Our Mission & Vision


Who We Are

We are a strong Christian faith-based church community that is open to all.
Our Vision:

We will be Spirit-led, dedicated servants of Jesus Christ, actively involved in transformational relationships with God, each other, and our community.

Our Mission

As part of the body of Christ, Penfield Presbyterian Church helps to meet spiritual needs, and offers opportunities for: learning God's word, meaningful fellowship, and serving others in Christ's name.

We offer:
* Bible-based sermons
* Mission projects
* Music programs

* Strong Christian education programs for children and youth
* Caring ministries

We believe:
* Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.
* God is our guide and present in our daily lives.
* All people are children of God with valuable gifts to offer each other and our community.
* Worship, nurture, and service are essential expressions of faith. In each of these ways we teach, share, and live God's word.

* We are committed to ensuring a safe, inviting, and nurturing environment for all to worship and grow.
* We honor and support each individual's relationship with Jesus Christ and his or her ongoing faith journey.
Penfield Presbyterian Church is part of the 10,000 congregation, 2.3 million member, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

PPC Leadership Team:


me at wedding websiteRev. Susan Thaine                             Pastor/Head of Staff

Pastor Sue began her ministry at Penfield Presbyterian on November 1, 2010 after being ordained by PCUSA as a Teaching Elder/Minister of Word & Sacrament in October 2010.  Sue is committed to empowering people to grow as passionate, committed, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led followers of The Way of Jesus.  Pastor Sue currently serves the Synod of the North East as moderator of the Synod's Early Ministry Institute.  Sue hold a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Voice from Roberts Wesleyan College.   

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Jan Kennedy, Faith Development Leader

Jan has served in ministry as Faith Development Leader for PPC since 2009.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts. Humanities and Outdoor Education with a Philosophy minor from Houghton College, NY (1985), a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology (1992) and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (1994).  In addition to helping shape the faith development of folks at PPC, Jan has served as an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan College where she has help shape the development of young adult minds and hearts.  

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Brandy Ackerman, PPC Early Learning Center Director
Brandy Ackerman is a member of Penfield Presbyterian church and aptly leads the PPC Early Learning Center as its Director.  Under her leadership, the program has enhanced its educational emphasis so that the program has graduated from a Daycare facility to a bustling Early Learning Center (thus the name change in 2014). To speak with Brandy about the program call 377-0122.


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Brenda Tucker, Office Administrator

Brenda Tucker began working at Penfield Presbyterian in June 2015.   Office Hours for Brenda are M-F from 1:00-5:00.  Brenda holds a B.S. Degree from SUNY Buffalo in Accounting.  
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Chrissy Stevens-Schwind, Church Musician
Chrissy began leading congregational worship through music and the Chancel Choir in Spring of 2015.  Chrissy holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education  (emphasis on voice, piano and clarinet) and a Master of Education Degree from Graceland University.  
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Commissioned Ruling Elder In Training
Dean will be participating in the life of Penfield Presbyterian from September 2016 through February 2017. We are excited to welcome him!
Dean says:
"Since 2005 I have felt the call to do more within the Christian faith in a leadership role.  I enjoyed my time as CE Director and having preached several times I felt I was being called into Lay Leadership, so I enrolled in the School for Christian Leadership at Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School and graduated from that this past May.  Having been through that experience I am feeling called even more today than when I began this journey in 2013 or even back to 2000. I look forward to serving Christ together with the congregation of Penfield Presbyterian Church for the next 6 months and getting to know each of you as we grow together spiritually."