Christ alone is the Head of the Church. We all strive to be servant leaders here at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Douglas Adkison, born in 1968, grew up in the River Valley of Russellville, Arkansas. He graduated from Russellville High School with honors in 1987, from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater in 1992, from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a Master of Divinity degree in 1995, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2011. Before being called to Chapel by the Sea, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida in 2014, Dr. Adkison served churches in Indiana (1994-1997); Arkansas (1997-2008); and Missouri (2008-2013). He has pilgrimaged to Israel twice, in addition to Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
In addition to parish ministry, he served as a Pastoral Counselor at both Norton Psychiatric Hospital and Dismas Charities (St. Patrick’s Halfway House) in Louisville from 1995 to 1997. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Speech Communication at Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri from 2011 to 2013. He served as a member of the Chaplaincy Corp of Hannibal Regional Hospital and served as its President in 2013-2014. Dr. Adkison enjoys his family and friends, fishing, aviation, motorcycles, reading, travel, playing and listening to music, and martial arts.
He is married to Amy Taylor Adkison and they share three children: Hannah, April, and Taylor.
Linda Shelton Betjeman has been the Minister of Music at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church since 2007. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, New York City, where she received a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting. During her 50-year career in church music she has served in congregations in Manhattan, Westchester County, and Long Island.
Linda has been a recitalist at concert series in Manhattan, Westchester, and Rockland Counties, and has performed as a soloist in England and Italy (including St. Peter’s in Rome). She has been a keyboard soloist (organ, harpsichord, piano) with the Broadway Bach Ensemble of Manhattan and has performed with the Chappaqua Chamber Orchestra and Mimosa Chamber Ensemble of Manhattan. Additionally, Linda has been the accompanist for Taghkanic Chorale and Tri-County Opera of northern Westchester and has taught on the music faculty of the Walden-Lincoln and Trevor Day School in New York City as well as the Riverdale Country School and Sarah Lawrence College.
Linda is currently the Director of the Shelter Island Community Chorus and summer organist-choir director at Union Chapel in the Grove, Shelter Island.
Katherine is a preacher's wife and mother of three grown daughters who has a lot of experience in church life. She was trained as a school teacher (English) and home schooled her children K-12. Her children are all college graduates and one has a Master's Degree in Theology while the other two are graduate students.
In addition to her experience as a school teacher, Katherine worked in mental health and as Director of a ministry focused on homeless and chronically unemployed adults to guide them in returning to work. For the last few years Katherine has worked in many positions at Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead including Executive Assistant and Assistant to the Director of Finance. During Pandemic years Katherine completed a training program and is a Certified Spiritual Director.
Five years ago Katherine and her husband John moved to Shelter Island and he began his work at the East End Church of Christ in East Hampton. Katherine also works part-time at the Shelter Island Public Library.
Ruling elders are so named not because they "lord it over" the congregation, but because they are chosen by the congregation...to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders (pastors), exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of the congregation as well as the whole church. (Book of Order - G-2.0301)
Class of 2021: Marianne Baird, Peter Vielbig, Laura Nelsen
Class of 2022: Marilynn Pysher, Heather Reylek, Karin Bennett
Class of 2023: Dan Binder, Ellen Gove
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burned by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. (Book of Order - G-2.0201)
Class of 2021: Rachel Brigham, Cindy Griffin
Class of 2022: Alison Binder, Sharon Donno, Roswitha Wissemann
Class of 2023: Brenda Bergman, Colleen Smith, Elsie Mae Brigham, Lauren Gibbs
This is the team of people who are elected by the congregation to put forth nominations for congregational vote for elections of Ruling Elders and Deacons.
Class of 2021: Heather Reylek, Lee Anne Bastible, John Miller, Cindy Griffin