Pastoral Counselor

Pastoral Counselor

Chelsea Community Church (CCC) is lay-led, but we do have a pastoral counselor — a clergyperson or seminarian — to work with us. Our pastoral counselor attends Sunday worship services and the hospitality hour which follows, is available for pastoral counseling and visiting the sick or shut-ins as needed, performs sacramental services — baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services, home blessings, etc. — as needed, preaches for us every six to eight weeks, and attends our Board of Trustees meetings upon request. Sometimes other functions are developed depending on the gifts and interests of the individual pastoral counselor. Previous pastoral counselors include Rev. Jerry Fargo (twice), Minister Valerie Eley, Rev. Fran Sherwood, Rev. Dr. Karen Ziegler and, most recently, Rev. John Magisano.


Chelsea Community Church, a small,non-denominational Christian, lay-led congregation with a strong commitment to inclusivity, is seeking a clergy person or seminarian to serve as our pastoral counselor.  Please note that worship is primarily a function of the lay leadership.  The pastoral counselor’s focus is on pastoral care and community building. The work involves approximately five to 12 hours per week of

  • Attending our Sunday services and the hospitality time that follows (beginning at 12 noon, at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20thStreet in Manhattan)
  • Being available for pastoral counseling
  • Visiting the sick or shut-ins as needed
  • Preaching once every six to eight weeks
  • Coming to our monthly Board of Trustees meetings (on request)
  • Attending a book discussion group before the Sunday Service (optional)

Further duties might be developed in discussion with a candidate, according to the gifts and interests of the applicant.

Our congregation now averages about 20 regular attendees, with a mailing list of over 100 and with special services drawing 75 to 450. Our website address is The stipend is $140 per week for the 46-47 weeks that we have services plus an extra $140 for the month of August when there are no services plus $140 for each occasion of preaching. Our current Pastoral Counselor is leaving after three and a half years of service because her work in other areas has expanded substantially. Therefore, we would like to begin discussions and interviewing as soon as possible.To learn more about the congregation or to apply, please contact and/or send a resume to Hilda Regier, chair of the Board of Trustees, at or leave a message at 212-886-5463.


Rev. Beth Perry Resigns as Pastoral Counselor, February 2019

Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry, our pastoral counselor, has submitted her resignation because her workload at, another of her activities, has increased greatly. offers online courses and workshops to church leaders and laity. Rev. Beth has been our pastoral counselor since September 2015. She has generously counseled many in our congregation and visited those who have been hospitalized. She was particularly attentive to Hugo Saurny in his last months and helped plan his funeral. She has also led several coffee hour discussions and energized some in the congregation to participate in a protest against an undocumented immigrant’s deportation. In addition to her work at Chelsea Community Church and, Rev. Beth teaches two religion courses at the College of New Rochelle and isa church consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church. She is also on the faculty of the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus where she was honored as part of the “faculty of the year” last September. A wife, mother and grandmother as well, she is a very busy person. Our best wishes go with her as she leaves us to serve the wider world.

Rev. Elizabeth A. (Beth) Perry (2015-2019)


Our new pastoral counselor, Rev. Elizabeth A. (Beth) Perry,  has more than 20 years in pastoral experience in small and mid-size congregations, including counseling and spiritual direction. More recently, she has also been an educator, writer, consultant and public speaker. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is now a Safe Sanctuary consultant working to protect children from abuse. Ready to join us on September13, Beth says “I am glad for this opportunity to become a part of Chelsea Community Church! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all individually as well as to finding ways we can work together corporately to be the church in the community!” You can contact her at



Rev. John Magisano
Pastoral Counselor, 2004 – July 2015