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Senior Pastor
Rev. Larry Baird
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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.

 


administrative assistant to the pastor
Alice Mock
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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.  


Christian Education Directors
Liz and Mark Von Wald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Childcare
Wendy McCaffrey
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Director of Music Ministries
Joseph Martino
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Church Organist
Dennis Overholt
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Superintendant of Buildings and Grounds
Rob Domagala
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Custodian
Dave Cole

Retired Pastor
Rev. Paul Robinson
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Education:

            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

            Basel, Switzerland,

                        Riehenring and Wesley Haus UMC    July 1971-June 1972 

                         (Both German speaking)

 


Retired Pastor
Rev. Sue Kaiser
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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/

Married to Bob for 50+ years, they have a son and daughter and 5 grandchildren.

Retired Pastor
Rev. Robert Eldred

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.


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