Our Staff


The Rev. Beverly Dempsey

Senior Pastor, Head of Staff and Executive Director

The Rev. Beverly Dempsey is the 12th installed pastor of Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House. By the gale force of the Holy Spirit and strong congregational and collegial support, she is also the founding pastor of Neighborhood Esperanza and is planting One Hope Sunday Night.

Beverly has a joy for corporate worship, and thrives on serving an open and welcoming congregation with a passion for glorifying God through worship and service to one another, the less advantaged and the oppressed. Just hospitality is at the core of her being.

Beverly brings to her years of pastoral ministry a wealth of experience from a first career in banking, an MBA in marketing and finance, and a second career in consumer packaged goods marketing and strategic planning. Beverly earned her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and is in her final phase of study toward her Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  

When not tending to her family – which includes her husband, Joe, their five-year-old son, Owen, toddler daughter, Caitlin, and her three adult step-children, Brian, Carolyn and Tom, Beverly enjoys just about anything that takes her outside. She is “perfectly delighted” to have been called to Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House and looks forward to the opportunity to glorify God and serve the church and surrounding community with this historic and vital congregation.


The Rev. Jordan Tarwater

Director - The Urban Outreach Center

Minister - Neighborhood Esperanza

Jordan  is committed to a God of justice and grace, and, equally, to a Church that seeks to respond to those gifts in action, compassion and just hospitality. At Jan Hus, he manages the work of our Urban Outreach Center; helps plan worship and Christian education classes; and does all things social media.

Jordan received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and was ordained into the Validated Ministry of The Urban Outreach Center of Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in February 2017.

He was raised in East Tennessee and graduated from Maryville College in 2013. He loves hiking and backpacking in the Appalachian mountains, spending time with his girlfriend, Mary, and watching Tennessee Volunteers football. He has yet to find a proper glass of sweet tea in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at @JordanTarwater.

Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde Parish Associate - Worship Leader for One Hope Sunday Nights

Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde

Parish Associate - One Hope Sunday Night




Christian McLeer

Music Director - Neighborhood Esperanza

Michael Vitali & Karl Kaminski

Musicians - Neighborhood Esperanza

Derrick Wilson

Manager of the Men's Department, Veteran Outreach and Security

Derrick is a born and raised New Yorker from Brooklyn. He studied computer programming at Long Island University and criminal justice at St. Joseph's College. 

He served three years in the Army, doing chemical equipment repair with the 369th Infantry Regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters. During an awarded stint of service in the rescue efforts following Hurricane Irene, Derrick found a love of helping people, which he brings to his work at Jan Hus.

He loves helping to maintain a safe environment for Jan Hus staff and guests, while also assisting our                                                                                               guests to feel welcome through his work with the men's clothing room and our shower program. 

                                                                                               Derrick is a NY Giants fan, enjoys producing rap music and cutting hair, and loves to worship God.

Gérard Shaw

Hospitality Specialist

Gérard was born in Vermont. For much of his life, he traveled extensively. Before coming to Jan Hus, he taught preschool in a poor barrio in Mexico City. He has taught and worked for several church charities and organizations in Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti, and the Philippines. 

At Jan Hus, he manages the running of our mailroom and directs guests as they arrive to the Hospitality Desk. 

Gérard enjoys painting with watercolors, reading in Central Park, and going to art museums.

Josephine Wilson

Data Manager and Urban Outreach Center Generalist

Lillie Grecco

Hospitality Specialist

Lillie was born in the Bronx and attended Christopher Columbus High School. Before coming to Jan Hus, she worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital. 

She enjoys reaching out to help others in her work providing hospitality to church guests, including her central role with Annie's Closet, our women's clothing boutique. 

Lillie loves talking and interacting with people, worshipping at our weekly Neighborhood Esperanza service, and being an active member of the community. 

Monica Carson

Executive Assistant

Pam Smith

Financial Secretary

Jimmy Ortiz

Building Manager

Eric Ayala

Batting Clean-up and Always Smiling