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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 as well as the Otego United Methodist Church in nearby Otego, NY. He is pursuing his degree from Wesley Theological Seminary based out of Washington D.C. and is slated to graduate in 2023. In addition to his service as pastor to this new parish, he also serves as secretary for both the Oneonta District Committee on Superintendency as well as secretary for the Committee on Equitable Compensation and Benefits for the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Pastor John, along with his wife, Nicholette have lived in Oneonta for the past 15 years. They have four cats. An avid mountain climber, passionately devoted to the Catskill Mountain range, Pastor John 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.

“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



Audie Yager

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

2021 Annual Report

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

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