Meet Our Staff

David Inglis

Senior Pastor
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Hello and Welcome

Someone said, “Faith is a journey, not a destination.” That sure speaks to my experience. Each step of my life has taken me into new territory, with new challenges, new questions, unexpected crises, new lessons to learn, and new doubts to open me up to deeper truths.

There’s a part of me that feels a little like a spiritual Lone Ranger. But the truth is, I could never have gotten where I am by myself. I need a spiritual community where I can bring my questions, burdens, fears, hopes, and passions, and learn from the experience and wisdom of others. I need regular worship, where I can be lifted beyond myself, put my questions and challenges in perspective, and open my life to the light of God’s love and truth. I need to work alongside others as together we try to make this world a better place. I find my faith and love growing naturally when we trust each other and trust our own questions, are honest and with each other and with God, and humbly acknowledge our need for God, even though God is always beyond our smug understanding.

I love being the pastor of the Henrietta United Church of Christ, because it is a place where people are real, and therefore the Christ we experience together is real. I’m not one for empty rituals, phony religious language, or boring worship services. At Henrietta UCC, we try to create worship experiences that help us open to God’s life-giving Spirit in ways that are engaging and meaningful.

I’ve had the wonderful privilege of being this church’s pastor since 1991 (way back in the 20th Century!). I have never grown tired of it or felt like I’m stagnating, because the folks here always encourages me to follow my own growing edge and incorporate it into my ministry. Life keeps offering new vistas to explore, and God keeps showing me more ways to open more fully and deeply to the mysteries of Life, Love, this wondrous universe, and the Divine Source of it all.

I am concerned about the future of our planet and human civilization. I believe that spiritual growth happens on both a personal level and a cultural level. I want to find ways that we as individuals and as a community of faith can “be the change we wish to see in the world” and become catalysts for a sustainable, peaceful, just, spiritually-fulfilling and hope-filled future.

I’d love to hear your story! Perhaps we can find ways this community of spiritual pilgrims can help support your quest for deeper faith, hope and love. It has certainly done that for me!

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Dave Inglis

 

Martha Stone

Associate Pastor
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Welcome to Henrietta United Church of Christ!  As you wander around our website, you’ll get a taste of this amazing faith community, of which I am thrilled to be a part.  Here’s some of what I bring to the mix:

I love worship!  Our services are lively and spirit-filled, with something different each week.  Our many musical groups offer various musical styles, shared from the heart.  For me, the Sunday service is the high point of the week—it helps me keep body and soul in balance.  After a joyful week, I treasure the chance to thank God and share my joy with the community.  If I’ve had a difficult week, I count on having a time and space where I can lay my burdens down and be renewed.  No matter how I’m feeling, I know there will be something there for me.  Often, that something is a challenge to become involved in ministry to and with others.  And when I answer that challenge, I find new energy for my journey of faith.

I love kids!  Often, when I come to church in need of acceptance and love, it is a child who ministers to me with a hug or a smile or a question, drawing me out of myself and into the circle of God’s embrace.  HUCC is a wonderful place for children and adults alike.  Our church school is filled to overflowing each week, and our dedicated teachers treasure each child.  Our youth are vibrant, with questions about life and faith, and creative ideas about how to reach out.  Our parents find support here, for their day-to-day concerns and for their new ideas and initiatives.  And our kids are part of it all, sharing their own unique gifts with others.  From the tiniest tot to the wisest senior, we invite each person’s participation.

I love learning!  The longer I live, the more I discover how much I have to learn.  The church is a wonderful venue for learning, because it brings us together with people we wouldn’t otherwise know, and encourages us to share our skills and knowledge.  As we look to the people of the Bible, to the great thinkers and actors of history, and to the members of our own congregation, our learning expands and grows.  As we share our own insights and questions, we are drawn closer to one another and to God, who has blessed us with curiosity, a wide world to explore, and many traveling companions.  With Jesus as our guide, we can journey in faith, setting fear aside, and opening ourselves to the work of God’s Spirit in us.  Who knows what we might learn next?

