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 army chaplain who served in Vietnam and Germany as well as several stateside assignments. He taught at the Army Chaplain School for five years. He is also a retired Pastoral Counselor. His sermon title will be "Mysticism for Ordinary People".

July 24th:  Rev. Joann White

Rev. Joann White is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a Spiritual Director.  She has served as the pastor of the Saranac Lake Presbyterian Church for eleven years.  Known for her thoughtful and creative preaching, Rev. White is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Halsey Prize for Preaching.  She is married to musician and outdoorsman Duane Keith Gould.  When she isn't serving the church, you might find her gardening, knitting, paddling, or roaming the trails with their two rambunctious Cardigan Welsh Corgis. 

 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.  In 2001, however, 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. After graduation in 2005, the couple moved from one church to another as Patricia did Interim ministry in seven different Presbyterian churches. In November 2015 retirement allowed them to spend the first winter (of many they hope!) in Florida, returning to their cabin in Saranac for the summers.

 September 4th: Rev. Paul Martz

I am a retired ordained minister with the United Church Christ living full time at Coreys on the private road. I served congregations in  New Hampshire, on Eastern Long Island, in Vermont, and Maine. I am a board certifiable hospital chaplain. My wife Patricia and I have two adult daughters, Rebecca and Emily. Pat and I have two granddaughters, the older one will be attending Skidmore College in the fall.