Rev. Vicki Burtson

Pastor |

Rev. Vicki Burtson is an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ.  Her journey in life and ministry took her from her baptism at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ to junior choir & youth group at Wesley United Methodist Church – both churches in Selinsgrove, PA.  Vicki is a graduate of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove (Bachelor of Music Education) and Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ (Master of Divinity).  Vicki has been a high school choral director and then a clergyperson in ministry settings that included local churches, camping and retreat ministries, Conference-wide administrative ministry and campus ministry.

Together with the people of the Homer Congregational UCC, Pastor Vicki participates in an array of ministries. She presides during vibrant worship and participates in Bible Study and book discussions. She leads singing with children and zoom chats with college students. Working with the Stephen Ministers, Pastor Vicki oversees the pastoral care needs of our congregants. She is grateful for the chance to work with those who coordinate the Homer Food Pantry, the P.R.E.P. event, the church’s Senior Fellowship, Holiday in Homer and HCC’s Church Camp.

Vicki lives with her wife, Belinda, and together they enjoy music, theater, traveling and the birds & seasons of upstate New York.

Gary Harrington


Gary Harrington takes care of church facilities, inside and out. If it has to be moved, cleaned, set up, re-arranged, spruced up, or otherwise maintained, Gary is the person to see.

Anne Wingard

Office Administrator |

Anne is the person you are most likely to speak to if you call or visit the church during normal business hours. She has a multitude of responsibilities and is a resource for just about any question on the church’s schedule, policies, and procedures.

Joe Ford

Director of Music

Joe Ford is our Director of Music. He directs our choir of 8-16 singers who provide inspiring music for our 10:30 a.m. worship each week from September to June. Joe also works with soloists and small ensembles to provide a wide range of special music. Joe is a talented instrumentalist in his own right, holding a master’s Degree in Music Performance, Saxophone, from Ithaca College. Joe also coordinates the other musical groups of the church, supporting and helping schedule the occasional children’s choir, children’s bell choir, and adult bell choir.

Jim Shultes


Jim Shultes has been our organist for over thirty years.  Jim is an excellent organist, and at times his playing is the high point of the worship service. He helps create an atmosphere that can be lively and passionate or pensive and tranquil, according to the needs of the service or program. Jim very ably plays compositions from classical to contemporary.