Pastor Peggy, Dr. Duke & Ms. Hazel in robes huddling together


Pastor Peggy & Dr. Duke singing during worship


Rev. Dr. Debra Duke

Senior Pastor

Reverend Dr. Debra Duke has served as Senior Pastor for The Community Church of Mountain Lakes since June 2012.


She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, where she earned both her Master of Divinity degree, as well as her Ph.D. in Mission, Ecumenics, and History of Religions. Dr. Duke received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Duke also served in the Peace Corp in Senegal.

Rev. Peggy Ludlow

Associate Pastor

Pastor Peggy is originally from Kenosha, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies. She moved to Minnesota in 2014 to attend seminary. Peggy earned her Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in 2017.


She was a Minnesota Conference UCC delegate to General Synod in 2017. Peggy, who was in the University Marching band, plays the trombone. She attended three Rose Bowls with the band! She enjoys playing board games with friends, exploring the outdoors and traveling.  One interesting fact about Peggy is that she wrestled in middle and high school. 

Ms. Hazel Eaton

Director of Music

Ms. Hazel is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she studied organ with Alan Morrison. She holds bachelors' of music degrees in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. Prior to her work at Community Church, Hazel has held organist positions in churches throughout New Jersey, and has performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center.


She also worked for the Organ Historical Society to support their annual convention in Philadelphia. Hazel lives in Somerset, New Jersey, and enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her birds.

Mr. Ed Greene


Mr. Ed is new to our CCML staff. 

He is excited to get to know the community while caring for our church building.

Ms. Denise Jennings 

Office Administrator

Ms. Denise is new to our CCML staff.  She is getting to know our church family while learning her new role in the Church Office.

Ms. Linda Steenbock 

Financial Administrator

Linda joined us in April 2015. She previously did the books for the family business. Linda enjoys gardening and exercise. Linda also helps Brookside Community Church with their books.


48 Briarcliff Road

Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046


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