Interim Pastor – Pamela J. Peterson

Rev. Pamela Peterson serves as the Interim Minister to Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church while the church undertakes the task of searching for a new permanent pastor. Rev. Peterson holds a Masters of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (2011) where she was awarded the Dr. LeRoy Aden Scholarship in Pastoral Care and served as Student Body President. After finishing her seminary studies Rev. Peterson completed her Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford CT where she focused her studies on the healing power of laughter. During her residency she served as the chaplain for the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, the Cardiac ICU and in Emergency Medicine. Upon completion of her residency she was ordained in the United Church of Christ as both a parish pastor and chaplain. Pastor Pam served the Central Village Congregational Church in Central Village Connecticut as Senior Pastor and Hartford Hospital as the Trauma and Neuro Intensive Care Staff Chaplain. In August of 2015 Pastor Pam accepted the position of summer pastor for the Raquette Lake Community Chapel, which she continues to oversee.

Rev. Peterson is available to the community for weddings, funerals and pastoral care. She can be reached at the office of Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church at 315-369-3475 or by e-mail at


Pastor 2004-2016 – Lawrence H. Bartel

Pastor Lawrence joined the ministry of Niccolls Church in February 2004. Together with the congregation, a vision of contextual discipleship emerged that embraced the unique Adirondack context which surrounds Old Forge while cultivating the church’s already deeps roots through generations of faithful worship and mission.

This discipleship takes a variety of forms including Sabbath Time.  In the midst of life’s fullness, the congregation and guests take Sabbath Time for weekly walks and paddles in the summer as well as snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.

In the fall of 2014, Pastor Lawrence joined a good friend who is a Roman Catholic priest to paddle the Adirondack Canoe Classic (Lawrence’s seventh time). The course of this three-day race covers the ninety miles between Old Forge and Saranac Lake. In the fall of 2013, the two of walked the 120-mile Northville-Placid Trail that winds through the most remote regions of the Adirondacks.

In 2012, Lawrence traveled to Europe on a family sabbatical exploring the theme of “Walking with God” on Holy Ground.  In that season he walked the final 200 miles of the Camino de Santiago and then experienced the interior spiritual journey of walking the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France.

When he’s not outside, Lawrence loves to engage the power of stories through journaling, books, film, music and the arts.