Rev. Dr. Phil Phaneuf
Rev. Dr. Phil Phaneuf
Rev. Dr. Phil Phaneuf
Coordinating Pastor

Rev. Phil was appointed as Pastor to Queensbury United Methodist Church by Bishop Mark Webb in July 2013. His education background has prepared him in many ways for effective pastoral ministry. Phil moved every 3-4 years growing up. He’s lived in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Coxsackie, NY, Delaware, and graduated high school in Syracuse, NY. He then first majored in music education at Houghton College. He transferred to Roberts Wesleyan College and completed his bachelors in Religion and Philosophy. His first masters degree was in education at the University of Rochester. For several years before entering into the journey of ordained ministry, Phil was a certified expert computer trainer in the Adobe graphic design apps and Microsoft Office apps. In 2006, Phil answered the call to ministry (a calling he had sensed throughout his life) and began seminary in January 2007 at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Phil earned his masters of divinity at CRCDS in 2011. Throughout his seminary training, Phil was the minister for youth and adult education at Asbury First UMC until June 2013. Following his m.div, Phil enrolled in the doctor of ministry program at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. He completed his doctoral studies in the spring of 2018. His dissertation focused on reviving the historic Wesley Class Meeting with a 21st Century model of blending face-to-face and online modes of meeting.

Rev. Phil’s Favorite Hymn is “Wrestling Jacob” or also known as “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown” by Charles Wesley.

Rev. Phil’s Favorite Scripture passage is John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

 

Pastor Bob Jeffers
Pastor for Congregational Care
Rev. Nancy Dibelius
Rev. Nancy Dibelius
Rev. Nancy Dibelius
Deacon for Discipleship
Nancy Dibelius has completed training as a Spiritual Director and received certification in Spiritual Formation from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education. Nancy received her master’s degree, summa cum laude, in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism from Garrett-Evangelical theological Seminary and was inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa , the national honor society for religious studies/theology. In June, 2017, she was commissioned as a provisional deacon in the Upper NY Conference and is Associate Director of Spiritual Life for Vital Congregations.
Meg Hagerty
Meg Hagerty
Meg Hagerty
Director of Community Engagement
Meg’s professional experience includes both advertising and executive secretarial work during the 80s & 90s. In the 2000s and to this day, Meg is well known for her writing work at the Post-Star as well as many local volunteer organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose and brings her gifts of organizational management, public relations, communications, and advertising skills into this new role. Most of all, Meg brings passion, life-long membership to the UMC of Queensbury, and her love for our community (both the church community and our local community) to bear upon this exciting venture of living out our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Queensbury.
Carol Ann Elze-Sussdorff
Director of Music & Arts
Carol Ann is the organist and Director of Music Ministries of the United Methodist Church of Queensbury. We love the musical excellence that Carol Ann brings to our worship services at UMCQ. Carol Ann is also, as the Skidmore college website says, “collaborative pianist in the Departments of Dance and Music at Skidmore College. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Crane School of Music. Upon graduation, Carol Ann discovered her love of playing for ballet at Union College, where she had the good fortune to play Master Classes for Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella, and former NYCB Principal Dancer, Kyra Nichols. She served as music instructor at St.Mary’s/ St.Alphonsus Regional Catholic School in Glens Falls, where she founded a comprehensive choral and music instruction program for elementary through middle students. From 2009-2014 Carol Ann served as Music Director and Conductor of the Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus, and has been accompanist for Adirondack Voices, a community chorus, since 1999. She maintains an active accompanying schedule in the music department, rehearsing, coaching and performing with both instrumentalists and vocal students, and continues working with standout regional high school musicians.”
Rhonda Becker
Meg Hagerty
Rhonda Becker
Director of Children's Ministries
Rhonda has a wide-ranging background in children’s education and early educational ministries.

Rhonda is an enthusiastic and compassionate education professional with over 10 years experience specializing in elementary, special education, and literacy.   Skilled in working with a diverse population of students, parents and staff by creating a welcoming environment.  Successfully developed programming, curriculum, and long term goal setting for students and families.  Presents information using multi-sensory and developmentally appropriate methods to engage students of all ages, with additional capabilities in:

  • Curriculum design
  • Interactive learning
  • Supervision of staff
  • Parent relations
  • Facilitation of meetings and workshops
  • Developmentally appropriate assessment and programming
  • Organizing multiple program and calendars
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time management
  • Communications
  • Collaboration 
  • Maintaining and developing classroom volunteers

Rhonda earned her Master of Education in Literacy Birth-6 from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Here Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Education from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Rhonda also holds Permanent Certification in General Education Pre- K -6 as well as Permanent Certification in Special Education.

Deborah Romanazzi
Debbie Romanazzi
Debbie Romanazzi
Campus Care Coordinator / Administrative Director of Preschool & School Age Care Programs
Debbie is celebrating her 18th year as the Director of our School Age Care programs. Debbie is a Registered Nurse, having studied at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Debbie does much more for UMCQ than just the admistrative direction of our Child Care programs and we are thankful for her organizational skills, her dedication to the maintenance of the church, and the many ways she goes above and beyond for the community.

 

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