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[SITE FULL] Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Address:48 Perrin Street
Baptized Membership:894
Confirmed Membership:780
Average Sunday Attendance:249
Paid Staff:Senior Pastor (me); Associate Pastor; secretary, youth minister, organist, choir director, children's choir director/bell choir director, custodians (2).
Access to Public Transit:
Congregation Description:BLC is in the Village of Fairport, which is a bedroom community for the city of Rochester. Fairport is a family-friendly community that includes extensive bike and hiking trails, a community center and many professionals.

BLC has two worship services each weekend, a midweek education/study group, an active SUnday school and confirmation program, youth activities for all ages, and an extensive commitment to supporting ministries beyond our walls.

We adopted five purpose statements as a congregation last year and are currently organizing around those purpose statements to deepen our expression of who we believe God has called us to be and what God has called us to do in and through this place. We are working to equip the saints more fully so that all are actively engaged in the work to which God has called all the baptized and us specifically as the people of God at BLC.
Congregation Keywords:suburban, mission-oriented, traditional worship, family-friendly

Mentor Pastor: Abigail Hoffman

Years in Ordained Ministry:6
Years in Current Position:3
Previous Students Supervised:1
Autobiography:I prepared for ministry at the University of Chicago, where I earned my MDiv as well as a master's degree in social work. I did my Lutheran coursework at nearby LSTC during my four years at U of C.

I have served in parish ministry since 2006, when I became an Intern Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elmira. It was an off-site, residency internship, and I was called to serve as their Pastor and ordained in 2007. During my years there, I also supervised a field education student from LTSP. I was called to serve as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 2010.

I am married to Kevin, and we have a young daughter who keeps us active. I enjoy swimming, bike riding, and spending time with my family.