15 River Rd
Califon, NJ 07830
Pastor Kyle Cuperwich



Board of Trustees

The Board Members

Name Title Class
Ray Brown
Bob Vaccarella
Lee Walker
Tom Smozanek
Stuart Solewater


  • The Board of Trustees meets the second Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall. All meetings are open for any church member to attend.
  • Three-to-nine members.
  • Members must be of legal age.
  • 2/3 must be professing members of UMC.
  • Need a quorum of a majority to vote. This currently requires three voters.
  • The pastor attends meetings but does not vote.


  • Trustees have oversight and care of all local church property, buildings, and equipment.
  • Trustees need to hold one another accountable to the mission and vision of the church.
  • Trustees receive and administer all gifts made to the congregation, making certain that trust funds of the congregation are invested properly.
  • Trustees ensure that the Articles of Incorporation of the congregation are kept up-to-date.
  • Trustees annually review property, liability, and crime insurance coverage on church-owned property, buildings, and equipment. The team also reviews personnel insurance for protection against risk, and consults with the Pastor-Parish team about other personnel insurance.
  • Trustees conduct an annual accessibility audit of buildings and grounds to discover and then work toward eliminating barriers that impede full participation of all people.
  • The team submits annual budget requests to the committee on finance for property maintenance and improvement, as well as new property purchases.
  • Trustees are accountable to the charge conference and the church council. 

Glossary of Terms of UMC