Our Staff

Rev. Beckie Sweet

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

Jami Breedlove-Crouch

Jami Breedlove-Crouch

Loving Care Ministry Coordinator

Jami 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: lovingcare@stpaulsithaca.org

Dee Levine

Church Administrative Assistant, Communications Coordinator

Dee is the friendly face to greet you in the church office and serves the administrative needs of our church and staff. She maintains the church’s website and social media, coordinates the weekly church-wide emails, and designs the church newsletters.

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

Molly MacMillan

Molly MacMillan


Molly MacMillan has extensive experience performing a variety of styles. Each Sunday she improvises hymns with spirituals, popular songs and classical music. She accompanies the Chancel choir, and enjoys playing in the worship services at St. Paul’s.

email: pianist@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


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

email: office@stpaulsithaca.org