Rev. Kennedy Jean Tedrick Vida Johnson George Bunnell
 

Our Pastor

Pastor Glenn Kennedy has served here in Painted Post since 2009.

He completed degree programs at Houghton College, Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary.

Before coming to Painted Post, Pastor Kennedy was the called pastor at two different churches, served with his wife and family as Presbyterian missionaries in Taiwan, and then also did interim pastorates at several churches—including the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses in Trumansburg and First Presbyterian Church in Corning.

Pastor Kennedy'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, three grandsons, and a granddaughter.

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Organist/Choir Director

Jean has spent most of her adult life as a piano teacher and a church choir director and organist. She and husband Bob moved from Connecticut to Pine Valley, NY in January of 2014. Following her move to this area, Jean's first introduction to our congregation was in the role of substitute organist. In June of 2016 she became our regular organist/choir director. Bob retired from a career in corporate finance and sings bass in our church choir.

Jean has two children and one grandchild. Jean also has 5 step-grandchildren. Her son and family live outside of Ithaca. Her daughter and spouse live in Boston. Bob’s daughters and families live in Fort Collins, CO.

Jean and Bob can often be seen kayaking on the Chemung or biking on Catherine Trail, but also take time to help prepare meals at Corning’s Meals on Wheels.

The Tedricks are a good match for our church, as Jean is the daughter of a Methodist minister and Bob grew up in a Presbyterian church.

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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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