Our Music Directors
Colchester Community UMC
First United Methodist Church Walton
I was appointed as lead pastor to the Western Catskills Parish, which
included FUMC Walton, Colchester Community UMC, East Branch/Harvard UMC,
and UC Roscoe. I have primary pastoral responsibility for FUMC Walton
and Colchester Community UMC. I am married to my wonderful wife
Marianne and we have adult sons Edward and Robert.
I applied to Drew Theological School and,
started classes in January of 2012. My primary passions nurtured
in seminary were social justice and liberation theology. During seminary I served as a student pastor at the Flanders
United Methodist Church and continued there as a Licensed Local Pastor
until my assignment to the Hampton Bays United Methodist Church.
East Branch/Harvard UMC
Effective July 1, 2016 Dora Janeway Odarenko was appointed to the Western Catskills Parish to serve the United Church of Roscoe and East Branch/Harvard United Methodist Church. Growing up, Dora's first career dream was to be a pastor; however, she became a teacher instead, and loved teaching at any level. In her late fifties, Dora once more heard a call to ministry and went to Yale Divinity School where she became a Methodist. Against all odds, because of her age, Dora was appointed as a licensed local pastor to the Esopus United Methodist Church in Port Ewen on the Hudson; then to Gaylordsville in Connecticut; and finally to Long Hill UMC in Trumbull, Connecticut before coming to the Western Catskills Parish. She has always loved the Catskills and family-sized churches and is looking forward tremendously to being among us.