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.
Sara Hoffee, Organist and Bell Choir Director
A native of Southern Illinois, five-year-old Sara began piano lessons after being amazed by the keyboard players at her home church. She progressed quickly, performing special music on a regular basis before becoming a regular service accompanist.
Sara earned degrees in piano performance and pedagogy with a minor in organ studies from Illinois Wesleyan University with the help of a scholarship from the United Methodist Church. She went on to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finishing with a masters’ degree as the Environmental Concerns fellow. An active performer and teacher, she achieved her national teaching certification in piano, accompanying, and chamber music and performed both nationally and internationally with a variety of chamber musicians and vocalists.
Currently Sara serves on the collaborative piano faculty at Nazareth College, specializing in music theatre and dance. She also regularly works with local theatre venues, including the JCC, Nazareth, the Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival (Merry Go Round), and Pittsford-Sutherland High School.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys ballroom dance and exploring the Rochester area by bicycle.
Leta Williams, Minister of 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. In the summertime, you can find Leta working with Vick and Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries. She is thrilled to share Christ as her American Baptist and United Methodist church families come together at UCP.
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.