Our Staff

Our Staff


Our transitional minister is the Reverend Dr. Louise Barger. She was a nurse and served on the faculty of the St. Louis University School of Nursing before attending Southern Theological Seminary and being ordained to ministry by the American Baptist Churches in 1986. She has served churches in various positions including pastoral, executive, and for the past 10 years, as a transitional minister.

Pastor Louise is working with the church as the congregation determines its future goals and looks for permanent pastoral leadership. Office phone: 607.587.9288. Email: louisebarger21@gmail.com.

Administrative Secretary

Lana Meissner is our Church Administrative Secretary and is in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Lana has been an Alfredian since the 1970s. She worked as the Alfred University Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, and when she retired from the University in 2006, directed the Alfred Box of Books.

On her second retirement now, she serves as administrative secretary for the church and edits the church newsletter and website. Lana has been a member of the church for almost forty years. She has been active on church boards and is currently serving on the Board of Elders, directs the bell choir, decorates the altar for special Sundays, and contributes to the life of the church in innumerable ways. Office phone: 607.587.9288. Email: uucalfred@gmail.com.


Our pianist since 1996 is Peter O’Conner. Peter has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition and he specializes in jazz piano. Frequently our congregation is treated to a gospel swing postlude. In addition to his work at the church, Peter also  teaches private piano lessons.

Our organist is Laurel Buckwalter. Laurel has a Bachelor of Music in piano, a Master of Science in Education and Carillonneur certification with the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. She and Peter frequently play organ-piano duets for the prelude and at other times in worship. Laurel was a technical specialist in music at Alfred University but is now retired. Laurel is a church Trustee and is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.


Dennis Smith is responsible for cleaning the Church and the Church Center, which means not only cleaning the buildings following the typical Sunday use but also maintaining them during the week for the groups that use the Church Center. Dennis has been on staff since the Fall of 2010.