2021 Election of the BFC Council

The BFC Council consists of 8 elected representatives from our community along with the current pastor.

Every year, 4 new members of the council are elected. They will serve for 2 years from the time of election, and 4 members who have finished serving the previous two years will leave the council, but they are then eligible to run again if they desire.

Joining the BFC council is a wonderful way to serve and truly become a valuable and vibrant part of your community.

Election process:

  1. First- nominations are received by the council election committee. Anyone in our membership can be nominated to be a candidate for the council. The candidates must meet specific criteria outlined below in order to run in the election. You may nominate yourself or anyone in our community whom you feel could do a good job serving on the council.
  2. Nominees will be asked if they are willing to run and to be sure they meet the qualifications.
  3. Once the nominees have accepted to become candidates, then the voting period will begin.
  4. Voting takes place through on-line ballots.

For questions, please contact the election committee at election@belvederefamily.com.


Our new council members starting in 2021 are:

Gary Hillier

I met our movement in 1980 and have been a member of BFC since 1995 after moving from New Jersey, but I have never served on the Council before. If elected, I look forward to learning more about our community’s needs and desires. Also to help achieve goals that will make BFC an even more loving and spiritually vibrant place that everyone in our membership and greater community will want to be a part of. You can hear more of my story by listening to my interview with Pastor Justin on Anchor.

Peter Reiner

I have been a member of the Belvedere Family Community for over 25 years. I’ve served on the Council 3 times in the past. I would like to serve again this time, especially to support the transition to our new Pastor. I have dreams and aspirations of making BFC more successful in God’s Providence. I hope our new Pastor and Council will implement some new measures to help us along in this goal.

Yuki Jones

Hi my name is Yuki Jones and I’m interested in running for the BFC Council! I am 24 years old, and have been blessed to Min Hwa Jones for almost three years. I just recently finished serving as Belvedere’s youth pastor for four years. I also previously served on the BFC council from 2016-2018 and had a great experience. I would like to run for BFC Council again this year because I have a heart to serve the community. We have a new head pastor and a new youth pastor, and I would like to support them by being on the council. I also think that our community needs to do more for our young adults and will see if the council can do anything to support that.

Thank you!

Hye Jin Suzuki

Hello Everyone!
My name is Hye Jin Suzuki.
I am 30 years old and happily blessed.
I am originally from Red Hook, moved to Westchester in 2016, and now call this place my home.

In 2014, I became a core staff member of the UP & Coming youth ministry and started to become acquainted with the local youth.

I also volunteered for many consecutive summers, as the NY logistics coordinator for the Blessed Culture Sports Festival (BCSF). I worked with many parents to provide meals for the NY BCSF participants. We felt that our contributions would greatly elevate the experience of the kids. I hope to continue working with the parents of our community.

From 2016 to 2019, I was the house manager at Gracemere Lodge (also known as the Rock House) where I hosted numerous events for our young adults. I believe that involved young adults will significantly impact how a community thrives.

If elected, I would like to create more space and support for the youth and especially young adults in BFC.
I want to be a part of helping our community grow!