A recent graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School, Sara earned her Masters Degree in Divinity while serving with the Buffalo Peacemakers as a ministerial intern. This past year she served a church in Rochester as Student Minister, where she gained valuable experience preaching, teaching, providing pastoral care, working with a team to develop and implement a weekly evening contemporary service, and leading a weekly “coffee shop” Bible study for young adults.
Although our church will be her first call as a settled pastor, Sara has been a member in discernment these past four years at Nativity UCC in Kenmore, where she assumed multiple leadership roles, from preaching and planning worship to teaching confirmation and serving on committees. Additionally, this summer she served as Supply Pastor at Arcade UCC, where she is loved by the congregation.
Sara has lived all over this country, completing her undergraduate degree in Arizona. Additionally, she has traveled extensively, working in the Peace Corps for 2 years in Prague, Czech Republic. Sara loves to read theology and is an avid biker, completing a multi-day bike trip last year from Kansas City, MO to St Louis, MO. She also loves to camp, rock climb, and play softball. Sara lives in Tonawanda with her wife, Jeannine and sons, Steven (4) and newborn, Jeremiah who was just born November 13th!
Dawn Kloss has been a life-long memer of SSBUCC and involved in a variety of ways throughout the years. In 2005 she began serving a Interim Organist and in 2006 became Director of Music. She plays for all worship services and directs the SSBUCC Choir which provides special music for the 10:00 a.m. service. She has also begun a new Praise Choir and Bell Choir. Dawn is married to Mark and they have two sons, Jonathan and Devin.
Elaine is our secretary and has the friendly voice that greets you on the church phone. She manages our office and is at the church during office hours from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Elaine was secretary at Trinity UCC in Buffalo for nearly 25 years before beginning her work at SSBUCC in 2010. She and her husband George live in Buffalo and have two adult children.