Priest: Canon Melinda Artman
Melinda Artman comes to us from Church of the Ascension in Southern Maryland, which is located in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. For nearly two years, she has served there as Priest-in-Charge helping that parish transition into a one priest/two parish model. Prior to that, she was a Lilly Foundation grant recipient, allowing her to spend her first two years in a clerical role at St. John’s in Ellicott City, Maryland. She was ordained to the Diaconate in 2013 and to the Priesthood in 2014. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. Prior to ordained ministry Melinda had a long career in the urban planning field serving three different communities in norther Virginia (suburban Washington, DC), where she has made her home for the last 30 years. Most of her volunteer time was spent in her local parish in a variety of leadership and formation roles.
Melinda also holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY@Albany. She grew up in western New York in Batavia. She is the eldest of four daughters to an English mother and an American father. She makes her home with her wife, Nina Seebeck, two small dogs and a cat. Together, they particularly enjoy going to craft shows and most of the needle arts. Nina is a free-lance editor and copy writer, with much of her work in the medical, scientific, and performing arts fields as well as with professional associations.
Melinda will be dividing her time between the Church of the Redeemer and St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Sayre. She is thrilled to be leading two parishes within two great Reformed traditions, each seeking a way to be the Body of Christ in our changing world.
Assistant Priest: K. Scott Harvey
K. Scott Harvey is a newly ordained Lutheran pastor in his first call. Prior to his ordination, he completed his internship in Kingston, NY with a congregation working with another congregation to form a joint parish. He attended United Lutheran Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree along with Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation and Certificate in Ecology and Theology.
The Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation helps both clergy and lay faith formation leaders the theoretical and practical training for faith formation within the congregational setting. The Certificate in Ecology and Theology is offered through the Washington Theological Consortium which is an ecumenical and inter-faith team of theological schools. It provides the foundation for future study of theology and ecology while building environmental leadership in church and society.
Prior to becoming clergy, Scott earned an associate degree in computer science from Broome Community College, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University at Buffalo and an associate of applied technology degree in Database Administration from Chattahoochee Technical College. While Scott was attending the University at Buffalo, he worked his way from certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) to Paramedic. While living in Florida, he also completed a lay person’s faith formation program, Diakonia, that allowed him to be a Synod Parish Deacon. He also has over 20 years of banking experience. He currently resides in Sayre, PA with his husband of 28 years.
In addition to serving here part-time, he is called as the part-time assistant Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church and helping as the Transitional Pastor in Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Horseheads, NY. In his spare time, he is on the Lutheran Mission District as a council representative.
Director of Music: Marcella Joy Eddy Chaykosky
Marcella Chaykosky took over the reins of the Redeemer music program in August 2009 after previously directing the music program at Redeemer from 2001 to 2005. Marcella started playing piano at the age of 4 and studied piano and organ with Esther Durgin and Dorothy Shellard. Marcella then played alto saxophone from 4th grade until her High School graduation as a member of the Athens Band. She was also the piano accompanist for the Junior and Senior High School Choruses and the Triple Trio and Trebleaires Groups. Marcella has served as past Church Organist for the Athens Baptist Church, the Athens Presbyterian Church, Athens Trinity Episcopal Church, and Jacksonville, NY Methodist Church. She was also past Choir Director for the Athens Baptist Church, and the Athens Presbyterian Junior and Senior Choirs. Mrs. Chaykosky has also served as director of the Junior and Senior Church Handbell Choirs at Jacksonville, NY and is a past Sunday School Teacher at Athens Baptist Church and Athens Presbyterian Church. She also served as Youth Director with her husband at the Athens Presbyterian Church and has been a piano instructor for 37 years. Marcella is a retired loan office and Assistant Manager for Citizens and Northern Bank having worked there for 27 years.
Marcella and her husband, Walter Chaykosky, Jr., are the parents of Stephen B. Chaykosky, Mrs. Stephanie B. Richardson, Dr. Timothy A Chaykosky, DDS and Mrs. Teresa D. Titus and the proud grandparents of Timothy A. Chaykosky, Jr., Hannah Rose Titus, Heather Rose Titus, Thomas L. Richardson, William W. Richardson and Benjamin H. Richardson.
Parish Administrator:Jerry Evans
The position of Parish Administrator is held by Jerry Evans. The duties of this position are to coordinate the scheduling of the parish hall, printing of the weekly bulletins and the monthly newsletter, and the recording of pledge receipts.printing of the weekly bulletins and the monthly newsletter, and the recording of pledge receipts.
Redeemer Office hours are:
Monday & Wednesday from 8 am until 12 pm
Tuesday & Thursday from 12:30 pm until 4:30 pm
Friday the office is closed.
The Church Office telephone number is (570) 888-2270.
Senior Warden: Linda Murrelle
Junior Warden: Jeff Watson
Treasurer: Bruce Carpenter
Clerk: Diane Siebecker