Tim Ives


The Rev. Dr. Tim Ives came to Scarborough in 2008.  He was born in Minnesota, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. After College, Tim moved to New York to attend Union Theological Seminary, from which he received his Masters of Divinity. After Seminary, Tim helped found the Westside Youth Ministry in Manhattan. He then served as Associate Minister at the Presbyterian Church in Tenafly, New Jersey. Moving to Westchester, he served the Congregational Church in Chappaqua for sixteen years as senior minister. During his time at Chappaqua he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, where he focused on homiletics, the art and of writing and preaching sermons (story telling). He also studied and worked with Dr. Edwin Friedman through the latter's seminars for clergy and church leadership. Friedman is well known for his work in family emotional systems. Most recently Tim pursued training as a psychoanalyst at the Westchester Institute in Bedford Hills, completing classes in the spring of 2007 and is a New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst with a small private practice in Bedford Hills. For the year prior to joining Scarborough, Tim served the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale in a temporary minister role.

Tim is married to Dr. Ann Guerra, who has a pediatric dental and orthodontics practice in Briarcliff. Tim and Ann have two grown children, Conner and Abbie. Tim likes to be active: running, playing golf, paddle tennis, and skiing. In his inactive moments, Tim likes to read, mostly history, church history and psychology.


The Rev Dr. Kirk Bingaman

The Rev. Dr. Kirk Bingaman was approved as Parish Associate by the Session at the March 2016. A Parish Associate is a non-paid position often filled by clergy who have non-church ministries. Kirk is an associate professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and serves as a pastoral psychotherapist at the Lutheran Counseling Center of New York. Kirk is the author of several books, including The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care, published in 2014. He is a member of Hudson River Presbytery, and the former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Stockton, NJ.

Kirk preaches occasionally, writes for the newsletter, does some adult education Sundays, and helps with Pastoral outreach. Mostly he will be a part of our church community. Please get to know him; he is here most Sundays.

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Kenneth Potter

Music Director

Kenneth Potter has been directing the music program at Scarborough Church since January 2006. He graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1964, where he majored in voice and choral conducting, with an emphasis in
opera. In 1968 Ken received his Master’s degree in music education and choral conducting from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He worked for numerous churches and synagogues over the course of his career, beginning as a
singer, and later as an organist. For 28 years he taught music in the Nyack public schools, specializing in the Orff-Schulwerk.

Ken is married to Christine Potter, who had a career teaching English and Creative Writing at Clarkstown North high school. Chris contributes a great deal to the music program at Scarborough Church, assisting with the annual Christmas Pageant, singing in the choir, and sometimes playing dulcimer and guitar. 

Christine is a writer and a poet.  Her young adult time traveling series, The Bean Books, is published by Evernight Teen, and her third poetry collection, Unforgetting, will be out this summer on Kelsay Books. 

Ken and Chris live in a restored 1740 Miller’s Cottage in Valley Cottage, NY. They have two beloved tom cats, the round and aging Desmond Jones and a young Bengal mix named Bentley.


Katya Montelbano

Children's Center Director

Katya Montelbano followed her childhood dream and received a Bachelors Degree and Masters from NYU in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and the Leadership Program in Infant and Toddler Education. She has continued on her life's path by bringing her educational philosophy, as both teacher and director, to pre-schoolers in Manhattan and South Salem. Her philosophy is to provide children and parents with a developmentally appropriate program and a secure, nurturing environment that encourages children's natural curiosity and fosters a healthy respect for themselves, for others and for their surroundings.

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Natalie Carr-Harris

SPC Office Manager

Natalie Carr-Harris handles publications and finances, and manages the buildings and grounds, at Scarborough Presbyterian Church. Originally from Elmira Heights, N.Y., she has been living in Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor for the last 30 years, where she raised four children (Gabriel, Rachel, Rebecca, and Andrew) and has been active in the church. Previously, she worked with our minister, Tim Ives, at the Chappaqua Congregational Church. She received a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from the University of Rochester, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and did doctoral studies at Columbia University. She worked for the Village of Ossining in the water department, and then for the Ossining schools while obtaining a Master of Science in Education degree from Mercy College and becoming a certified high school math teacher. She enjoys the variety of responsibilities at the church, but is most excited about the people she has met and the relationships she has formed since becoming a part of the Scarborough family.

2019 Session Members

Members Back Row: Joe Tucci, Trey Files, John Dauer, Bob Hooley, Jim Cerny, Bob Lewis, and Allen Wolff (Stated Clerk); Front Row: Patty Chapman, Jim Simmons (Treasurer), Jeff Jahier, and Kathy Davis.

Not Pictured: Connie Curran