Pastor & Staff


Rev. Jeffrey Geary

 The Reverend Jeffrey A. Geary was ordained in 1996 to serve the historic Setauket Presbyterian Church (home of George Washington’s Spy Ring), and has been pastor of the White Plains Presbyterian Church for twelve years. Jeff is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, holds certificates in trauma healing, adolescent studies, drug and alcohol counseling and climate science, and pursued doctoral studies in medieval history at SUNY Stony Brook. He has been married to The Rev. Noelle Damico for 29 years and is the proud father of sixteen-year-old August Xavier. When he is not working, studying or parenting he can be found long distance hiking, biking, climbing – anywhere he can be close to nature. Jeff’s ministry and commitment to justice for earth and its peoples has carried him to Cuba, Central America, and Israel/Palestine, as well as to the historic gathering of clergy at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota in 2016 to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In 2021, Jeff’s sabbatical walk of 700 miles on the Potawatomi Trail of Death explored the intersection of colonialism, racism, indigenous rights and reparations. He has served four times as a commissioner to the General Assembly of the PC(USA).

Ruthanne Schempf

Music Director

Dr. Ruthanne Schempf

Organist, Director of Choir and Handbell Choir

Ruthanne is on the faculty of SUNY-New Paltz and teaches piano privately.  She earned undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University and a D.M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music.  She is also a co-founder of the non-profit Hudson Valley Society for Music which produces Potluck Concerts and an annual Hudson Valley BachFest.  Her solo piano recording, An American Mirage: Exotic Piano Images, was released in March of 2009 on the MSR Classics label. In her spare time, she likes to ski, hike, and make music with her oboist husband, Joël Evans.

Melissa McHugh

Village Nursery School Director

Melissa McHugh

The Director of Village Nursery School, Melissa McHugh, holds a Masters degree from Lesley University in Early Childhood Education with a further credential in creative arts in learning and special education. Her bachelors degree is in English and Theater performance. Melissa has been a teacher for twenty five years and taught in both the New York City and Boston private school sectors prior to her tenure at Village Nursery School in 2015. She was raised in the Bronx and moved to Monroe fifteen years ago with her husband and three children. She is an advocate for children and cherishes their energy, curiosity, and wonder.

Administrative Assistant & Website Manager

Ms. Robin Hastey

Robin along with being the administrative assistant she is the website manager and web designer, and is a Cub and Girl Scout volunteer, child wrangler of 4 children and 3 grandchildren 50+ scouts.

Lori Ransom

Clerk of Session

Lori Ransom

As Clerk of Session, Lori is responsible for recording all transactions of the Session and Congregation, as well as keeping the membership rolls and attendance records.  The Clerk also maintains the church registers and is responsible for preserving church records.  Lori holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary Collage.  She spent twenty-five years in the insurance industry and five years as a practice manager for a large orthodontic group.  Lori has served as chairperson of the Cornwall Zoning Board of Appeals for many years.  Lori enjoys family, golf and playing with her golden retrievers.

Rachel Withington


Rachel Withington

Mom of two kids and two dogs. Loves to bake, hike and garden when not crunching numbers.

Emerson Barth


Emerson Barth

Emerson is a student at Cornwall Central High School. He plays piano and cello and loves doing anything musical.