Pastor & Staff

Patricia Calahan


Rev. Patricia Calahan

Pastor Tricia has been our pastor since 2011, enjoying growth in ministry and mission along with the wonderful people of CPC. Tricia is motivated to ministry by a strong conviction that God loves all people and that this truth has the power to change the way we perceive ourselves and how we live in the world. Prior to her time at CPC, Tricia was the Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at Davis Community Church in Davis, California. She earned her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Tricia is also an accomplished violinist, with degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in our beautiful surroundings and vegetarian cooking with her teenager, who now goes by the name Ace.

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.

Rebecca Kashinski

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Rebecca Kashinski

Rebecca has been the administrative assistant since January of 2020. Her true passion being photography and art, she is the chair of a local art group and also works at Storm King Art Center. She also volunteers her time with the church’s mission committee and is co-chair of the Backpacks For Food program.

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.

Robin Hastey

Website Manager

Robin Hastey

Web Designer, PA for non-profit art group, stage hand, Cub and Girl Scout Volunteer, Child Wrangler of 4 children and 3 grandchildren 50+ scouts.

Emerson Barth


Emerson Barth

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