Message from the Pastor
The Reverend Melodee Bottari was born in Manhattan and has lived in Brooklyn, Queens and Hunter Mountain, NY before returning to New York City and moving to Staten Island. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the in 1996, graduated New York Theological Seminary in 2007, was ordained on March 29, 2009 and became the designated pastor of Pompton Valley Presbyterian Church in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. She has been trained in Gestalt Pastoral Care by the Reverend Tilda Norberg and utilizes this training by ministering to homeless persons, incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, substance abusers and people with HIV and AIDS.
Rev. Bottari enjoys working closely with the Building Bridges Coalition, the Staten Island Council of Churches, and Project Hospitality. Pastor Melodee and the Olivet congregation hold ecumenical and interfaith efforts close to their hearts and seek to proclaim God's message of love and peace and tolerance amongst all people regardless of their faith tradition.