Leaders and Staff

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Birdsong – Pastor, Head of Staff – nancy@bbpc.org

Nancy considers herself blessed to serve as the pastor of our congregation because of our heart for mission and our willingness to engage in ministries that make a difference in our world.  Nancy grew up in Richmond, VA and came to us after serving a church in western New York for many years.  After graduating from the University of Virginia with a major in English and minor in psychology, she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now called Union Presbyterian Seminary).  Nancy, who has an extensive background in local and global mission service, hopes to help us continue to widen the circle of our caring in the community.  She sees us as an extended family of faith who comes together to worship God, to learn from and support one another, and to be strengthened to live in this world with greater kindness, compassion and love.  An artist whose paintings have been exhibited in various galleries in New York, Nancy enjoys all things creative.  She finds particular joy in music, art, drama and any moment she can feel the sand between her toes or jump into the waves at the Shore.

The Rev Linda Owens – Associate Pastor – Linda@bbpc.org


Linda is a 1992 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.  She has served several congregations in New Jersey and North Carolina, before coming to BBPC in 2001.  As Associate Pastor, Linda plans and implements education opportunities for Children, Youth and Adults, as well as directs the youth ministry program.  In addition she she serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Deacons and participates in Worship Leadership and Pastoral Care alongside the Head of Staff and the Caring Ministry.  She is a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirate fan, having grown up in Pittsburgh and finds rest and renewal in the mountains of Maine!   She is also quite attached to the people she has met in Zambia through World VIsion (see above).  You can follow Linda’s blog at lindaeowens.blogspot.com.

Mr Tom Rodgers – Director of Music – Tom@bbpc.org

Olan Mills, IncThomas Rodgers was born and raised in Mercer PA which is situated exactly 60 miles north of Pittsburgh and 60 miles south of Erie.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington PA where he studied piano with Dr. Robert Hopkins (adjunct from The Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH) and organ with Raymond Ocock.  He did his graduate studies in church music at Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ where he studied organ with Dr. George Markey and Joan Lippincott.  He has been the Director of Music at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church since 1976.  He has sung in many choral groups in the Central NJ area, accompanied for many school and community groups and has played in many “pit” bands for schools and community theatres.  He has been musical director for several shows at the Black River Playhouse in Chester NJ, where he also serves as a Board member.  Thomas resides in Bernardsville, NJ.

Mrs Martha Costain – Secretary – Martha@bbpc.org

Martha has been a member since 1964; church administrator since January 1989.

Ms Linda Bullock – Financial Secretary – Ljebullock@aol.com

Mr George Hellerman, Jr – Treasurer – GPH2@aol.com

Olan Mills, IncGeorge has been a member of the church for over 30 years. He has served as a Deacon and is starting his first term as an Elder. He is the Church’s treasurer and serves on the Finance and Worship/Music Commissions. George lives in North Plainfield and works as a Bankruptcy Specialist for the IRS. He enjoys traveling especially to historical sites involving presidents.

The Rev Dr Beth Tanner – Parish Associate – BLT@nbts.edu

Session of Elders

Board of Deacons

Caring Ministry