Mary Keller - Office Manager
Stephanie Desmore - Housekeeper
Elaine grew up in the Rochester area, and returned in Nov. 2019 to begin a call at Summerville Presbyterian Church. She most recently spent six years serving a church in rural Northwest Missouri. Elaine is a graduate of Ithaca College, the University of Maryland, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
In this changing season in the life of the church, Elaine believes that relationships are at the heart of what it means to do ministry. As followers of Jesus, we are called to see the dignity, worth, giftedness, and beloved-ness of every person we encounter, remembering that they bear God’s image just as we do. When we are able to see one another through that lens, we can start to see where our gifts intersect, where we do have common ground even in the midst of profound differences, where we can combine our gifts and energy to do more, where we can gain vocabulary to ask new questions and wrestle with new ideas, how we can expand our understanding of what it means to love one another as Christ has loved us, and reflect that love out into the world around us.
Elaine and her husband Nate are wanna-be foodies who enjoy cooking, trying new foods and cuisines, and finding hole-in-the-wall restaurant gems. They are enjoying exploring the Rochester area and discovering a new-to-them city with their young daughter.
When my own children began attending Sunday school, I recognized the tremendous importance of Christian education, and as well, the call on my life to be part of this ministry. Today, as a grandmother, I’m still teaching Sunday school, and love it! It’s my hope and prayer that children understand they’re created in God’s image and that Jesus knows and loves them.
I’ve worked as an artist, in the field of natural-science and botanical illustration and clearly see God’s creative brilliance in all of nature. Occasionally, I will still participate in exhibits that feature environmental art. In addition to working at Summerville PresbyteriaIn Church, I like to garden and spend lots of time with my grandchildren.
Jackie has directed handbells for over 30 years at four different churches. She has enjoyed working with the Summerville group since 2013. Her time has also been spent teaching handbell technique classes for workshops and conferences held in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Jackie is married to husband Robert, has a daughter and a son, both married. She enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren.
In addition to handbells, Jackie enjoys biking and playing the piano. She spends a lot of time volunteering by playing the piano at a nursing home and accompanying an elementary school chorus.
The Scott Woods Memorial Bell Choir has been ringing at Summerville Church for over 50 years! The bells were donated in memory of the child of a member. They include 4 octaves of Whitechapel bells and 3 octaves of Malmark hand chimes. The group plays an anthem once a month in church and often accompanies hymns during the service.
The choir welcomes new-comers to add to their numbers. They meet Wednesday evenings at Summerville at 6:30pm and offer "on-the-job" training.