Staff

Pastor Carlos Rubén Figueroa Colombani

Hi! My full name is Carlos Rubén Figueroa Colombani, but you call me Pastor Carlos. I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia while my father was stationed at Virginia Beach, but soon moved back to my native Puerto Rico where I lived for the next 25 years. I am and have been many things: a family man, an educator, a linguist, and a pastor, but hopefully, I will be known as a man who loved God and his neighbor. In pursuit of this endeavor, I obtained a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Puerto Rico, did a year abroad at the Public University of Pamplona, and completed an MDiv from Drew University. I have been pastoring for upwards of ten years mainly in Long Island and Westchester, NY.   I have held many church positions throughout the years such as NY/CT District Missions Coordinator, NYAC Nominations Committee member-at-large, UMCOR team leader, Garden of Hope board member, Chair of the Peekskill Area Pastors Association, church secretary, sexton, youth group leader, and UMM President among other local church positions.  I enjoy playing video games, traveling, consuming vast amounts of coffee, and the occasional late-night ice cream run with my wife of eleven years, Adriana. 

Director of Music Ministry – Robert Benincasa

A self-taught pianist at age 8, Rob holds a BA in Music, as well as an MS in Education. He was previously the director of the Iona College Singers, has taught piano for several organizations, and was blessed to have a song air on WHUD in 2013. He is currently an academic advisor for students pursuing MBA Music Business programs. 

Mary Ferreira – Administrative Assistant

Born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1957, Mary Ferreira joined Grace UMC in October 2018 as Secretary.  She also works at the United Methodist Church of Shrub Oak as Administrative Assistant.

Prior to joining the UMC family, Mary worked as a film producer at the United Nations in New York City.  During her more than 30 years of service with the UN, Mary travelled to dozens of countries producing films for UN Television on themes such as Health, Poverty, Drug Trafficking, Wildlife, Food Insecurity and many other social issues prevalent in the world today.  In 2012, one of her productions, “Africa: Digital Graveyard”, won first place in the Ekotop Film Festival in Slovakia.  The film highlighted the growing problem of electronic waste as developed nations ship obsolete and second-hand electronics to countries in Africa.

Mary migrated to the United States with her husband, Nigel, and her two sons, Nigel Dominic and Adrian Ferreira in 1984.  She is the proud grandmother of two girls, Riley and Skyler Ferreira and mother-in-law to Christine Grafer Ferreira.  

In Guyana, Mary attended St. Rose’s High School.  When she came to the US, she enrolled in college and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Media Arts and a Masters in International Affairs from New York University.  Mary enjoys swimming in her spare time, traveling for leisure, and eating healthy coupled with a dedicated exercise routine to stay fit and in good health, especially during times of rare illnesses and disease.

Larry Del Casale – The Guitarist:

“Mr. Del Casale is a solid, musicianly player who performs eloquently.” The NY Times