Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Rev. Kaitlyn Wood

Lead Pastor

Kaitlyn graduated from Northeastern Seminary in May 2018 and was ordained and installed as the lead pastor at United Church that fall. A native of the area, Kaitlyn lives in Cohoes with her husband Matthew and their 3 boys (Levi, Jonah, and Aaron). When they are not at church, you can usually find them at the Cohoes Little League fields.

Rev. Nicholas TeBordo

Associate Pastor - Care & Senior Ministry

Nick has been at United Church since his graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1977. He is partially retired, but you wouldn't know it! He loves visiting and encouraging people. Nick has started planting small groups in senior living communities and helps lead our prayer ministry. When he's not at church, you can find he and his wife Roberta with their 15 grandchildren or traveling the country in their RV!

Kim Hitchcock

Worship Coordinator & Choir Director

Kim has been on staff at United Church since her college years. She coordinates all of our Sunday morning teams and services. Kim also directs our church choir, children's music, and special choral performances. Kim teaches elementary music and band at a local school. When she's not directing music, you can find Kim and her family camping in the Adirondacks or cheering for the Yankees!

Louisa Vaughan

Next Gen Coordinator

Louisa oversees and coordinates all of our Nex Gen and Family ministry initiatives. Louisa is passionate about coming alongside families as they live out their faith. She wants all of our students to know their value and to experience God's love! Louisa is a school social worker locally. When she isn't at church, you can find Louisa teaching carseat safety classes or at her family camp with her husband Jon and their 6 beautiful children!

Melody & AJ Nadeau

Growth & Discipleship

Melody & AJ Nadeau moved to Cohoes from Western NY. They brought with them a love for Scripture, the gift of hospitality, and a vision of life changing small groups. Together, they oversee our Growth & Discipleship initiatives including Bible Studies, small groups, and conferences. Melody teaches ESOL at a local university and AJ works in construction and renovation. When they aren't at church you can find them visiting their grandkids and cheering on the Mets!

Katie Flynn

Middle & High School Lead

Katie is a recent graduate of SUNY Oneonta where she studied education. She has been our middle and high school youth leader since 2018. Katie loves to teach Scripture and wants to see teenagers discipled well through their school years. She has a heart for service and loves a good messy game. When Kate isn't at church you can find her wedding planning, reading, and crafting!

Kathie Scoville

Infant & Toddler Nursery

"Grandma Kathie" is a staple at United Church. Kathie loves caring for the youngest members of our community and leading them in the foundations of the Bible. She also loves to come alongside parents and has a passion for encouraging mothers of young children. Kathie works as an aid at a local high school and has 4 grown children and 1 grandson of her own! When she is not at church, you can find Kathie camping with her husband and making memories with family and friends.

Jessica Kestens

Connections Coordinator

Jessica has the gift of hospitality and wants everyone to leave church feeling seen. She heads up our Connections ministry and works with a team to make first time guests feel welcome and new members find their community. When she's not at church, you can find Jessica walking her dog, traveling with her sister, and baking up a storm!

Shawna Scoville

Outreach Coordinator

Shawna works to oversee all of our community outreach initiatives, external events, and communication. Shawna is a gifted event planner with a love of beautiful design. She works in advancement at a local university. When Shawna isn't at church, you can find her traveling for concerts and plays, crafting, and spending time with her friends and family!