Staff and Lay Leadership

Rev. Dr. Mark Ledbetter

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Mark was appointed to Eastern Parkway July 1, 2017 after teaching philosophy, religious studies, and American studies at colleges and universities for over twenty-five years. While teaching, he was also a part-time or full time pastor at several United Methodist churches. Mark comes to EPUMC after a Fulbright year of teaching and research in the American Studies program at the University Bergen, Norway.

Mark received his BA degree in Speech Theory and Rhetoric from Auburn University, his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and, after a year of research at the University of Durham, England, went on to complete his Ph.D. at Emory University in the area of Culture, Ethics, and Interpretive Theories.

Mark and his spouse Susan Cumings have a fourteen-year-old daughter, Annie Grace, and live in Delmar, NY. An older daughter, Weldon, lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Mark enjoys the outdoors, fishing, reading, and writing.

Music director

Betsy Lehmann

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Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Lehmann, music director at Eastern Parkway UMC, also teaches voice and keyboard at the College of St. Rose and conducts the Schenectady Choral Society.

She received a doctorate in choral conducting from Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana, where she was an associate instructor and conductor.  Earlier, Betsy earned a master of arts degree in music history from San Francisco State University, California, and a bachelor of arts degree in music theory and history from SUNY Geneseo.

Betsy appeared as Tolomeo in Upstate Chamber Opera's production of "Giulio Cesare" and has sung with Opera Saratoga.

Betsy is a resident of Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Chapman

Jenny lives in Schenectady with her husband, Gerry, and three dogs.  They have a daughter Mackenzie and son Connor.  Her interests are spending time with family, music, reading, crafts, and travel.

Co-Lay Leader; Team Leader/Safe Sanctuary

Desiree Chaires

Co-Lay Leader

Sue Williams

Vice Chair/Church Council; Lay Member to Annual Conference

Bob Bour

Chair/Church Council

Randall Roeser


Carol Haack

Chair/Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee

Brenda Morrow

Chair/Finance Committee

Julia Miller

Financial Secretary

Diana Carter


Jan Kountz

Team Leader/Church School

Barb Lewis

Team Leader/Member Care

Judy Lott

Secretary/Church Council; Team Leader/Communications

Cathy Woodruff

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