Rev. Dr. Jimmy Reader, Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Jimmy Reader looks forward to celebrating 50 years of active, ordained ministry in May 2020 while continuing an active, enthusiastic ministry as pastor of the United Church. He combines his decades-long pastoral experience with a dozen years of intentional interim and church conflict consulting experience.
An American Baptist minister, Rev. Reader has also served as interim pastor of four Presbyterian churches and has consulted with over 20 churches, many of them United Methodist congregations. He earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (M.Div., D.Min.) degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, doing his doctoral thesis work in the area of change and conflict.
You might want to "like" Jimmy's Facebook page (Changing Churches) and see his blog, where you can join in a conversation around how churches can be the Community of God engaged in God's mission in the 21st century world.
Dr. Reader (who prefers to be called Jimmy) has published three books, including Moral Values: What I Learned Growing Up in Church (2004), which you can read online.
Jimmy is married to Rev. Joy Bergfalk (also an American Baptist minister and former pastor at East Rochester and York Baptist churches). She currently serves as executive director of the Coffee Connection, a nonprofit business working with women in recovery from addiction. Read more about her work here.
Dr. Ashley Danyew, Director of Worship Arts
Ashley Danyew is a church musician and music educator dedicated to creating new opportunities for music education and cultivating engaging worship experiences for all ages. She currently directs the Alleluia Ringers and children's and youth music, plans worship, and accompanies the services.
Ashley has been involved in church music since her youth, with a range of experiences including worship planning, directing and accompanying adult and children’s choirs, directing handbells, and providing organ and piano music in worship. In addition, she has several years of teaching experience in community music schools, private studio settings, and at the college level. She currently teaches privately at the Harley School in Rochester, NY.
Ashley received a B.A. in Music from the University of Georgia and an M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Education and the Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music. She lives in Rochester with her husband, Steve (also a musician) and their rescue dog, Rory.
Read more about Ashley here.
Leta Williams, Director of Christian Education
Leta Williams was born and raised in upstate New York. Growing up, she attended an American Baptist church and was active with the denomination on the local, regional, and national level. It was at the national youth gathering at Colorado in 2008 that she received the call to ministry.
Leta holds a B.A. in Youth Ministry from Eastern University in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where she received the Mrs. W. Byron Brown Christian Service Award and the Youth Ministry Department Award. She went on to pursue her masters in youth ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary through the Center for Youth Ministry Training, where she served as a youth director at Troy United Methodist church in northwest Tennessee.
This summer, Leta is serving as the Interim Site Director at Camp Vick through Vick and Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries.
Dot Borden, Director of The United Choir
Dot Borden recently came back from retirement to work with the United Choir.
She served as Choir Director at the United Church of Pittsford from 1979 to 1999, having been organist and/or choir director at the Honeoye Falls United Methodist Church for 15 years prior to that. She directed the Bell Choir at UCP from 1987 to 2016.
Dot was also the piano accompanist for the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District for 20 years. A preacher’s kid, she grew up in the Mohawk Valley of New York State. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Music Education.
Dot has four children and 6 grandchildren, all of whom are musicians.
Hannah Teter, Administrative Assistant
Hannah Teter joined UCP in November of 2017.
She is a 2016 graduate of Nazareth College where she received her B.A. in Music and a minor in Sociology. She has had administrative assistant experience at Nazareth, as well as at her previous job at Ideal Image. Hannah has taught tennis lessons, was a cantor at a church in Tully, NY, and was a backup singer on a Josh Groban tour.
She was born and raised in Homer, NY, where her parents, brother, and niece and nephew currently reside.