Our Staff

Rev. Teressa Sivers

Rev. Teressa Sivers

Senior Pastor

Rev. Teressa Sivers joined St. Paul’s on July 1, 2018. Her role includes worship leader and preacher, leader of staff, and vision-caster. She works with the Worship, Church Council, Leadership Development, Finance and Staff Parish Relations (personnel) teams, as well as alongside the Loving Care Coordinator in the areas of pastoral care, funerals and weddings.

Pastor Teressa received a degree in Psychology before enrolling in seminary at Duke University, where she earned her Masters of Divinity in 2001.

She has previously served as Pastor at Oneonta First UMC in New York and Lakeville UMC in Pennsylvania.  She is passionate about community service with experience as a leader in Bridges Interfaith Campus Ministry, a member of the Oneonta Refugee Resettlement Coalition, an appointed commissioner on the City Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights, and Chairperson of the Bishop’s Task Force on Eliminating Racism.

email: tsivers@stpaulsithaca.org

Rev. Debbie Allen

Rev. Debbie Allen

Loving Care Coordinator

Rev. Debbie Allen recruits and coordinates a team of volunteers to address the spiritual care needs of the congregation through a Prayer Chain, cards, phone calls, visitation, and bringing Holy Communion to the homebound.

email: dallen@stpaulsithaca.org

Michelle Eells

Administrative & Building Ministries Coordinator/Bookkeeper

Michelle Eells is the person you will see in the front office from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Monday-Thursday. She manages the calendar, space use, and provides administrative support to our very active church and staff. Michelle also pays the bills, serves on the Finance Committee and creates financial reports for St. Paul’s. She is assisted by volunteer Dick Tenney, who is our financial secretary.

email: office@stpaulsithaca.org

For space use: building@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, 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

Laura Dolch

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Laura Dolch focuses on our dynamic and creative Sunday morning program for children from age three through sixth grade. Laura also coordinates our paid childcare program so that our young ones have consistent, loving caregivers.

email: ldolch@stpaulsithaca.org

Alexa Allmann

Alexa Allmann

Youth Ministry & Communications Coordinator

Alexa Allmann organizes the middle and high school youth groups. She also maintains the church’s social media and website, coordinates the weekly bulletin and all-church email, and designs the church newsletters.

email: ajallmann@stpaulsithaca.org or communications@stpaulsithaca.org

Caleb Bates


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

Choral and Ensembles Director

Emily 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

Dorothy Preston

Festival Chimes Director

email: dpreston@stpaulsithaca.org

Jessa Dauria & Katrina Twardokus

Children's Music Group Directors

email: childrensmusic@stpaulsithaca.org

Sue Orzel

Sue Orzel


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, his wife Alice, and many of his family as members of our current congregation.