian River Orchestra, Robert Sharon Chorale, Royal Poinciana Chapel, Lost Tree Chapel, Bethesda Chapel, Masterworks Chorale of the Palm Beaches, and The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches.
After graduate studies, Suzanne moved to New York City and performed with regional opera companies. During that time, she also served as Director of Christian Education for Bethany Memorial Church. Also in New York City, she sang for Marble Collegiate Church, home church of Reverend Norman Vincent Peale.
Suzanne’s professorships and degrees have taken her across the country
Most recently, Suzanne served for six years at The First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, West Campus. Although she loved her service there, the church was sold and closed during Covid-19.
In Palm Beach, she has performed solos with Indian River Orchestra, Robert Sharon Chorale, Royal Poinciana Chapel, Lost Tree Chapel, Bethesda Chapel, Masterworks Chorale of the Palm Beaches, and The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches.
Lynda Hart is our Executive Administrator.
Lynda has been with Gardens Presbyterian since December 2014. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2006. She is married to Andrew and has a son, Jack. Lynda keeps everything running smoothly around the church and manages the routine, and not-so-routine tasks, all with a smile.