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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 - Administrative Assistant

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 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 Nui- Music Director

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 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 of  the 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.