Pastor Josť Gomez Susan Sheldon George Bunnell

Our Pastor

Rev. David Preisendanz began his pastorate with us in March, 2020. His prior service was with Addison United Methodist Church, and he has served Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches in Elmira NY, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Long Island.

He is a graduate of Grove City College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has two adult sons, and two grandchildren. David lives in Elmira and enjoys hiking, boating, and our beautiful Finger Lakes.




Organist/Choir Director

Josť 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, Josť 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.

Josť'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 Josť's multiple talents and for the simple gift of his engaging and enthusiastic personality!




Office Manager

Susan grew up near Jamestown, New York, attending a federated church (United Methodist and American Baptist). She has a bachelorís degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. In the past she has worked as an administrative assistant at both a United Methodist church and a Presbyterian church.

Susan has lived in Corning since 1996 with her husband, Scott, with whom she shares three adult children. She has been an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Corning since 1999.





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.