Ministers

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 and the First United Methodist Church, both 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. Newton W. Greiner is a retired United Methodist Minister from the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference where he served churches in 3 different communities over a 15 year period. He then went on an appointment beyond the local church to Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey, where he attained the title of professor in the Student Development Department and retired after 25 years of service. Dr. Greiner resides in Plattsburgh, New York in the winter, and affiliates with The Plattsburgh United Methodist Church. Dr. Greiner is a retired York state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has 3 children, 5 granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren.

In the summer Dr. Greiner resides in Saranac Shores, a development just across the lake opposite the Island Chapel front doors. Dr. Greiner has been affiliated with Island Chapel for 50 years. He leads worship on the Fourth of July weekend and directs an impromptu choir each Sunday. During his pastoral ministry Dr. Greiner was responsible for building 2 new Church Sanctuaries. In his years at Island Chapel he has performed 100 weddings and Baptized a number of children.

July 8th: Rev. Shane Ash

Shane is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.  Shane served as pastor for 15 years, most recently in Kansas City, MO.  Shane and Ashley and their three children (Sam, Addi, Anah) moved to the Adirondacks a few years ago. Together they are restoring a small farm near Saranac Lake. Shane currently serves as Chaplain at the Col. C. David Merkel Veterans Residence at St. Joseph’s Recovery Center. Shane’s passions include spiritual formation, the Enneagram, farming, and writing.

 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

Caspar Green is a pastor in the America Baptist Churches, having served churches in Maine, New York and Virginia before retiring from full-time ministry in 2011. Caspar now spends most of his time programming websites, but still does interim pastoral ministry and pulpit supply on occasion. He lives in Potsdam, NY with his wife, the Rev. Brooke Newell, and their son, Silas.

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 since 2005. 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

Rev. Colin Tuggle serves as pastor of the Tupper Lake United Community Church. He is also the founder and executive director of ADK Mission: a charitable non-profit organization based in Saranac Lake (ADKMission.org). Colin and his wife, Lisa, work across denominations to strengthen churches and ministries throughout the Adirondack Mountains by encouraging and equipping area pastors and their families. Colin was born and raised in southeastern New York, and his family has owned property outside Tupper Lake for 51 years. Before relocating to this area five years ago to launch ADK Mission, Colin served in pastoral ministry following several years in business and the military. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, he later earned his master’s degree from Regent University and then went on to additional theological training at the Vineyard Institute. He is currently completing his Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Colin and Lisa have two children: Caleb (10) and Grace (7).

August 19th: Rev. David Bennett

Rev. David Bennett is the Resource Presbyter for the Presbytery of Northern New York, a region comprised of 35 churches spanning from Lake Champlain on the east to Lake Ontario on the west. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he spent 13 years as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, before being called to serve in a regional leadership role. His passion is to support churches and pastors as they seek to faithfully proclaim the Gospel in the context God has placed them.

When not traveling about the north country or working on home improvement projects, David also loves to spend time in the woods, hoping to complete his 46th Adirondack High Peak very soon! He also serves on the board of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, an anti-poverty agency and is pursuing an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

David is married to Kara and they have two children, Emilie [15] and Ethan [13] and reside primarily in Ballston Lake, but also in Bloomingdale (a small village just outside Saranac Lake).

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 several years and they are proud to call it “home.” 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 currently assigned as the Director of Adult Discipleship and Spiritual Formation at the Adirondack Community Church. She is married to Daniel and they have three growing children that keep them very busy: Ethan, Elliana, and Evelyn.

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.