Rev. Kennedy Sherrie Thurkins Bev Rossi Vida Johnson George Bunnell
 

Our Pastor

Our Pastor is the Reverend Doctor Glenn R. Kennedy, known to us as Pastor K. or Rev. Glenn. Ordained May 8, 1977, he is a Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament with a B.A. from Houghton College, an M. Div. From Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D. Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary. Rev. Glenn has completed 60 hours of interim training at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary plus several hours of additional interim training for working with staff.

Pastor K served nearly fifteen years in long-term pastorates, followed by eleven years during which he and his wife were Presbyterian mission co-workers in Taiwan. More recently he has specialized in interim ministry, including two years as Interim Pastor (Head of Staff) at First Presbyterian Church of Corning, New York and then as Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses in Trumansburg, New York.

Reverend Kennedy came to the United Methodist Church of Painted Post and the First Presbyterian Church of Painted Post as a Temporary Supply Pastor in March 2009. He served as a half-time pastor to each church. With our Service of Worship a common service for both congregations at tbe same hour in the same sanctuary, Reverend Kennedy essentially served as a full-time pastor. With the Federation of the two congregations into one, at our first Annual Meeting in January 2012, we voted to approve Pastor K. as the permanent pastor of our newly combined congregation.

Pastor K's wife Shirley has a B.A. in English, an M.S. in English Education, an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership, and is permanently certified to teach grades K-6 and English 7-12 in New York State. She has taught English classes from middle-school to college levels in the United States and overseas.

The Kennedys have three married children and one grandson.

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Choir Director

Born in Elmira, Sherrie started piano lessons with her father in early elementary school while growing up with a music store in her house. Soon thereafter began clarinet lessons, and eventually led to a music education degree from Grove City College, PA, with a concentration in piano. She thought she had safely married a music teacher when he decided to buy his parents' motel, Stiles Motel, in Coopers Plains. That brought Sherrie to the Painted Post Presbyterian Church where she immediately joined the choir.

While on a committee to find a new choir director, she was hired as such when she missed a meeting. That was in 1994. Still directing the choir, and filling in for the organists when needed, Sherrie is pleased to have been a member of this church since September of 1985, and chose the church because of the warm welcome and wonderful members.

Sherrie is married to violinist, Dave, and has 2 daughters and 1 son.

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Church Organist

Bev started playing the piano when she was three years old. She studied with the same teacher (whom she loved) until she graduated from high school.

Bev accompanied everything and everyone during her school years. She even played for the Pennsylvania State Chorus for a couple of years.

Bev went to Mansfield University and majored in piano and organ. She graduated with a music degree in 1957. Bev then taught music in the Corning-Painted Post District part-time for about 10 years.

Bev began playing the organ at the Painted Post Presbyterian Church in l959. In her own words, "I am still going, not strong but going, and I have loved every minute of it."

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Administrative Assistant

In June 2000, Vida Johnson became the Administrative Assistant of what was then the United Methodist Church of Painted Post. She is married to Jim Johnson and they have an adult son who lives in Horseheads.

Vida is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She taught for eight years at Kent W. Phillips Elementary School. In 1965, she left teaching to raise their son.

She is an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Corning and serves as their Lay Member of Annual Conference. She is a Certified Lay Speaker and serves as Vice President of United Methodist Women.

In her leisure time, Vida enjoys knitting and quilting. She is a member of Corning Quilters Guild and Piecemaker Quilters in Elmira.

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Custodian

A native of nearby Corning, George Bunnell has been our custodian since 2003.

Beyond his custodial duties, George has many varied interests and abilities. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Mansfield University, is a pianist, and plays trumpet for the Corning Community Band.

He is a retired Marine Corps veteran with twenty years of service.

Also a sports enthusiast, George is an avid golfer and a particular fan of the New York Yankees, the Miami Dolphins, and Penn State football.

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