Rev. Jackson is a licensed local pastor appointed to Hurlbut in 2017 to serve as Associate Pastor. He currently serves as Pastor until a replacement can be found for Rev. Carmen Perry. Prior to this appointment, he served as pastor of North Harmony UMC in Sherman, NY for six years. He has served and continues to serve the United Methodist Church in several conference and district level capacities and is involved with the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua. John is retired from careers in engineering and law and the avocation of commercial pilot/flight instructor. He continues to serve as a professional mediator, which he describes as a ministry of helping people resolve disputes in constructive ways. He and his wife Juanita relocated to this community in 2007.
The Rev. Carmen L. Perry is an ordained elder in full connection in the Upper New York Annual Conference. This year she is completed her fifth year as the pastor here at Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church, but has now taken the position of Chaplin for Hospice. She provides pastoral service for Sunday morning services. Prior to moving to The Chautauqua Institution, Rev. Perry served Boulevard United Methodist Church in Binghamton, NY and as an associate pastor in and around the city of Buffalo, NY. Rev. Perry has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, and a Master of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Texas A&M University: Kingsville. Prior to entering seminary, Rev. Perry worked as a licensed speech-language pathologist. Rev. Perry is married. Her husband, the Rev. Nicholas Perry, is also an ordained elder in full connection in the Upper New York Annual Conference. They, along with their son, Nathan, daughter Nadia, yellow Labrador Retriever, Millie, and Collie-Shepherd Mix, Maggie, live here on the grounds year round.
Debbie Caruso lives in Panama NY and has worked at Hurlbut Church as the church Ministries Coordinator since 2001. Prior to coming to Hurlbut Church she was employed at Private Industry Council in Jamestown NY for 7 years and before that 16 years for Chautauqua Opportunities Inc starting in the Mayville office and then moving to the Dunkirk office. As well as her duties at Hurlbut Church, Debbie handles the house reservations, is the off season hostess, and does the bookkeeping for the United Methodist House on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. She also volunteers for Chautauqua County 4-H serving on the Family and Consumer Science committee, organizes the county 4-H Fashion Revue, and does some judging for county presentations. She also volunteers on Saturday mornings for the Chautauqua County Habitat for Humanity working on site at their home renovation projects. Debbie is married to her husband Tom who is retired from the Jamestown BPU. They have two children Andy and Amanda and three grandchildren Nicola, Ben, and Emma.