Ministers for 2015
Dr. Greiner is a retired United Methodist minister. He and his wife Roberta live in Saranac Shores, a development that is on the opposite shore of Island Chapel's front door. The Greiners are residents of New York and Dr. Greiner has been preaching at Island Chapel for over forty years. Dr. Greiner leads an impromptu choir each Sunday. Dr Greiner served churches in the Southern New Jersey conference for 15 years before he went on an appointment beyond the local church, to Brookdale Community College, in Lincroft, New Jersey, where he attained the title of professor in the Student Development Department and retired after 25 years of service. Dr Greiners doctorate is in Pastoral Psychotherapy from Lancaster Seminary in PA and practices as a New York state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The Greiners have 3 children, 5 granddaughters and 5 greatgrandchildren.
July 12th: Rev. Dr. Anabel Proffitt
Anabel C. Proffitt is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She is Co-Pastor of Wisdom’s Table at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, PA. During the summer months she serves as pastor of Childwold Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. At the end of June 2015, she retired after 26 years of teaching religious education at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.), the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (M.A.) and Hood College (B.A.). Author of numerous articles on religious education, her special interest is in the sense of wonder as a phenomenon that connects religion and education. In addition to her teaching and pastoral activities, she is a poet and a djembe drummer. She is married to Chuck Melchert, an author and retired professor. Their son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live in Boise, Idaho.
July 19th: Rev. Dr. Edward Flower
The Rev. Dr. Edward Flower is a retired US Army Chaplain and a retired Pastoral Counseler. He lives with his wife, Dr. Judith Flower, in Jamaica, Vermont.
July 26th: Rev. Lina Hart
August 2nd: Rev. Dr. John Tharps
After 41 years as an American Baptist pastor, I retired from the full time ministry but am still doing the things I love. I work with Habitat building houses, volunteer with the Penn Yan Fire Department, serve as director of the American Baptist Men Disaster Relief for New York State, and preach at strange, beautiful, and out of the way places. I hold a masters and doctorate (DMin) from Andover Newton Theological School. I write, do woodworking, and take long distance bicycle trips -- the next one is planned for a few days from now from Penn Yan to Decatur, Illinois. My wife and I love the Adirondacks and enjoy kayaking, hiking, and mountain climbing. We have three children and two dogs.
August 9th: Pastor Colin Tuggle
Pastor Colin Tuggle is the executive director of ADK Mission, a charitable non-profit organization based in Saranac Lake. Colin and his wife, Lisa, work across denominations to strengthen area churches and ministries throughout the Adirondack Mountain region by encouraging and equipping pastors and ministry leaders, bringing unity to the Body of Christ, and speaking at area churches. Colin was born and raised in southeastern New York, and his family has owned property outside Tupper Lake for nearly 50 years. Before relocating to this area two years ago to launch ADK Mission, Colin served in pastoral ministry after several years in both business and the military. He got his start as a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Colin and Lisa have two children: Caleb (7) and Grace (4).
August 16th: Rev. Dr. D. Richard Will
I’m a retired PCUSA minister who has served in CA, NV and NY. Currently, I am Coordinating Council chair of Presbytery of Northern New York, convener of the Mission Working Group of the Synod of the Northeast and representative from Synod to the New York State Council of Churches. With my wife and 4 sheep, 1 rabbit, 1 cat and a puppy (Sophia), I live on a small gentleman’s farm in Parishville, NY. I enjoy being outdoors, gardening, woodworking, reading, traveling and occasional golf(when I can afford it). This past year I have been taking a class in voice acting and will have a demo out in August.
August 23rd: Fr. Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly is a somewhat retired priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg and currently resides in Coreys. He spends a couple of days a month helping out at Sunmount in Tupper Lake. He provides services at the Uihlein Nursing Home in Lake Placid. On weekends he often helps out with coverage at parishes and institutions. Father Kelly enjoys hiking, birding and picnics.
August 30th: Rev. Dr. Patricia Schick
The Rev. Dr. Larry Selig, served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake, as well as in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Princeton Seminary, and Luther Seminary, he now resides in the Orlando, FL area with his wife Ida, returning to Island Chapel to preach each Labor Day Weekend Sunday since 2000. Following early retirement, they have "recycled" to assist churches in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and South America, preaching, teaching, and training Christian lay people in care giving ministries. Dr. Selig regularly leads Biblical study tours to Israel. The Seligs have two children and eight grandchildren.