Community of the Savior is served by a volunteer team of pastoral leaders who participate alongside the leadership team in guiding the ministry of the congregation. The staff also includes the leadership of a pastoral musician and ministry coordinator.
Barb has served as part of the pastoral team at Community of the Savior since her ordination and conference appointment by the Free Methodist Church USA in May 2011. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Houghton College, an MSW degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and an M.Div from Northeastern Seminary. She and her husband of 31 years, Warren, have attended CoS since 2007 and state that they “have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this growing, generous, and gifted congregation.” She and Warren have two grown daughters, Erin and Elyse, and a very spoiled Vizsla named Wesley. In addition to her pastoral role at CoS, she also is a part-time faculty member of SUNY Empire State College in the Community and Human Services Department. She worked in the Greater Rochester area as a professional social worker for many years, particularly in the field of disability advocacy, and she brings that passion to her service along with interests in social justice, pastoral care, and intergenerational ministries.
Contact Barb at Barb@CoSMtHope.org
Doug Cullum has been a part of the pastoral team at Community of the Savior since its birth in 2007. Doug’s ministry seeks to blend the practical and academic, with a focus on renewing the local church through a fresh recovery of biblical and historic faith. Ordained in the Free Methodist Church USA, Doug has been active in parish ministry since 1978 when he served a student appointment during seminary. After serving appointments in Tampa, FL, Chapel Hill, NC, and Greenville, NY, Doug became chaplain at Roberts Wesleyan College in 1994. Then, in 1998, Doug became one of the founding faculty members of Northeastern Seminary, where he now serves as vice president and dean. At Community of the Savior, Doug’s ministry focuses on the areas of oversight, vision, and preaching. He holds degrees from Drew University (Ph.D.), Duke Divinity School (Th.M.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Asbury College (B.A.). Doug and his wife, Joyce, have four children, five grandchildren, and a lovable golden retriever named Bojangles.
Contact Doug at Doug@CoSMtHope.org
In addition to those appointed by the FMC-USA, Community of the Savior is also served by Judy Davis, Rebecca Letterman, Baiba Peele and Harry Heintz who participate regularly in the preaching and sacramental life of the congregation.
Judy received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1992, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and her Master of Divinity in 1999, graduating with Distinction, from the prestigious Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. Judy is a daughter “in ministry” of the Rev. Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Jr., Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church, New Rochelle, New York where Judy served as the Minister of Evangelism for three years before coming to Rochester to attend seminary. Judy is an ordained minister under the Progressive National Baptist Convention and is presently serving at Community of the Savior in Rochester, New York. In addition, she is employed full-time as a Sr. Legal Administrator at Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.
Rebecca was ordained through Covenant Church of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). She earned her Master of Divinity at Northeastern Seminary and has a post-graduate certification in spiritual formation from the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality (Pittsburgh, PA). She also has degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College (BA), Syracuse University (MA), and Cornell University (PhD). She currently teaches Spiritual Formation and Early Church History and Theology at Northeastern Seminary, and has been an active member of Community of the Savior since its inception in 2007.
Harry was born and reared in in southern California. His family’s faith tradition was Pentecostal. In college he began exploring the wider Protestant world and ended up worshiping in a Presbyterian Church. After serving as a youth ministries director, he went to Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Fresh out of seminary he became the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Brunswick, Troy NY, and retired after a 38-year pastoral ministry in the early fall of 2012. He has been married to Rachel (Daily), a retired schoolteacher, for 45+ years. They have two grown daughters, one in this area serving as a musician in a public school and for the Community of the Savior, and one working with Habitat for Humanity International in Washington DC. They have two grandsons, which helps explain their move to this area.
Teressa Bala, Pastoral Musician
Teressa has served as pastoral musician at CoS since 2009. She also accompanies in several local school districts, and provides vocal direction for local theater organizations. She worships at CoS with her husband and 2 boys. Being at a church that engages all people of all ages in ministry is a huge perk of serving at CoS to Teressa, where she especially enjoys seeing her kids serving alongside her. Worship formation and music ministry are the focus areas of Teressa’s ministry. She enjoys traveling, game nights, “The Amazing Race”, gardening, and composing/arranging music.
Contact Teressa at Teressa@CoSMtHope.org