Church Staff


Laurie DeMottOur pastor is the Reverend Laurie DeMott. Laurie graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Biology and from Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. She began her ministry with the Union University Church in 1983 bringing an unusual blend of biblical exegesis, science, and fondness for dog stories to the pulpit. In 1999, Alfred University awarded her with an honorary doctorate for her ministry in the community and her work as the University’s part-time Interfaith Advisor.

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Lana Meissner is our Church 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, 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:

Music Staff

Peter O'Conner smallOur pianist 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 piece to conclude worship with Peter on piano and Vern Burdick, a member of the congregation, on guitar. In addition to his work at the church, Peter also accompanies dance classes at Alfred University and teaches private piano

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 Laurel Buckwalter smallNorth America. She and Peter frequently play organ-piano duets for worship, and Laurel also brings to the church a gifted family who provide additional instrumental and vocal music
frequently. Laurel works full-time as technical specialist in music at Alfred University where she teaches piano lessons, piano class, accompanies for ensembles and plays the 47 bell Davis Memorial Carillon.


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