Rev. Kennedy Christian O'Lone 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 (now Palmer) Theological Seminary and a D. Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary.

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. For several years prior to coming to our congregation, he 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 two grandsons.

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Organist/Choir Director

Christian graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor's Degree in Music and a minor in Business Administration before coming to us as church organist and choir director in September, 2014. He is is now pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Organ and Worship at Houghton. During his time as an undergraduate, Christian was a resident assistant, collegiate athlete, organist, and served on several clubs.

Before beginning his studies at Houghton, Christian, originally from Barrington, NH, was an organ scholar at the First United Methodist Church, in nearby Rochester, NH. He enjoys making music, traveling, and playing sports.

Christian is married to Emily O'Lone, who is also a recent Houghton College grad. At Houghton, Emily earned a Bachelor's Degree in music education with an instrumental concentration. Emily, a native of Staten Island, is now a substitute music teacher and hopes to obtain a Master's Degree in music theory after two years of teaching experience. Emily plays the French horn, enjoys baking, and loves to meet new people.

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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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