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The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting

Julianne Buenting is a native western New Yorker, raised in Brockport, who completed doctoral studies in health care at the University of Buffalo before seeking ordination. She was ordained transitional deacon and priest in Chicago in 2009, having earned the MDiv at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.  She completed specialist training in Intentional Interim Ministry and Conflict Mediation, and has served multiple parishes of the Episcopal dioceses of Chicago, Western Massachusetts, and Washington DC as Interim Rector.  Her call as a priest is to proclaim Christ’s radically inclusive and redeeming Love for ALL people and creation. Liturgy and preaching, spiritual formation for all ages, and congregational development are her particular ministerial interests. She is unapologetically besotted with dogs (including, but not limited to, a goldendoodle companion called Rawley), savors good films and recommends WRUR 88.5 FM for great music and NPR news.

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The Rev. Suzanne Johnston

The Rev. Suzanne Johnston was ordained a vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2009.  Her ministry has focused on full accessibility to the Church and the Gospel, particularly for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing in our community. Suzanne has served as a past member of the Commission on Ministry and as Missioner to the Deaf in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. In that role she lead a mission parish and ministry in local parishes, and in campus ministry at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT/NTID) in concert with the ELCA. Suzanne is actively involved in the leadership of the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

In her secular life Suzanne is a Speech/Language Pathologist with a busy private practice in Brighton, NY. 

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Cindy Kline

Parish Administrator   parishadmin@christchurchpittsford.com

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. Cindy loves spending time with her family including 4 granddaughters.

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Alden Wright

 Director of Music   music@christchurchpittsford.com

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   sundayschool@christchurchpittsford.com

Finance Administrator  finance@christchurchpittsford.com

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

Sexton

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

Sexton

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The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting

Julianne Buenting is a native western New Yorker, raised in Brockport, who completed doctoral studies in health care at the University of Buffalo before seeking ordination. She was ordained transitional deacon and priest in Chicago in 2009, having earned the MDiv at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. She completed specialist training in Intentional Interim Ministry and Conflict Mediation, and has served multiple parishes of the Episcopal dioceses of Chicago, Western Massachusetts, and Washington DC as Interim Rector. Her call as a priest is to proclaim Christ’s radically inclusive and redeeming Love for ALL people and creation. Liturgy and preaching, spiritual formation for all ages, and congregational development are her particular ministerial interests. She is unapologetically besotted with dogs (including, but not limited to, a goldendoodle companion called Rawley), savors good films and recommends WRUR 88.5 FM for great music and NPR news.

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The Rev. Suzanne Johnston

The Rev. Suzanne Johnston was ordained a vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2009.  Her ministry has focused on full accessibility to the Church and the Gospel, particularly for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing in our community. Suzanne has served as a past member of the Commission on Ministry and as Missioner to the Deaf in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. In that role she lead a mission parish and ministry in local parishes, and in campus ministry at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT/NTID) in concert with the ELCA. Suzanne is actively involved in the leadership of the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

In her secular life Suzanne is a Speech/Language Pathologist with a busy private practice in Brighton, NY. 

 

She lives with her husband, Bill, and their son 'just around the corner' from the Village of Pittsford, where they have lived for over 30 years. She also has two daughters, and one grandson.  And, of course her dog, a Pembroke Corgi.

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Cindy Kline

Parish Administrator   parishadmin@christchurchpittsford.com

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. Cindy loves spending time with her family including 4 granddaughters.

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Alden Wright

 Director of Music   music@christchurchpittsford.com

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   sundayschool@christchurchpittsford.com

Finance Administrator  finance@christchurchpittsford.com

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

Sexton

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

Sexton

Rick grew up in Pittsford. He has 4 boys and a daughter.

Rick enjoys fishing and golf when I have spare time.

He is learning to play the Saxophone with the New Horizons Band

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Tristan Berlet

Sexton

Tristan does just about anything and everything to keep the church running, and make other staff members' and parishioners' lives easier. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2022 with a degree in History and Theatre Studies, and can often be seen in a variety of shows around Rochester. He also teaches voice acting professionally.

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