Bishop Mark Webb of the Upper New York Annual Conference intends to appoint Rev. Steve Smith as pastor of Queensbury United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2021. We are thrilled that Steve will have the opportunity to share his spiritual gifts in leading this community of faith. Steve, his wife, Heather and their three children come to us from Newtonville UMC where they have faithfully served for the past 10 years. Prior to 2011, Pastor Steve served for 8 years at Schenectady at Eastern Parkway UMC and 7 years in Schenectady as Associate Pastor at Faith UMC.
Carol Ann Elze-Sussdorff 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.
Campus Care Coordinator / Administrative Director of Preschool & School Age Care Programs Debbie Romanazzi is celebrating her 20th 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.
Meg Hagerty is the church administrator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from The College of St. Rose. She is a former features writer for The Post-Star and does occasional freelance articles for The Chronicle. Her parents were charter members of QUMC.