Blessing of the St. Paul’s Vestry, the Sunday after the Annual Meeting 2024


The Rev. James E. Reiss

Priest in Charge

Fr. James Reiss is a Long Island native; growing up in East Northport, he heard the call to Ordained Ministry and was sponsored for Holy Orders by Trinity Episcopal Church in Northport. After graduating from SUNY Old Westbury with a degree in Religious Studies and Psychology, he went to Austin, Texas for his Master in Divinity degree from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. There, he focused his studies on Latinx Ministry and received a concentration in Military Chaplaincy. 

Following seminary, Fr. James served as the Curate at Centro Franciscano, a Spanish-speaking Missional Congregation for the Bishop in Riverhead. After a year, he was invited to join St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington as Curate for another year as he cultivated his administrative, leadership, and pastoral skills. He began his ministry as Priest in Charge of St. Paul’s on Palm Sunday 2023. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services, and as an ecumenical partner in the Episcopal/Presbyterian dialogue regarding full communion.

Fr. James is also an officer in the United States Navy. Since seminary, he has been actively pursuing Chaplaincy for the Armed Forces, as a chaplain for the Episcopal Armed Forces and Federal Ministries office. He has felt a strong call to remind all serving this country of God’s unconditional love. He was Navy Chaplain Candidate for six years, who completed Officer Development School in Newport, Rhode Island in August of 2020. Fr. James completed two OJTs (On-the-job Trainings) in San Diego, California (2022) and Norfolk, Virginia (2023). He will be commissioned a Navy Chaplain at St. Paul’s on June 1, 2024.

He was married to Kailee Sievers by Bishop Provenzano at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City in September of 2023. They have three little dogs: Coco, Oreo, and Mocha.

Parish Staff

Ms. Ronny Pliszak

Parish Administrator

Ms. Ronny Pliszak has been our Parish Administrator for over 20 years. In addition to serving the parish community of St. Paul’s Church, she has been a faithful member of the Columbiettes for 34 years, and served as their national president. She loves her family and keeping up with the parish priest.

Mr. Andrew Scheiner

Director of Music

Mr. Andrew Scheiner attended The Crane School of Music and graduated with a degree in Music Education and Euphonium Performance. Currently, Andrew is a teacher for the Commack School district where he teaches kindergarten 1st, and 2nd grade classroom music at Indian Hollow and Rolling Hills Primary Schools. Andrew has been serving as our parish organist, pianist and musical director since 2022.

Vestry (The Lay Leadership)

Mrs. Cathie Pliszak

Warden (until 2024)

Cathie Pliszak is a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Patchogue. She is currently serving as a warden on the vestry; also having previously served as a vestry person,a
warden, and Sunday School teacher. Cathie is married, a retired Special Education teacher, a mother of two adult children, and a grandmother of three who also attend St. Paul’s.

Mr. Dave MacDonald

Warden (until 2025)

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Mr. Scott Harris

Vestry, Class of 2025

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Ms. Robin Krushinski

Vestry, Class of 2025

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Ms. Sharon Minogue

Vestry, Class of 2026

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Ms. Conni Still

Vestry, Class of 2026

Conni has been a member of St. Paul’s since when she was received in 1963. She is one of the Directors of the Thrift Shop, the editor of the Parish Newsletter, serving another turn on the vestry and has served as warden. She belongs to several committees and sang in our former choir. She is a a retired registered pharmacist and worked in our community.

Dr. Dee Laffin

Vestry, Class of 2027

Dorothy “Dee” Laffin has been a member of St. Paul’s Patchogue since 1988. She currently serves on the Diocesan Council, has been a long-time Building and Grounds Committee member and has previously served on the Vestry. Dee is retired after almost 40 years at Suffolk County Community College where she served as Professor of Business Administration and in a variety of campus and college-wide administrative positions.

Ms. Tracy Classon

Vestry, Class of 2027

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Ms. Barbara Lapinski


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