Ministers for 2015

 June 28th:  The Rev. Eric Olsen

 July 5th:  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 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

The Rev. Lina Robinson Hart lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her family, husband Charles T. Hart and son, Alex, High School Senior. Their daughter Sarah is a Junior at the University of Alabama. Lina is an At-Large member of the Presbytery of East TN and serves as Parish Associate for pastoral care at her home church Rivermont Presbyterian.  Besides helping out at the University of TN Chattanooga's  Campus Ministry, she chairs the presbytery's team for Congregational Development dealing with NCDs and church transformation.  As hobbies, she enjoys sudoku, cooking/ dining out and reading. 

Lina's great-grandparents' Edmund and Carolyn Lyon bought Bircholm on Upper Saranac Lake in 1917 and the homestead has been in the family ever since. In 1955, Lina, short for Carolyn, was baptized in the former building of the Island Chapel and has been joining family & friends up here ever since.  

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

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 6th:   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.