The Reverend Dr. Constance Y. Pak is a dedicated and experienced pastor, beginning her ministry in Sayville after 13 years in Ronkonkoma. She has two doctorates, has traveled the world, loves working with kids and practices kickboxing in her spare time. She loves the Lord and her faithful witness and compassionate counseling are two of her many strengths. Pastor Constance is delighted to serve such a kind and caring church! She writes, “If you are looking for a church home, we would be pleased for you to consider The Sayville UMC. May God bless you!”
Lee Schaarschmidt is our music director and the leader of our church choir and band. In 2021, he retired from his position as the music director for Centereach High School, even though he is not old. For the past few years, he has also been the captain of our church’s softball team, the Seraphim. Lee plays a lot of different instruments, but is especially fond of the bass guitar and trumpet, which he has brought to good use during pandemic worship over the past year. He is also the leader of our church band, which for one week was called Lee of Faith but is usually called Ava & the Avas.
Tanae Izumi-Rauseo is our church keyboardist, proficient on piano and organ. She is also a NYC school teacher. 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, and for the past few years she has been the head of our worship committee as well.
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 2022 will bring good fortune to each New York team. If you see them around the church, be sure to say hello and thank you!
Mary McGee is our Office Administrator. She is the former postmaster of Bohemia and a regular volunteer at Sharing a Meal. She is working mostly from home, coming to the office once or twice a week in person.
Jean Steck is our church bookkeeper, and does the hard work of keeping our financial records accurate and our bills paid. She is normally in the office in the early evening twice a week (but please call first!)
Thank you to all of our staff for their dedication and service ~ it’s more than just a job!