Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

We are a church in transition. Our former pastor, Rev. Candace Whitman, accepted a new call in June 2021. We are grateful for a talented team of ministers who have been leading us during our search for a new pastor. Rev. Anderson will arrive on the island on November 30. On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 she will share the pulpit with Rev. Pam Vollinger as we kick off our four (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love) Wednesday Community Advent celebrations at 5:15 pm.

 

Rev. Dr. Rosanna Anderson

The Reverend Dr. Rosanna Anderson, an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has served churches in New York City, Cranbury, New Jersey, and Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Anderson was also a member of the denominational staff of The United Methodist Church, specializing in stewardship and intergenerational ministries. She is the author of numerous articles, prayers, devotions, and Bible studies for youth and adults, and she has spoken at conferences across the country. She received her B.A. from Marymount University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and D. Min. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Pastor Rosanna is excited to join the Fishers Island community. Her husband, Dr. Clifford Anderson, is Associate University Librarian and Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, and their son, Theodore, is a sixth-grade student.

 

Diane Dawson Dexter

Administrative Assistant and Organist

diane@fiunionchapel.org

After a long and distinguished career as a science teacher, and after holding other positions such as CEO, accountant, and stay-at-home Mom, Diane retired in 2001 to Fishers Island where she had been coming during summers for most of her life.  While intending to focus on her painting, Diane immediately dove into island life serving in many capacities in the community.  She was also very active at Union Chapel as moderator and deacon, and now serves as our capable and fearless administrative assistant.  We are very blessed to have Diane also as our organist on Sundays.

Diane is an accomplished singer, and has enjoyed horseback riding, competitive ballroom dancing, competitive swimming and diving, tennis, quilting, painting, gardening and reading.  Most importantly, she strongly believes in the importance of family (she has three children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter), education and volunteerism.