President, Archbishop Michael Javchak Champion 

Vice Presidents,The Reverend George Coniglio

Treasurer, Rev. Jeannette Phillips

Minister, AME Park Street Peekskill
 Executive Vice President, Community Development Hudson River Health Center


Rev. Jan Nunley, priest-in-charge of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Peekskill, is in her second year as Secretary of PAPA.


Director of Communications, Sister Jessica Nevins 

Board Member at Large, Rev. Gary Battle,

Minister of Refuge Church of Peekskill, is serving his second year as a Board Member at Large of PAPA.



Our Vision & History


The Peekskill Area Pastors Association is an interfaith collegium of religious leaders of the greater Peekskill area.  The purpose of the association is two-fold: to provide occasions for fellowship among religious leaders and persons in specialized ministries and to enable the leaders to address interfaith issues that will benefit the congregations and communities of the greater Peekskill area.


Throughout its history PAPA has placed a special emphasis on social justice issues. We were instrumental in creating the Jan Peek Shelter, Peekskill’s homeless shelter, which now is operated by CHOP, Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill. For many years PAPA has run a noon-time free lunch program in downtown Peekskill. We offer a free Thanksgiving Dinner annually for the entire community.  PAPA has spoken up in defense of the rights of our immigrant community, and befriended an immigrant worker who was attacked in front of his home.   We supported the One Peekskill program which celebrated the artistic expression of the many communities that make up Peekskill’s population.

At the same time, members of PAPA share their own personal spiritual journeys during our monthly meetings as a way to celebrate our diversity.