Our Staff

John McNeill

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. John McNeill joined St. Paul’s on July 1, 2012. His role includes worship leader and preacher, leader of staff, and vision-caster. He works with the Worship, Church Council, Leadership Development, Finance and Staff Parish Relations (personnel) teams. John also works with the Loving Care Coordinator in the areas of pastoral care, funerals and weddings.

email: jmcneill@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

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

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

Jeanette Ostrander

Music Director

Jeanette Ostrander holds a Master of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music where she has been a member of the music theory department since 1994.  She has worked extensively as a church organist and music director and is an active member of the American Guild of Organists.

email: jostrander@stpaulsithaca.org

Laura Dolch

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Laura Dolch is the coordinator of our ministries for children, focusing on our dynamic and creative Sunday morning program for children from age 3 on up to sixth grade. Laura also coordinates our paid childcare program so that our young ones have consistent, loving caregivers.

email: ldolch@stpaulsithaca.org

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, and coordinates the weekly bulletin and all-church email.

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

Dorothy Preston

Festival Chimes Director

email: dpreston@stpaulsithaca.org

Katherine Barnum Skura

Newsletter Editor

email: katherinebarnum@gmail.com

Jessa Dauria & Katrina Twardokus

Children's Music Group Directors

email: childrensmusic@stpaulsithaca.org

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.