Rev. Vicki Burtson
Rev. Vicki Johnson Burtson has been ordained for over 25 years. 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). After five years teaching high school choral music, Vicki served in various ministry settings, including local churches, camping and retreat ministries, Conference-wide ministry and most recently campus ministry at SUNY Cortland.
As she returns to serving this local congregation, Pastor Vicki’s ministry has come full circle. Here you will find her leading vibrant worship, presiding at communion for residents of the Elizabeth Brewster House, co-hosting our annual “Spud Fest”, discussing scripture with members of a Bible Study, leading a song with children or receiving a hug from just about anyone. Vicki lives with her wife, Belinda, and together they enjoy music, theater, travel and the birds & seasons of upstate New York.
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.
Sheila Shea 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.
Director of Christian Education
Rachel Ditch coordinates the education and ministry for all ages of the congregation. Working with the staff, volunteers, youth, and parents, Rachel plans and leads a range of activities and programs which involve fun and friendship, serving others, and spiritual growth through relationships of acceptance, trust, and sharing.
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 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.