President, Rev. Stephany Graham

Head Pastor Peekskill Presbyterian Church is in her first year as President.


Vice Presidents: 

Rev. Dr. Robert Young, Head Pastor Mount Olivet Baptist Church  

 Rev. Gary Coulter, Head Pastor Mount Lebanon Baptist Church


Treasurer, Rev. Jeannette Phillips

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

 

Secretary

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, Rev. Karen Brammer,

Minister of 4th Unitarian Society of Northern Westchester County 

Co-Director of Communications, Chris Malmgreen-Wallen  Chaplain at NY Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

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

Vision

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.

History

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.