The Rev. Larry R. Baird
Birthdate: August 7, 1949
Educational background: BA, Lycoming College, 1971; MDiv, Colgate Rochester, 1974
Ordained UMC elder: 1976
Clergy appointments: Wyoming/Covington, 1972-75; East Bloomfield/Ionia, 1975-80; Westfield, 1980-86; Clarence, 1986-2003; Superintendent, Cornerstone District, 2003-11.
Married to Brenda Baird, retired teacher’s aide
Two married sons and two granchildren
Denominational service: Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Church Growth and Evangelism, Camps and Retreats Ministry, Racial Ethnic Local Church; New Church Starts; jurisdictional and general conferences delegate. President, the board of directors of The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church
Specializations: Preaching, stewardship, evangelism, models for leadership
Hobby: Fly fishing, fly tying
Person most influential in his faith and practice: “My mother – a humble servant who loved God with all her heart, soul, and mind; and expressed it in love of neighbor.”
On diversity in the church: “I understand diversity to be complementary variety in God’s creation, and an enrichment of gifts and graces God has put in place to achieve God’s purposes. I encourage everyone to involve themselves in building up the church in whatever way God has gifted them, and is consistent with God’s plan as revealed in Scripture. I believe such diversity is a blessing.”
Would like to accomplish: “I would like in some way to help renew a local church and our denomination so that it is increasingly effective in making disciples for Jesus Christ.”
Rev. Baird enjoys preaching, and regards it as a means for both inspiration and instruction. He is well-known in the conference for his abilities in training lay leadership.
Alice has been with the church since May of 2014. She has a BA in Education, and a ME from Georgia Southern University, as well as additional training in business administration. Alice work closely with the pastor and other staff in accomplishing the ministry of our church.
High School: Baker High School, Baldwinsville, NY 1963
College: Lycoming College, Williamsport 1967 BA (Major: German)
Seminary: Wesley Seminary, Washington, DC 1971 Master of Divinity
Churches served as pastor:
Grand Island, Trinity United Methodist July 1, 1990- June 30, 2005 Retired
Olean, Christ UMC July 1, 1980-June 30, 1990
Bemus Point UMC July 1, 1972-June 30, 1980
Riehenring and Wesley Haus UMC July 1971-June 1972
(Both German speaking)
Rev. Sue Kaiser moved to Grand Island upon retirement in 2002, after 17 years preaching in 4 parishes in WNY. Serving Trinity primarily as their Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Adult Education Teacher, and Worship Dance Coordinator, she has a deep interest in ecumenical relationships and work toward Christian unity/
Bob is happily retired and lives in Tonawanda. He attends 10:30 worship regularly. He is a renowned consumer of books of all types and loves to discuss any and all topics.