Before arriving at Freedom Plains in 2003, Paul served churches in New York City and Carmel NY. Growing up in the Reformed Church of New Paltz, NY, Paul became a Presbyterian at the College of Wooster in Ohio. For a couple of years was a social worker in the Hudson Valley before attending Union Seminary in New York City. Paul says that, the desire that lead him to Seminary still keeps him passionate about ministry today, to build up the body of Christ. Married to Christine, they have two Children Daniel and Helena. In his free time Paul enjoys, time with family and friends, traveling, fishing, golf and being outside.
An award-winning composer, pianist, and singer, Lorraine is also a lifelong church musician. She received a B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and a M.M. from Purchase Conservatory and went on to work as a keyboardist, coach, and music director in New York City and to compose music for television and film. She has completed dozens of commissioned sacred works for individuals, churches and nationwide organizations. Songs from her solo CDs have been played on radio and streaming services and sung in churches worldwide. Lorraine says she is most happy behind the piano or organ with a full choir singing in front of her. She is especially grateful and thankful to her teachers, Anya Laurence and Shirley Cohen, for making a life in music possible.
The parish nurse acts as health counselor and educator, advocate for the congregation, and communication link with community health services to provide referrals. As part of the pastoral care team, the parish nurse makes visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral parlors to support and pray with you and your loved ones.