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Shenendehowa United Methodist Church Leadership

Shenendehowa United Methodist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and to accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.

Lead Childcare & Childcare Workers

Children Ages Infant - 2 Years Old

Our childcare room is reopening!  We have two positions available:  Lead Childcare Worker and Childcare Worker.   This room cares for our youngest children from infants to two year olds.   If you are interested in joining our team click on the link below to apply through Indeed.com!

Childcare Worker Jobs at Shenendehowa UMC | Indeed.com

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Our childcare room is reopening!  We have two positions available:  Lead Childcare Worker and Childcare Worker.   This room cares for our youngest children from infants to two year olds.   If you are interested in joining our team click on the link below to apply through Indeed.com!

Childcare Worker Jobs at Shenendehowa UMC | Indeed.com

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Lee Carlson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Lee grew up in Ashville, NY—a suburb of Jamestown, NY. He was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and was active at Camp Street United Methodist Church in Jamestown.

At the age of 21, he realized God's plan for him was to pursue full-time ministry. After graduating from Geneva College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Aviation, he went on to complete a Master of Divinity Degree in 1992 from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. It was there that he met his wife, Michele, whom he married in 1990. They have two adult children, Benjamin and Samantha and a son-in-law, Adler Hulsey.

He spent his first six years in the ministry pastoring two rural churches. He was appointed to The UMC of Webster, NY in 1998 and served as their Sr. Pastor for 17 years. Lee was appointed to serve as Shenendehowa United Methodist Church's Senior Pastor on July 1, 2015.

The strengths that best describe Lee as a pastor are a strong teacher/preacher, a gifted recruiter, and a deep desire to serve right along side those he leads. He is passionate about working together to make a tangible difference in both the spiritual and physical lives of the congregation and in turn, the community. This is accomplished by focusing, not only on the needs of our church family, but also on the needs beyond the walls of our building as God opens doors to new opportunities.

Email:  pastorlee@shenumc.org

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Pastor Lee grew up in Ashville, NY—a suburb of Jamestown, NY. He was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and was active at Camp Street United Methodist Church in Jamestown.

At the age of 21, he realized God's plan for him was to pursue full-time ministry. After graduating from Geneva College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Aviation, he went on to complete a Master of Divinity Degree in 1992 from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. It was there that he met his wife, Michele, whom he married in 1990. They have two adult children, Benjamin and Samantha and a son-in-law, Adler Hulsey.

He spent his first six years in the ministry pastoring two rural churches. He was appointed to The UMC of Webster, NY in 1998 and served as their Sr. Pastor for 17 years. Lee was appointed to serve as Shenendehowa United Methodist Church's Senior Pastor on July 1, 2015.

The strengths that best describe Lee as a pastor are a strong teacher/preacher, a gifted recruiter, and a deep desire to serve right along side those he leads. He is passionate about working together to make a tangible difference in both the spiritual and physical lives of the congregation and in turn, the community. This is accomplished by focusing, not only on the needs of our church family, but also on the needs beyond the walls of our building as God opens doors to new opportunities.

Email:  pastorlee@shenumc.org

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Brother Paul McCue

Visitation Minister

Brother Paul is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a Commissioned Healing Minister and a Designated Prayer Chaplin & Life Professed Brother in the Community of Aidan & Hilda. He was also a trauma chaplain at the Westchester Medical Center. Prior to his current vocation, Brother Paul had a successful career in the insurance adjustment and investigation world. However, he has had a lifelong passion to help others.


Brother Paul and his wife formerly lived in the Peekskill, NY area before moving to Clifton Park. They have three adult children and several grandchildren.

Email Brother Paul at:  brotherpaul@shenumc.org

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Brother Paul is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a Commissioned Healing Minister and a Designated Prayer Chaplin & Life Professed Brother in the Community of Aidan & Hilda. He was also a trauma chaplain at the Westchester Medical Center. Prior to his current vocation, Brother Paul had a successful career in the insurance adjustment and investigation world. However, he has had a lifelong passion to help others.


Brother Paul and his wife formerly lived in the Peekskill, NY area before moving to Clifton Park. They have three adult children and several grandchildren.

Email Brother Paul at:  brotherpaul@shenumc.org

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Denise Gottung

Executive Pastor

Denise and her family live in Clifton Park and have been members of the church since 2007. Denise has a BS in Management from St. John Fischer College in Rochester and more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and strategic staff development. She has experience assisting business teams reach organizational and personal goals. 

