Our Pastors

Reverend Cathy Surgenor

Cathy Surgenor has served the Hudson River Presbytery since moving here in 1997 to pastor the Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church. She has served White Plains and Wappinger’s Falls as interim pastor and Mount Kisco as interim associate pastor. 

She also served as chaplain to the Wassaic DDSO facility for five years. Most recently she served as long term pulpit supply at

South Salem Presbyterian Church. She has been a member/chair of the Grants Committee, member of the Personnel Committee and currently serves on Council. Cathy has served on the Hudson River Presbytery Self Development of People Committee and

served on the PUCSA National SDOP Committee for 7 years. She earned a DMin from New York Theological Seminary in 2011. Before going into ministry Cathy and her family were missionary co-workers in Njombe Tanzania for three years.  She has also

been an accompanier to the Presbyterian Church in Colombia, SA.  Peter joined her during her last accompaniment in 2018.   Before becoming a missionary Cathy worked at Lord Corporation on strategic/long term planning.  

Reverend Peter Surgenor

Peter Surgenor served Holmes Camp and Retreat Center (Holmes, NY) and Crestfield (Slippery. Rock, PA) as Executive Director and Director for over 40 years.  He served as the second pastor to three Western Pa churches for three years before moving to camps.  He was the director at Crestfield (the camp and retreat center of Pittsburgh Presbytery for 23 years before moving to Holmes Camp and Retreat Center.  During his camp ministry he has been active in the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (serving as Board member, President and member of the Consultants Network) and the American Camp Association (serving local affiliates and as a member and also President of the National Board of Directors). He has been Moderator of Hudson River Presbytery and affiliate Presbytery staff member.  Peter volunteers at the Riverport Boat Building School in Kingston, NY. 


Peter and Cathy Surgenor live in Newburgh, NY and are active volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Newburgh and enjoy rowing

and kayaking on the Hudson River. They have five daughters and six grandchildren who keep them busy. 

Our Session

Elders are elected to oversee the preaching of the Gospel, continuity of Sacraments, nurture the community, and lead the church financially.

Class of 2020: Michael Albright, Brittany Brook, Sheila O'Donnell,  James Phillips

Class of 2021:  Janice Anderson, Jeff Bousche, Dave Young

Class of 2022: Theresa Cotanche, Merle Hennessey, Robert Khare

Our Deacons

Ordained Deacons are called to a ministry of "compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming life of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress". Book of Order

Class of 2020: Kathy Barry, Alana Gervais, Mina Parks, Mary Whidden

Class of 2021: Alex Neighbors, Arminda Porretto, Sue Young,

Class of 2022: Cathy McCarty, Chris Neighbors, Sue Sloat, Donna Trafagander

Our Treasurer

Richard Smith is a native Newburgher. He came to Union in 1977 when the First United Presbyterian Church merged with and into Union Church. He served on the first Session of the merged church and since that time has served the church in many different roles. He has been the Treasurer since 2014.

Our Music Program

Margaret Small, Music Director, organist, and pianist; Nancy Stelling, Bell Choir Director

Dr. Margaret Small is our music director and a gifted choir director who brings natural encouragement, enthusiasm, and humor to the choir. Margaret has been our music director and organist for many years. The whole congregation is extremely grateful to have her talents in our midst. 

New members welcome! This is a great opportunity to sing and learn from a welcoming and gifted choir director and meet new friends. Rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 9:30 am. 

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