Church Leadership & Staff

Pastor

The Rev. Laura Bachmann
Rev. Bachmann has been dedicated to ministry for 17 years and completed the Master of Divinity program at CRCDS in May 2018.

She recently served as the Associate Pastor for South Presbyterian Church, and previously served as Director of the Mission Immersion Program at ROC SALT. She has developed a deep respect for and personal commitment to the outreach provided by St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality and plans to continue to share her gifts there.

Rev. Bachmann and her family live in Pittsford. Her husband Charles “Chip” is the Frederick and Anna B. Wiedman Chair of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at RIT. He also serves as the CIS Graduate Program Coordinator. Laura and Chip have three sons; Tristan is entering his Junior year at the University of Chicago, Aidan is a freshman at University of Rochester, and Dylan is a sophomore at Pittsford Mendon High School.

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries

Jennifer Olsen
Jen has been a GPC’er for her entire life. She was an active participant in the youth program until graduation when she moved to Pennsylvania to attend Franklin & Marshall College. After completing a psychology bachelors, she went to SUNY Fredonia to earn a degree in music education and spent the following years teaching in Connecticut.
Jen lives in the town of Greece with her husband, Ben, and their two wacky, adorable, wonderful children, Everett and Freya.  The entire family has felt embraced by GPC since their move back to the area in 2015.
“I am so excited to become the Director of Youth, Young Children, and Young Adult Ministries here at GPC. I grew up experiencing the awesome love of this congregation and am honored to answer the call to serve in this position.”

 

 

Office Manager Treasurer Financial Secretary
Karen Kozlowski Tracy Burkovich Vicki Gutheil
Adult & Youth Choir Director Custodian Childcare Provider
Roy Smith Bob Staszewski Anne Tonery-DeMars

 

John Kubiniec, Organist
John Kubiniec joined GPC as organist in 2013 and took responsibilities as Worship Coordinator during our recent pastor search and helped lead the transition to Online Worship during the Covid 19 Pandemic. John has a M. Div degree and an MA in Church Music and Liturgy. He has served as Associate Director of Liturgical Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, NY and has served as a Director of Music and Liturgy at congregations in Rochester, NY, Richmond ,VA and the New York City Metro Area.
He also served as Campus Minister for Music and Liturgy at Merrimack College, Andover, MA. While living in New York City he also served as a Supertitle Associate at New York City Opera where he cued supertitles (translations) during the operas. He also did this for a number of other arts organizations in the NYC area. He was an Assistant Editor in the Print Music division of Oxford University Press in New York City. He took a break from Church Ministry and ventured out into the world of quilting, publishing a book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path (C&T Publications 2016) and has traveled nationally and internationally teaching. John became a member of the GPC congregation in 2019 and is in the Inquiry Phase towards ordination for the Presbytery of the Genesee ValleyJohn lives in E. Irondequoit with his partner Ray Pool who is a professional harpist. John enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, crafting and joking around in his spare time.

 

Debbie White, Junior Choir Director
A former General/Instrumental Music teacher, Debbie has been a church staff member for many years and loves to get updates on her junior choir friends from times gone by! She and her husband Dennis enjoy reading, camping, traveling and delicious food, but most of all they look forward to spending time with their three grown children and much-loved grandchildren.

 

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

Linda Beattie Jan Beutner-Shirtz Christine Cook Carrie Dykes
Keith Hadley Carol Henchen Zach Henchen (youth) Lauren Henderberg
Sheri MacFarlane Beth Molina Ben Olsen Janice Phillips
Ann Marie Simm Kate Stanford Larry Wakeman Clerk: Kathy Coons

 

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

Nora Bush Jan Brewer Cathy Goodykoontz Kay Harder
Tess McKeel Simon Njumbwa Velta Rouchon Julie Seide
Osmond Simm Bill Shirtz Barbara Snaith Irene Ward

 

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

Roger Best Bob Binko Ed Coons Zach Davis (youth)
Gary Dykes Vicki Gutheil Mary Hadley Marty Ohman
Tom Ward Dennis White