Essex Community Church is a fellowship of Christians whose purpose is to demonstrate the love and truth of God as revealed through Jesus Christ, so that what we believe will be evident by the way we live and serve, and that through us others will come to know God’s love.

Peggy Staats, Licensed Local Pastor of Essex Community Church, Essex, NY.

Peggy Staats, Licensed Local Pastor of Essex Community Church, Essex, NY.

About Our Pastor

Peggy Staats, Licensed Local Pastor of Essex Community Church, succeeds John Hunn as pastor, who retired after 17 years’ service in July 2016.

Peggy has lived in Westport, New York, since 2002. She earned a BA in English from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in elementary education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. On weekdays, she works full-time as a Teacher's Aide in the first grade of Westport Central School.

Peggy is the mother of eight beautiful children.

She and her family have been members of Essex Community Church since 2003. After the heartbreak of losing her devoted husband, Lloyd Staats, to cancer in 2014, she experienced a strong spiritual invitation to pursue training to become a Certified Lay Minister, so she could share her faith and lead others to Christ from the pulpit.