Pastor José Gomez Vida Johnson George Bunnell

Our Pastor

The church is currently seeking new long-term pastoral leadership. If you need pastoral service during this interim period, please feel free to contact the church office at 607-936-6313, leaving a message if you get our answering machine. We will do our best to help meet your need, if we can, or refer you to another source for pastoral service.




Organist/Choir Director

José came to our church in 2018, bringing with him a diverse background of musical skills and experience. Although his performance specialty is as a pianist, he is also a capable organist, songwriter, and singer.

Before coming to the United Church, José most recently served as organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elmira. However, he has extensive performance experience in a variety of settings, both small and large, ranging from nursing homes and hospitals to cruise ships, Carnegie Hall (in NYC) and the Clemens Center in Elmira.

José's skills in composing, arranging, and improvisation are special assets to our worship experience, but he also has multiple and diverse non-musical interests and talents--that include bi-lingual (English and Spanish) language competency, photography, computer skills, sports, carpentry, and the culinary arts.

We are deeply grateful both for José's multiple talents and for the simple gift of his engaging and enthusiastic personality!




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.





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.