I love hands-on service!  When I’m serving a meal at Cameron Community Ministries or the Salem Nutrition Center, or walking with hundreds of people for Crop Walk, or packing up school kits for Church World Service, or building a house for Habitat for Humanity, I feel deeply connected with God and God’s people.  There’s nothing quite like putting in time and effort where help is needed most!  I’ve even discovered skills I didn’t know I had through the many service projects of the church.  After reaching out and helping someone, I often feel as though I’ve gained even more than I’ve given.

I love the United Church of Christ!  Our denomination is deeply rooted in the Christian tradition, yet faithfully open to the new insights of each generation.  Because of our historical commitments to be a “united and uniting, multicultural and multiracial, accessible to all, open and affirming, justice peace church,” we have often been on the forefront of social change, welcoming those who have been excluded elsewhere into the family of God’s love and grace, and caring tenderly for God’s world.  Check out the UCC website (www.ucc.org) to learn about the church that has nurtured me and ordained me as a minister of the gospel.

I would love to meet you!  If you’re looking for a church home, or if you just want to chat, feel free to drop me a line or give me a call.  Better yet, visit us on a Sunday and experience for yourself our unique and energetic congregation.  For an hour or a lifetime, you are welcome here.

Blessings,

Rev. Martha Koenig Stone

Andrea Folan

Administrative Assistant
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Andrea Folan, our administrative assistant, has lived in the Rochester area for over 20 years, moving here when her husband joined the Rochester musical community by taking over direction of the Rochester Bach Fesitval and entering Eastman School of Music as a doctoral candidate.  She raised her daughter Emily here, while pursing her own performance career as a professional classical singer, which included solo performances at Lincoln Center, the Folger Library in Washington, D.C., the Bard Festival, the Brugge and Utrecht Early Music Festival, to name but a few.  She joined the music faculty at Nazareth College in 2001, where she continues to teach applied voice, foreign language diction courses, and vocal pedagogy. She has degrees in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Syracuse University. She has done specialized graduate studies in voice science and speech language pathology. Her recordings can be found on iTunes, Amazon.com, YouTube, etc.

Andrea has extensive typesetting and graphic design experience, working both for non-profits and in the commercial sector, designing programs, flyers, CD booklets, brochures, etc.   She particularly enjoys creating the church publications that include the weekly “Happenings” and the monthly newsletter. She has been the administrative face of multiple ensembles, a print shop, a computer software company, and worked in the Oberlin Conservatory Office full time after graduating, so has a long history with organization, public interfacing, and office management.

She thinks the folks at HUCC are terrific and is proud to be working for a faith community that “walks the walk.”

Joe Green

Musical Director

I developed a love for music in my early years from my mother, who was a trained soloist and pianist.  She initially taught me piano.  I was later instructed in classical piano and church organ.  I joined the Henrietta United Church of Christ choir after becoming a member of the church in 1969.  I was asked to direct the choir when our organist became ill a few years later.  Since most of that time I have been directing the Senior Choir.  In about the late 1980s the church formed a bell choir.  I have directed this group since that time.  Through generous donations, we have been able to purchase a total of five octaves of bells and hand chimes.

Robin Bower

Organist

I was raised and went to school in LeRoy, New York – the Hometown of Jello!!

Musically inclined from the start, I began with trombone and piano studies in elementary school.  In high school I played in the band, sang in the chorus and had parts in the musicals, while playing on the football and basketball teams. I began my organ studies at 16, playing at the 1st Presbyterian Church in LeRoy and subbing at the local Methodist and Baptist churches, as well.

I attended SUNY Fredonia, where I majored in Music Education and Piano. I sang in Select Choir, Festival Chorus (including under the baton of Leonard Bernstein on one memorable occasion), and was an active accompanist.

My church music career evolved during college, when I became choir director at the Dunkirk Methodist Church.  Since then, through many moves, I held numerous jobs, both as a public school educator, and as either choir director or organist at local churches.  In 1979, I took the job with Henrietta United Church of Christ, making it 36 years in service here. My wife and I joined the church, so it is both my musical and faith home.