Reverend Stephen Deckard,Pastor 

I am delighted to be in ministry with the community of Marcellus and the people of the Marcellus UMC. You are an historic, active mission oriented congregation.  I am honored to be appointed in retirement to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the love of God in worship, learning, and team settings. I will seek to listen to your life stories, your joys and your pain.  God will grace us as we share and pray together. My prayers are for wholeness, healing, and abundant life for each one of you and those we meet along the way.

I have had the privilege of training for my life of service at the College of Forestry at Syracuse, Syracuse University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary.  Across the 47 years of ministry in these New York annual conferences, I have learned from lay and clergy friends about the amazing grace of God.  The opportunities of ministry in churches, districts, conferences and across the world have humbled me and blessed my life.

Pam and I have been married 35 years this summer and our blended family includes five wonderful adult children and their spouses, along with four grandchildren.  We recently moved into our retirement home in Manlius.  I have one sister, who is married and lives in South Carolina.  Pam’s mother lives in East Syracuse and many of her 6 brothers and sisters live in the Syracuse area.

I do have hobbies and activities for relaxation.   I anticipate enjoying these along the way as I share this time of ministry with you all at the Marcellus UMC.  May God bless our journey together,


Laurie Kenyon

Office Manager – Laurie Kenyon came to our ministry fall, 2015, and has quickly become invaluable as she uses her gifts and graces to help with all things creative, grace-filled and well, office!  She comes to us from a  career in PR for government, the medical industry, business to business arenas and church office administration.  If you like to volunteer in office things – see Laurie and she can help you use your gifts and graces!  Send information to Laurie for administrative, newsletter and bulletin items:


sally's backSally Bailey, Director of Music Ministries

Sally Bailey has given her gifts of music to the Lord for years and we at Marcellus UMC are grateful for this blessing!  She has a career in music education through public schools, Community College and private piano studio as well as a specialization in church music leadership. Sally leads the Sanctuary choir, plays piano in the praise band, and accompanies soloists.


Karen Lewien, Organist

Karen Lewien is a steadfast and faithful musician who plays the organ each Sunday in our 9:30 AM worship service – come early to worship to hear the beautiful selections she shares as gathering music for the prelude to worship.  She has enjoyed a career in education and serving the most vulnerable among us, as well as her giftedness at the organ with sacred music.

Praise Band Leader: this position is currently available and we are waiting for God to send us the person God knows we need.  Praise be to God.  If you play guitar or keys, drums or bass and would like to give some leadership to music and musicians in praise of the Lord – we have a paid position at our church waiting to empower you with grace and love.  Come work with our music director and team of loving folks who gift the Lord with music! We are prayerfully looking to create an evening worship time for our band, and you can give leadership to this purpose!  call the office: 315-673-3239

Susan Ranous, CPA, is our MUMC Book keeper and additionally, a candidate for Deacon’s Orders as ordained in the UMC.  We are delighted to have Susan on our staff, helping us in our mission and ministry of finance and stewardship; we are equally delighted to support Susan in her ordination journey as she helps us, and other local church communities, pray into their relationship with steward ministry.  Praise be to God!

Darlene Hyde, Sexton: In this staff position at our faith community Darlene sees to it that tables and chairs are where they need to be when they are needed. She makes sure the immediate needs of the building are tended to, and works with the trustees to see that we are kept in top shape for the work of the Lord in our community!  You may also know Darlene from her work as the host and organizer of the senior lunch program, Peace lunches.

Jason King, Custodian: Jason is the owner of King of the Mountain, custodial services and he and his team keep our beautiful building clean, and sometimes even sparkling!  We know that Jason cares about the work he does and we are appreciative of his efforts.  You may recognize Jason’s art work for he has a degree in studio art from Syracuse University.  His paintings are glorious. Here is a picture of our church he painted for our bicentennial.