Ministers for 2013

  June 30th:  The Rev. Andy Pedersen

The Rev. Anders Pedersen, is Senior Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Institution, Raybrook, New York.

July 7th:  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 the past forty-two years. Dr. Greiner is currently the co-ordinator of clergy for the chapel. In addition to preaching 2 Sundays each year, 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 three greatgrandchildren.

July 14th:  The Rev. Joanne White

           The Rev. Joanne White is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament with the Presbyterian Church(USA) and a certified Spiritual Director. She is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary and the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. Rev White has received academic awards in Theology, Ethics and Hebrew Bible. A gifted worship leader, Rev. White is the recipient of the Halsey Prize for creativity and imagination in preaching.She has served churches in Wilmington, DE, Chicago and Morton Grove,IL. She currently serves on the Committee on Ministry of the Northern New York Presbytery. She is married to Duane Keith Gould, a music and lay pastor with PC (USA). Rev. White began her service as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake in January, 2005.

July 21st:  The Rev. Dr. Jeff Stehle

 Jeff is Chaplain at FCI Ray Brook, NY. He has served as a Youth Minister and Senior Pastor at churches in Tennessee and Texas. Jeff earned his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and his Doctor of Ministry at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, TX. Jeff's wife is Brandy and they have a 10-month old daughter named Landry. The Stehle's reside in Saranac Lake, NY. 

  July 28th: The Rev. Shaun Whitehead

Shaun Whitehead  is a native of Chicago, IL. She received her Master of Divinity Degree from McCormick Theological Schools, Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Shaun is the Associate University Chaplain at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.  As a writer, singer, speaker and preacher, Shaun focuses her work on breaking down barriers and building relationships that are inclusive, reconciling and affirming.

August 4th: The Rev. Charles F. Melchert

Dr. Charles F. Melchert is a retired Seminary Professor. Dr Melchert retired from Lancaster Seminary, PA where he was a professor of Religious Education and Bible for 17 years. Dr Melchert's doctorate is from Yale University. His wife Anabel Proffitt is the summer pastor at the Childwold Presbyterian Church

August 11th:   The Rev. Paul Heller

The Rev. Paul Heller is the father of three, grandfather of three and the husband of Darlene, a retired Public Health Nurse. Paul has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 40 years, serving congregations in Ashaway, Rhode Island, Wanakena, and Plattsburgh. From 2008 to 2011, the Hellers served as mission co-workers in Malawi, Africa. They worked at a Crisis Nursery where they cared for orphaned infants from birth through18 months old. The Hellers are both retired and living in Plattsburgh.

August 18th:   The 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 25th:   The Rev. Vanessa Syvertsen


Sept 1st:   The Rev. Dr. Larry  Selig

             Dr. Larry Selig, is a  Presbyterian pastor who formerly served at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake and  is now retired. Along with his wife Ida, they conduct training conferences for pastors and church leaders throughout the USA, Israel and Brazil and work with international students at the University of Central Florida. They live near Orlando, Fl with their children and eight grandchildren.