Our Staff


Rev. Beckie Sweet

Senior Pastor

Pastor Beckie became our senior pastor and spiritual leader in July of 2021. Having served in pastoral appointments and extension ministry since 1982, Pastor Beckie brings vast experience to her leadership here. Pastor Beckie’s focus in ministry is to connect each person with God in powerful ways, and to connect folks to one another spiritually that we might learn, grow, and serve together with joy. Pastor Beckie attended college in Williamsport, PA at Lycoming College where she received a B.A., majoring in music and religion. Then she attended Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ where she received a Master of Divinity. Pastor Beckie has a love of camping ministries, justice ministries which encourage inclusivity and equality, and shaping meaningful worship experiences.

When she is not working, Pastor Beckie enjoys walking, boating and fishing, sewing and quilting, and snuggling with her French Angora Rabbit, Jacques. She has three adult children: Paul, who is pastor of Christ UM Church in Troy, NY; Marthalyn, who is a physician assistant; and, Daniel, who will soon complete his master’s degree in Exercise Science. Pastor Beckie’s mother, Marilyn Sweet, joins her in residing in our parsonage.

email: pastor@stpaulsithaca.org

Maude Rith

Maude Rith

Church Administrative Assistant

Maude is the friendly face to greet you in the church office and serves the administrative needs of our church and staff. She comes to St. Paul’s from doing similar work in the area. She grew up as a Methodist and was delighted to join St Paul’s with her husband Gary. Maude enjoys writing, creative projects and walking their dogs, Ringo and Dottie.

email: office@stpaulsithaca.org

Michelle Eells

Business & Building Coordinator

Michelle Eells manages the church calendar and space use of our very active church and staff. Michelle also pays the bills, serves on the Finance Committee, and creates financial reports for St. Paul’s.

email: business@stpaulsithaca.org

Anne Horst

Anne Horst

Hospitality and Connection Ministries Coordinator

Anne Horst focuses on building St. Paul’s welcoming capacities for new and returning attendees. She cultivates programs for hospitality to flourish by helping to connect people with one another and with tasks that are consistent with their individual gifts and graces. She coordinates the Welcome Teams and Hospitality Ministers, integrating visitors into the life of the church and encouraging established members to deepen their connection with St. Paul’s through ministries within the church community and beyond.

email: ahorst@stpaulsithaca.org

Alexa Allmann

Alexa Allmann

Youth Ministry & Communications Coordinator

Alexa Allmann holds a master’s degree in Christian education from Union Presbyterian Seminary. She serves the middle and high school students, but works alongside the Children’s Ministry Coordinator to support all families of St. Paul’s. As communications coordinator, Alexa maintains the church’s website and social media, coordinates the bi-weekly church-wide emails, and designs the church newsletters.

email: communications@stpaulsithaca.org

Kayla Eells

Kayla Eells

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Kayla Eells has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/childhood education and works as a Kindergarten teacher with the Dryden School District. Kayla serves the children of St. Paul’s from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, but works alongside the Youth Ministry Coordinator to support all families of St. Paul’s.

email: keells@stpaulsithaca.org 

Caleb Bates

Organist/Pianist

Caleb Bates prepares and plays worship music and plays selected hymns for the Sunday worship services as well as for special events in the church such as holiday services, weddings, funerals, and memorial services.

email: cbates@stpaulsithaca.org

Emily Preston

Emily Preston

Choral and Ensembles Director

Emily Preston oversees the choir’s music and performances for the Sunday worship services as well as for special events in the church such as holiday services.

email: epreston@stpaulsithaca.org

David Kingsley

Technical Director

Dorothy Preston

Festival Chimes Director

email: dpreston@stpaulsithaca.org

Jessa Dauria & Emily Plummer

Children's Music Group Directors

email: childrensmusic@stpaulsithaca.org

Sue Orzel

Sue Orzel

Custodian

Sue Orzel keeps “this old house” as clean as possible.

email: office@stpaulsithaca.org

Bob McCune

Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Bob McCune was the Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s from 1974-1983, and for a brief time in 2011-12. We are blessed to have Bob and many of his family as members of our current congregation.