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

Maude Rith

Maude Rith

Church Administrative Assistant

Maude comes to St. Paul’s from doing similar work down Court Street at Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service. She grew up as a Methodist attending the church across the street with her siblings so her mother could have an hour of peace. She and her husband Gary are now members of St. Paul’s. Maude enjoys writing, creative projects and walking the dogs, Ringo and Dottie. And no matter how many blocks you’re going, Maude recommends looking both ways before crossing the street.

Michelle Eells

Administrative & Building Ministries Coordinator/Bookkeeper

Michelle Eells 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.

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

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 weekly bulletin and church-wide emails, and designs the church newsletters.

email: ajallmann@stpaulsithaca.org or 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


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


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.