The Reverend Richard Allen has been a United Methodist pastor for 30 years, and has served the Sayville UMC since 2002. He received his divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His church interests include Bible study, youth and contemporary Christian music; his outside interests include volleyball, the beach and modern instrumental music. He typically visits Starbucks twice a day, which is why some of his sermons seem overcaffeinated.
Lee Schaarschmidt is our music director and the leader of our church choir. He is also the music director for Centereach High School, where he conducts the band during school musicals. For the past few years, he has also been the captain of our church’s softball team, the Seraphim. Lee can play a lot of different instruments, but is especially fond of the guitar. The entire Schaarschmidt family is musical as well. Deb, Becca and Rachel (the latter in college) often help out at church services with voice, guitar, flute, violin, ukulele, maraca and anything else they can find!
Tanae Izumi-Rauseo is our church pianist. She is also a NYC school teacher, and we’re very proud of her recent accomplishments! One of her favorite songs is Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Tanae also loves Disney movies and the beach. If a Disney movie ever screened outdoors at the beach while people were singing and dancing, it would be her best day ever! As part of our youth leadership team, Tanae also helps to plan youth and lead youth events throughout the year. In the past few months, she has also taught herself how to play the organ!
Pam Austin and Dot Gaynor are our church sextons. They help keep the church shiny and clean and set up and break down tables and chairs for all of our big events. Pam and Dot can usually be spotted holding coffee cups from 7-11. They are also avid fans of the Yankees and Giants, and hope that 2018 will bring good fortune to each New York team. If you see them around the church, be sure to say hello and thank you!
Beth Keating is our church administrative assistant. Beth comes to us from a background in education – she has been a preschool teacher for 18 years. Her specialty is in tying literature to the learning process, and trying to make the stories come alive for the kids. She enjoys “anything Disney, except Frozen.” (Don’t even start singing, “The cold never bothered me anyway…” Winter is Beth’s least favorite time of the year!)
Thank you to all of our staff for their dedication and service ~ it’s more than just a job!