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!
Our new Music Director, Michael Shamrock, holds degrees from Nazareth College of Rochester (B.M in Music Education) and the University at Buffalo (Ed.M.). He also has certification from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning in elementary music mastership. Michael is a full-time educator in the Lancaster Central School District, teaching elementary general music classes and conducting choir. He has most recently served as the organist and pianist for Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Lockport. Prior to that, he was the Music Director Choir/Praise Team/Handbells) and pianist for Payne Avenue Christian Church in North Tonawanda for 9 years. Michael also enjoys accompanying soloists, choirs, and musical productions throughout the WNY region. He currently resides in Williamsville with his wife, Amanda, and two children, Bennett and Everly.