Rev. Teressa McConnell Sivers is a graduate of Duke Divinity School at Duke University in North Carolina. Pastor Teressa was appointed to First UMC Oneonta beginning her ministry with the church as of July 1, 2008. She served the Lakeville United Methodist Church in the northern Pocono region of Pennsylvania for prior to her appointment here. Pastor Teressa also served churches in Durham, North Carolina. She moved to Durham from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she served in several capacities at Broadmoor UMC--youth counselor, outreach ministries, UMW, Adult Sunday School teacher.
The Pastor's first career was in mental health counseling and case management. She worked four years as a counselor in Mansfield, PA at a halfway house for the chronically mentally ill. She then served as the Director of Case Management for Bethany Village Retirement Center in Horseheads, NY (outside of Elmira).
In our Annual Conference-the Upper New York Annual Conference, Pastor Teressa serves as chairperson of the Sessions Committee and has helped with several educational seminars within the district and conference.
Pastor Teressa is married to Douglas R. Sivers, a registered nurse and teacher of nursing at SUNY Delhi. Doug and Pastor Teressa have two children. Devyn is 18 years old and a senior at Oneonta High School. Aidan is 13 years old and in 8th grade at the Oneonta Middle School.