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Clergy & Staff

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The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting

I am a native western New Yorker, born and raised in Brockport. My first
professional life was in nursing, midwifery, and higher education, including teaching at the
University of Rochester School of Nursing. I completed an MA in Theological Studies at St.
Bernard’s Institute in 1997 out of interest in Christian spirituality. Further theological
studies followed a move to Chicago from NYC in 2001 for “nun-training,” which I am happy
to say was not my calling. Becoming Episcopalian and discerning a felt call to the
priesthood was not far behind. I was ordained a transitional deacon and priest in 2009
after earning my MDiv at Seabury Western Theological Seminary. I have completed
specialized continuing education in both Intentional Interim Ministry and Conflict
Mediation, as well as a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) in LGBTQ+ religious studies from
Chicago Theological Seminary. I love sharing the Good News of Christ’s radically inclusive
and redeeming love for ALL people and creatures and creation. Liturgy and preaching,
Christian formation for all ages, and missional development are among my favorite
ministerial emphases.

I am so delighted to be returning to the Rochester area. I am utterly and
unapologetically besotted with dogs (including, but not limited to, my goldendoodle called
Rawley) and look forward to going to the Little Theater again.

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Cindy Kline

Parish Administrator

Cindy Kline is the Parish Administrator, who answers the phones, assists with the weekly bulletins, publishes the newsletter, and generally keeps things running smoothly at Christ Church.

Cindy attended St. John Fisher College and has lived in the area her entire life. She grew up in East Rochester.

She lives in Pittsford with her husband and Great Dane, Gus. Cindy loves spending time with her family including 4 granddaughters.

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Alden Wright

 Director of Music

Alden will be the principal accompanist and will share some conducting with David. He is beginning the Master of Music degree at Eastman, where he also did his Bachelor of Music. Last year he took a year out to serve as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in the UK, where he accompanied daily services and assisted in training the boy choristers. He will begin at Christ Church Sunday, September 4 and is looking forward to meeting the congregation!

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Liz Salamone

Director of Children's Education

Finance Administrator

Liz Salamone is the Director of Children’s Education at Christ Church. In addition to running the Sunday School program, she plans family fellowship events and other activities that involve children.

A Rochester native, Liz graduated from Boston College and the University of Cincinnati and worked as an actuary before returning to Rochester. She is active in the Pittsford Central School District PTSA and serves as the treasurer of Pittsford United Nursery School. Liz resides in Pittsford with her husband, two sons, and crazy dog.

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Mary Thor


Mary has been a member of Christ Church and altar guild member since 1980. Mary worked as a public health nurse for the Monroe County Health Department for over 30 years ending in August, 2004. When the Rev. Winifred Collin asked Mary to help with the services during the week and team up with another person to set up, restore and keep the church functioning and safe for our parish family and visitors through many services, Mary gladly accepted.

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Rick Webster


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