Ministers for 2016

 June 26th:  The Rev. Eric Olsen

 July 3rd:  The Rev. Dr. Newton W. Greiner Sr.

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 10th:  Rev. Anders Pedersen

July 17th:  Rev. Dr. Edward Flower

 The Rev. Dr. Edward Flower is a retired US Army Chaplain and a retired Pastoral Counselor. He lives with his wife, Dr. Judith Flower, in Jamaica, Vermont.

July 24th:  Rev. Joann White

 July 31st:   The Rev. Dr. Larry  Selig     

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.      

August 7th:  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 14th:  Rev. Colin Tuggle

Colin Tuggle is the executive director of ADK Mission (, a charitable non-profit organization based in Saranac Lake.  He and his wife, Lisa, work across denominations to strengthen churches and ministries throughout the Adirondack Mountains 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 50 years.  Before relocating to this area three years ago to launch ADK Mission, Colin served in pastoral ministry after several years in business and the military.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Colin and Lisa have two children: Caleb (8) and Grace (5).

August 21st:  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 28th:  Rev. Dr. Patricia Schick

Patricia Schick, PhD. spent most of her adulthood teaching in several universities, including University of Florida, Penn State University, and SUNY Plattsburgh.  However, in 2001 the Spirit moved both her and her husband, Bill, and they left their home in Saranac with gardens and mountain views and moved into married housing on the campus of Drew University, Madison, NJ so that Patricia could attend seminary there.  Bill transitioned well from woodsman to Campus Book Store employee during those three years, during which they had neighbors from Africa, South Korea, and Wisconsin.  Encouraged so well by her supportive husband, Patricia was able to graduate Summa Cum Laude in 2005.  Patricia's Interim Ministry has been a team effort from the beginning as the couple moved from one church to another.  Patricia served seven different Presbyterian churches almost all in New York since 2004.  These churches include the summer church in Inlet, Cooperstown, and more recently, in Utica and Plattsburgh.  When her ministry ends in Plattsburgh Patricia and Bill will be retiring, spending winters in Florida and summers back at their beloved cabin which they built together nearly 25 years ago.    

 September 4th: Rev. Paul Martz