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Rev. Donna Elia
Moderator, Albany Presbytery
Executive Director, Troy Area United Ministries
Pastor, First United Church, Hoosick Falls

"Trying To Sell Popsicles"

Donna Elia grew up in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from LaSalle University, maxima cum laude. After teaching in the School District of Philadelphia for several years, she felt a call to ordained ministry and went to Princeton Theological Seminary, receiving her Master of Divinity degree in 1989. After graduation, she was called to be pastor of Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church (NY), where she served until 1995. She then served as associate pastor and then as acting head of staff of First Presbyterian Church in Albany. In October 2000, Donna Elia accepted the position of executive director of Troy Area United Ministries, an ecumenical organization committed to serving those in need, advocating for social justice, and building stronger communities. From 2001 through 2006, she was moderator of Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church (son Luke, who was born during her tenure with Rensselaerville is now nearly 11!). Since January 2007, she has also been serving as stated supply pastor of First United Church in Hoosick Falls.
She is currently moderator of Albany Presbytery, and a member of the Kirkridge Retreat Center Board of Trustees. In conjunction with Albany Presbytery’s partnership with the Mam Presbytery, she has been to Guatemala 7 times. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, theater, travel, Taekwondo, and spending time with family and friends. God willing, she will earn a black belt degree in Taekwondo next year and of necessity, blends spiritual, physical and academic rigor with a passion for social justice.


Jon Walton is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He earned his M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York City and his D.Min. degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.  He has previously served congregations in New Canaan, Connecticut; Setauket, New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.   He is the former co-moderator of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and continues to serve as a member of the board.  A noted preacher, he has spoken at some of America’s most well known pulpits including the Washington National Cathedral,  and innumerable college, seminary, and conference settings.  His lectures and sermons are published in a wide variety of sermon anthologies, books on preaching, and articles in professional journals.  He is the author of the book, Imperfect Peace: Teaching Sermons on Troubling Texts. - See more at: http://www.fpcnyc.org/about-us/pastoral-staff/getting-to-know-the-pastors.html#sthash.7DqSI0rf.dpuf
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The Presbyterian Church USA has published a new, updated hymnal, "Glory to God", which we are using. We replaced the old hymnals with this new one by "borrowing" church operating funds..  Won’t you help defray the cost by purchasing one or more at $20 each, perhaps in honor of or in memory of a loved one? A personalized bookplate with your name as the donor and the honoree(s) will be placed inside each one. Click here to download a  form for your tax deductible hymnal(s) purchase. Use it for a gift to the church also. Please consider how our church has enriched your life and that of the Rensselaerville community and how necessary it is that it continues to do so. Thank you!




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