Church Leadership & Staff


The Rev. Dr. Melissa Lynn DeRosia graduated from Alma College and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with awards in the interpretation of scripture and Christian life. Following the completion of a chaplain residency program working with the spiritual needs of child and adolescent psychiatric patients, she received a call to serve as pastor of a congregation in Michigan.Currently, Melissa is the pastor and head of staff at Gates Presbyterian Church. In 2018 she received a doctorate in Ministry emphasis in Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding. She lives with her husband Matt and two young daughters, Lillian and Norah in nearby Chili. Passionate and dedicated to follow God’s call in the changing landscape of the church, she has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Lake Huron and as an elected member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly Mission Council. Melissa is co-author of the book “The Girlfriends’ Clergy      Companion: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry” published by the Alban Institute in 2011.

Youth Director

Pamela Dayton is a senior at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and looks forward to graduating with a Master of Divinity degree next May. Prior to attending CRCDS, Pamela earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Kilns College in Bend, Oregon. She is the mother of four boys, ages 9, 11, 12, and 15, and despite her best efforts, somehow ends up caring for their sassy Guinea pigs, Penny and Peso, the very lazy cat Knucklehead, and their sweet dog Pearl. In her free time, Pamela loves to knit, bake, and make cheese. We are very excited for Pamela to be part of our Work Project adventures in Rochester and New York City this summer.

Office Manager

Karen Kozlowski


Tracy Burkovich

Music Staff

Adult and Youth Choir Director – Roy Smith

Roy Smith is a Rochester musician who plays 2nd trumpet in Symphoria (Syracuse, NY) and also performs regularly with the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. He is on the faculty at Houghton College, the Hochstein School of Music and Lima Christian School. His training was at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northwestern University. He lives in Irondequoit with his wife Julie and their two sons.

Junior Choir Director – Deborah White
Organist – John Kubiniec
See also Music & Choirs

Childcare Provider

Anne Tonery-DeMars

Ruling Elders

Kathy Wakeman Bridget Wohlers
Keith Hadley Bill Dassero
Richard Stewart Tess McKeel
Whit Beckett Bruce Taylor
Peter Derry Linda Beattie
Eric Vail Carrie Dykes
Colton Crane Ann Marie Simm
Kathy Coons (Clerk)

For a description of the board that Ruling Elders belong to, see Session.


Keith Morgan Barbara Snaith
Dan Charcholla Gary Dykes
Jim Poole Velta Rouchon
Julie Seide Osmond Simm
Andrea Unson Dana Hart
Kay Harder Laura Nolan
Carol Cathy

For a description of the board of Deacons, see Deacons.


Gordon Chapman Mary Hadley
Roger Best Amy Merica
Marty Ohman Wayne Smith
Paul Wheeler Jason Taylor
Ed Coons Abby Jarvis

For a description of the board of Trustees, see Trustees.