Richmond Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Katelyn Macrae - Pastor
Katelyn began her ministry at
Richmond Congregational Church in June 2014. RCC is her first
ministerial call and she is excited to be a part of the vibrant
Richmond community. Katelyn is a lifelong member of the United Church
of Christ. She grew up in Saco, ME, where her parents still reside.
Katelyn has one sister, Elissa, who lives in Bangor, ME.
Katelyn first felt her call to
ministry in high school, and worked at Pilgrim Lodge, the Maine
Conference UCCís summer church camp during college. Katelyn received
her Bachelorís degree in Religion and Anthropology from Colgate
University in Hamilton, NY and her Masterís of Divinity from Yale
Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Before and after attending
seminary, Katelyn worked in various capacities at non-profit
organizations serving homeless people in Washington, DC and Portland,
ME. Katelyn brings a passion for social justice to her ministry at RCC.
Since moving to Vermont, Katelyn
has enjoyed exploring her new home state by foot, bike and car. She
especially loves going to farmerís markets and coffee shops, cooking,
and spending time near Lake Champlain. She also looks forward to
downhill skiing in the winter.
Meredith Schuft -
Meredith joined our staff in August 2012 and has been a member of our church for
over twenty-four years. She
came into this position with a broad set of transferable skills and is
enjoying serving our church in
this capacity. In her spare time, she enjoys trying out new recipes
and entertaining, gardening, kayaking, sewing, and
spending time with friends and family, especially her three grandchildren.
Ann Gnagey - Organist
Ann has been the organist at the
Richmond Congregational Church since 2005 and has been involved in
church music since childhood. Her great-aunt and father were organists
in their UCC church in western PA. Although Ann changed her major from
music to science, she was active in orchestras and performance through
undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate work. She holds a B.S. from
Indiana University of PA and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State
University. Currently, she is a professor in the Science Department at
Vermont Technical College. In addition, Ann directs the Mountain Strings
Project, a non-profit organization that offers affordable
stringed-instrument lessons (violin and cello) to students in the
Chittenden East Supervisory Union, and teaches violin and piano
privately. In 1990, Ann, her husband, and their three sons moved to
Jericho. At their homestead, Birch Hill Sugarworks, they produce maple
syrup and honey.
Esther was educated in a Methodist missionary school,
modeled on the British Public School curriculum in Malaysia. She has
been actively involved in music all her life although she earned her
living as an engineer and programmer at IBM in upstate New York. She is
now retired, a member of the women's choral group, Bella Voce, and
serves as a substitute organist at various churches in Chittenden
County. She has directed children's choirs and was a liturgical dancer
for a few years in upstate New York.
Duane LaRose - Sexton
Duane is a
lifelong Richmond resident and has worked at Richmond
Congregational Church for 12 years. He also works full time for the
Essex Junction School District and is presently a custodian at ADL
Middle School. He has been married to his wife Betty for 25. Daughter Rebecca is 22 years old and a recent graduate
University of Maine Farmington where she majored in secondary education
studying to be a high school English teacher. Duane's hobbies are maple
sugaring, wood working and last but not least, camping with my family.