Email Denise at:  dgottung@shenumc.org

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Denise and her family live in Clifton Park and have been members of the church since 2007. Denise has a BS in Management from St. John Fischer College in Rochester and more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and strategic staff development. She has experience assisting business teams reach organizational and personal goals. 

Email Denise at:  dgottung@shenumc.org

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Denise Walling

Deaconess

Denise grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. She studied biology and psychology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After moving to New York, she studied at the New York Theological Seminary, eventually answering God's call to ministry, and was consecrated as a United Methodist Deaconess in 2011. Deaconesses (females) and Home Missioners (males) are laywomen and laymen who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church for engagement with a full-time vocation in ministries of love, justice, and service. Denise is appointed by the bishop of our annual conference to serve as a chaplain at Ellis Hospital and to serve the Shenendehowa and Jonesville United Methodist Churches. At Shen UMC, Denise coordinates the small groups ministry.


Email Denise at: dwalling@shenumc.org

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Denise grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. She studied biology and psychology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After moving to New York, she studied at the New York Theological Seminary, eventually answering God's call to ministry, and was consecrated as a United Methodist Deaconess in 2011. Deaconesses (females) and Home Missioners (males) are laywomen and laymen who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church for engagement with a full-time vocation in ministries of love, justice, and service. Denise is appointed by the bishop of our annual conference to serve as a chaplain at Ellis Hospital and to serve the Shenendehowa and Jonesville United Methodist Churches. At Shen UMC, Denise coordinates the small groups ministry.


Email Denise at: dwalling@shenumc.org

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Anna Savino

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Anna grew up in an environment where being involved in church was ingrained into daily life.  Whether it was performing musically or being in a drama, doing community service in nursing homes and food banks, building houses with the youth group, or hosting events at her home, she thoroughly enjoys serving in her church community.  She brings her past experiences and passion for loving Jesus to her role as Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Shen UMC.
 
Over the past 23 years, Anna has served as both a preschool and junior high/high school educator and a new-teacher mentor. She has Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development and a Masters in Education with a focus on Cross-Cultural Teaching. Her focus is to inspire a genuine love for Jesus while learning content, skills, and perspectives, and she will positively encourage those she works with to find their God-given talents and share them with others. 

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Anna grew up in an environment where being involved in church was ingrained into daily life.  Whether it was performing musically or being in a drama, doing community service in nursing homes and food banks, building houses with the youth group, or hosting events at her home, she thoroughly enjoys serving in her church community.  She brings her past experiences and passion for loving Jesus to her role as Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Shen UMC.
 
Over the past 23 years, Anna has served as both a preschool and junior high/high school educator and a new-teacher mentor. She has Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development and a Masters in Education with a focus on Cross-Cultural Teaching. Her focus is to inspire a genuine love for Jesus while learning content, skills, and perspectives, and she will positively encourage those she works with to find their God-given talents and share them with others. 

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Michelle (Shell) Morizio

Office Administrator

 Originally from Southwestern Virginia, Michelle and her husband, Matthew, now reside in Mechanicville. They have three grown sons and two adorable grandsons. Michelle studied nursing at Pensacola Christian College and later earned a certificate in Administrative Assistance through SUNY ADK. She brings with her many years of experience in various office settings as administrative assistant/office manager.  


Email Shell at secretary@shenumc.org

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 Originally from Southwestern Virginia, Michelle and her husband, Matthew, now reside in Mechanicville. They have three grown sons and two adorable grandsons. Michelle studied nursing at Pensacola Christian College and later earned a certificate in Administrative Assistance through SUNY ADK. She brings with her many years of experience in various office settings as administrative assistant/office manager.  


Email Shell at secretary@shenumc.org

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Lauri Nair

Coordinator of Music Ministries

Lauri holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition, she has completed graduate studies in the field of Sacred Music. Lauri is a retired music teacher from the Saratoga Springs City Schools and has been at SUMC since 1973, serving in a directorial role since 1979. She leads the Chancel, Youth, Junior and Cherub Choirs and the Kasheweta Ringers and also oversees the volunteer directors. Lauri loves to welcome new people into the choirs at the church - contact her for more information.

Email Lauri at:  choirdirector@shenumc.org

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Lauri holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition, she has completed graduate studies in the field of Sacred Music. Lauri is a retired music teacher from the Saratoga Springs City Schools and has been at SUMC since 1973, serving in a directorial role since 1979. She leads the Chancel, Youth, Junior and Cherub Choirs and the Kasheweta Ringers and also oversees the volunteer directors. Lauri loves to welcome new people into the choirs at the church - contact her for more information.

Email Lauri at:  choirdirector@shenumc.org

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