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Our Mission

The mission of Elm Park is to love as God loves, to serve as Christ serves, to live as directed by the Holy Spirit. As a community of believers, the Elm Park Church is committed to discipleship, spiritual growth, caring for, and forgiving each other, the inclusion of all people, and Christian service in the Greater Oneonta community and the world in which we live.

Our Staff


Rev. John W. Buddle

Rev. John W. Buddle serves both the Elm Park United Methodist Church in West Oneonta, NY and the Otego United Methodist Church in nearby Otego, NY. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary based out of Washington D.C.  In addition to his service as pastor to this parish, he also serves as the Chairperson of the District Committee on Superintendency, the Secretary of the Committee on Equitable Compensation for the Upper New York Conference and is a member of the District Committee on Ministry.

Pastor John, along with his wife, Nicholette have lived in Oneonta for the past 15 years. They have five cats. An avid mountain climber, passionately devoted to the Catskill Mountain range, he is a member of the Catskill 3500 Club and also competes in Otsego County seasonal hiking challenges. He enjoys watching baseball, basketball, and almost any documentary. He is also a member of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.

“Do the best you can until you know better.

Then when you know better, do better.”

~Maya Angelou

Contact Pastor John: 

(607) 386-2449

Administrative Assistant


Teresa Wood

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Organist / Pianist


Kyle LaFever



Thayne Wood

401 Chestnut Street
Oneonta, NY 13820

We are located in Oneonta, NY at 401 Chestnut Street in Oneonta, New York, at the corner of Chestnut Street and Ceperley Ave, just across Chestnut from the Rite-Aid store.

You can also find us online:
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How To Find Us

2022 Annual Report

Click here to read more about the past year at Elm Park.

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