First United Church of East Syracuse

Meet Our Staff & Church Officers


Rev. Debra L. Thomas, Pastor
Rev. Thomas is an ordained minister/teaching elder in the PCUSA.  She received her M.Div degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and has served churches in Weedsport, Skaneateles, Westernville, and Hannibal. Pastor Deb is also a Presbyterian Certified Christian Educator with Masters Degree coursework from Union Theological Seminary, and has completed Interim Ministry training through the Interim Ministry Network. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish and Education from SUNY Potsdam.  She and her husband have 3 grown children and one grandchild.

Christy Knowlton, Music Director/Organist

Linda Horton, Secretary

Bill Jacques, Custodian

Anne Coughenor, Parish Council Chair

Joan O'Donnell, SPRC Chair

Joan O'Donnell, UMC Representative

Lynn Jacques, PCUSA Representative & Stated Clerk

Karen Dunn, Treasurer

Cheryl Fox, Ass't. Treasurer

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place! Gen. 28:16