Our Staff

Rev. James E. Dorner II

Pastor

Pastor Dorner was born and raised in a Cleveland Ohio. Challenged by a dedicated and beloved high school teacher to study the Bible, Pastor found an immediate love for studying the scriptures and how it shows Gods love. Upon graduating from the Lay Ministry program at Concordia University-Wisconsin, Pastor spent 11 years in ministry in Dix Hills, NY on Long Island where he met his wife, Chelsea, a graduate of St. Rose who fell in love with Albany. Feeling the call to full time ministry Pastor Dorner left Long Island to attend Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Drawing on his love of New York and his wife’s connections to Albany he excitedly arrived at St. Paul’s at the beginning of a time for transition – a changing neighborhood, an aging building, two churches in need of a Pastor, followed by a global pandemic. He is excited to see the future of both St. Paul’s and St. Matthew as we move forward to a new beginning in our new location across from Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland.

An avid Cleveland Browns fan and part time home brewer, Pastor Dorner lives in Guilderland with his wife, Chelsea, who is a music teacher in the Albany School district, and three young children.


James Roberts

Deacon

James is one of our deacons. Raised in a Roman Catholic household, James was introduced to the faith by an uncle. Upon exploring the Bible James fell in love with the rich biblical heritage of the Lutheran Church and began studying to become a deacon. James works in the information technology industry and lives in Rensselaer County with his wife and two young sons.


Ed Kleinke

Deacon

A landscape designer by trade, Ed is a longtime member of St. Matthew’s and served diligently to insure worship during their pastoral vacancy. Ed lives in Delmar with his wife.

Diane Kingston

Church Secretary

Diane is the glue that holds the church together. In addition to being the church secretary and keeping everything organized Diane serves as the Vice-President and worship director who produces our live streams.

Diane lives in Albany with her husband Tom, a local business leader, and near her children and grandchildren.


Arnold Seim CAGO

Organist and Choirmaster

Arnold is an experienced and accomplished musician who was originally a member at St. Matthew’s until he met his wife Wilma, a member at St. Paul’s. Originally from New York City, Arnold is an avid Yankees and baseball fan who is eager to share the Hall of Fame stars he watched as a kid as well as the many ways God has blessed him. A man who is always smiling especially when he is enjoying his post church beer.


Craig Jones

Church Sexton

Originally from Jamaica, Craig keeps our church looking in tip top shape between balancing his job and helping anyone and everyone he can. Craig is a father to two daughters.

Church Council

Alan Alexander
Congregational President

Diane Kingston
Vice President

Sheryl Baum
Recording Secretary

Anne Ragoni
Finance Trustee

Mark Simmons & Andrew VanAcker
Properties Trustee

Lori Seim
Treasurer

Julie Alexander
Financial Secretary

Chris Anderson
HR Trustee / Webmaster

Elders

Alan Alexander
Chief Elder

James Roberts

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