Pastor

Message From The Pastorjoyce-communion
Welcome to the Old Saratoga Reformed Church! Whether you are a member, friend of the congregation, or newcomer, we thank you for your interest. We’re glad for this opportunity to tell you about the life and ministries of our congregation. Our church has played a vital role in the historic village of Schuylerville for many years. We hope you’ll come visit us! In God’s grace and peace,
– Pastor Joyce deVelder

About the Pastor
Pastor Joyce deVelder and family have been living at Old Saratoga since 1982. She and her husband David and their son Mikael (31) have lived in the church parsonage throughout this time and their son Nathaniel (36) currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. In her 31 years of service Joyce has focused on strengthening community interaction, maintaining a joyous and service oriented house of worship, and providing a helping hand to those in need. In 1979, Pastor Joyce was one of the first women to be ordained in the Reformed Church in America. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Hope College and her Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in 1976. She and David then moved from her home state of Michigan to New York, where they have lived ever since.