Ministers for 2018

 June 24th:  The Rev. Eric Olsen

Rev Olsen grew up in Staten Island, where he was active in Boy Scouts and the neighborhood Lutheran Church. He earned a BA in Religions from Wagner College in 1980, and in 1987 earned a M Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He was ordained in 1988, serving first at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Saranac Lake.

 In 1984, Eric became a Chaplain Candidate for the US Army, and upon his ordination he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He served with a Reserve unit from 1988 - 1992, when he became a full-time Army chaplain. While on active duty, Eric served in South Carolina, Germany, Egypt, and New York. In 2000, Eric left the Active Duty and transitioned to the New York National Guard. On 09/11/2001, the state activated him again. He was deeply engaged with the recovery work at Ground Zero for many months.  He deployed to Iraq with the 2/108 New York National Guard in 2005.  When he returned from combat, he continued active National Guard service as first the Division Chaplain and then the NYNG Joint Forces State Chaplain until he retired from the military as a full Colonel in 2014.

Eric now works as the Protestant Chaplain at Adirondack Correctional Facility, and serves, again, as Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Saranac Lake. Eric is married to the former Susan Nagle, and their two sons are completing college at SUNY Potsdam while serving in the New York National Guard.

 July 1st:  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. Greiner's 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 8th: Rev. Shane Ash

 July 15th: 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.

 July 22nd: Rev. Caspar Green

July 29th: 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. 

August 5th: Rev. Dr. John Tharp

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 12th: 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 (9) and Grace (6).

August 19th: Rev. David Bennett

Rev. David Bennett was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, a wonderfully diverse community that shaped his journey of faith and call to ministry.  This call continued to take shape during many stops along the way. At Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian Boys camp in the southern Adirondacks, he was challenged spiritually and physically, developing a love of hiking that continues today [only 2 of the 46 High Peaks left!].  In college he discovered a love of psychology and social scientific research, something that continues to guide him in working with his wife [Kara], a biostatistician working in international HIV research.  At the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston, he worked with physically and mentally infirm people and finally responded to God’s call to ministry, entered seminary, and immersed himself in the life of a Presbyterian congregation.  In 2003, the year his daughter [Emilie] was born, he began to serve a small congregation in Ballston Spa, NY.  His son [Ethan] came along a few years into ministry.  He and his family reside in the town of Ballston Lake, about 6 miles south of Ballston Spa. 

In recent years, David discovered new challenges and opportunities through serving in leadership within the Albany Presbytery.  He also entered a mentor-training program that immersed him in Bowen Family Systems Theory, providing a helpful framework for working with pastors and congregations.  Recently, he began taking classes in nonprofit management and leadership from the Kellogg School of Management.  Community-based anti-poverty ministry is his ultimate passion and he nurtures this through his work with congregations, as he serves as president of the board for Eastern Door Counseling Center, and as treasurer of the board of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, the anti-poverty agency of the county.  After 13 years in one congregation, David now serves as the part-time Resource Presbyter for the Presbytery of Northern New York, sharing his gifts and skills to support and resource a region of churches as they live into their calling to be gospel communities where God has planted them. 

August 26th: Rev. Amanda Cash

Rev. Amanda Cash is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. She has served churches across Upstate New York, in Lake Placid, Watertown, and Ithaca. She and her family have lived in the Adirondacks for the last five years, and are currently making plans to plant a new Nazarene Church in the Tri-Lakes area. Most recently she has served the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid during a time of pastoral transition, and has often filled pulpits on Sunday mornings at various churches in the area. She is married to Daniel and they have three children that keep them very busy: Ethan (11), Elliana (8), and Evelyn (2).

September 2nd: The Rev. Dr. Larry Selig     

The Rev. Dr. Larry Selig, former Presbyterian pastor in Saranac Lake, Willmar, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, PA, resides with his wife Ida near Orlando, FL. Since retiring, they have "recycled" to assist churches in the United States and abroad in leadership development, teaching, preaching, and prayer ministry. One of his additional passions during the past 40 years has been taking pastors and lay people on study trips to the Holy Land.