Ted Anderson, Pastor
Ted Anderson likes to laugh! His favorite color is green and he likes to wear Converse basketball sneakers! Ted likes to sing, to be outdoors, to play Ultimate and Tip-it, and to go on retreats with the Youth Group. His all time favorite group is the Beach Boys. Former favorite groups are Dave Matthews, John Maher and Sheryl Crowe. Current favorites include Taylor Swift and Fun. Ted likes to play. tennis…basketball… monopoly…settlers of catan…4 square….duck, duck goose …volleyball.. pingpong etc.
Ted’s best friend is Mary. They are delighted to be the parents of Jen, Tim, and Matt! Together they enjoy tennis, hiking, swimming and winter sports.
Ted is the Conference Youth Coordinator for the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ted was the Jurisdictional Youth Coordinator for the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church 1988-1992 and 2004-2008. In this capacity he traveled to the People’s Republic of China, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with the MISSION OF PEACE. Ted has also served on the National Youth Ministry Organization steering committee and on the advisory team for YOUTH 91 and FORUM 92. Currently (since 1998) Ted is the MISSION OF PEACE Coordinator for the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries. In addition to the above mentioned MOPs….Ted has journeyed on the MOP to Zimbabwe, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, Cuba and Brazil.
In the distant past ☺ Ted traveled to Youth Gatherings in South Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Illinois to sing, speak, workshop, dance, and otherwise enjoy God’s gift of life to us.
Ted says, “I think that the most wonderful, awesome thing in all the universe is that God loves. There is shalom when we understand and practice God’s love.”
Ted and family live in Spencerport, New York. Ted is a Pastor at the Fairport United Methodist Church in the Genesee Valley District of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Christian Jewell, Associate Pastor
Nicole Camilleri, Music Ministries Director
Kelly Spahr, Youth Ministries Coordinator
Kelly likes kids, dogs, cats, coffee, music, spring, summer and fall. She doesn’t like the cold, but she does like snow. She doesn’t like to cook, but does like food. She has four children ranging from adult to middle school and lives in the diverse South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester where there are a lot of coffee shops, hair salons and homeless folks. Kelly has lived with all kinds of animals – dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chickens, lizards, snakes, rabbits and hamsters. She is content with her current pet population of one dog, one cat and two middle school children. She has been working in social services since high school; serving homeless youth, families affected by domestic violence, and as a journalist focused on family issues and politics. Since beginning her family, Kelly has worked almost exclusively in religious education and ministry. She has a BA in Communications from SUNY and an M.Div from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is also a chaplain at Rochester General Hospital and with the Rochester Police Department and is deeply called to the ministry of pastoral care and ethics.
Joy Leinenbach, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Joy Leinenbach has grown up in the United Methodist Church all her life and has been a member of Fairport United Methodist Church for 21+ years. She is now very happy to have the role of Children’s Ministry Coordinator. In this role, Joy coordinates the faith formation of infants through 5th graders and supports their families with this as well. Joy’s primary focus includes Sunday morning Sunday school and Nursery Care, Sunday morning worship activities for children, monthly Family Fun Events and Vacation Bible School.
Joy has a degree in Elementary Education from Alfred University and her Master’s in Education from Bowie State University. Working with children has always been a part of Joy’s life. She has taught swim lessons during the summer, taught 2nd and 3rd grade, tutored math for elementary through high schollers and taught Sunday School with her husband.
Joy and her husband, Eric, have three children, a dog and a gecko. Two children attend Penfield Schools and the oldest attends Clarkson University. Some of Joy’s favorite things to do are listening to country music, cooking and baking, sewing and enjoying time with her family. An additional passion of Joy’s is food allergy education. Her oldest child has a severe food allergy and, in 2004, she co-founded FACTS, a Rochester area food allergy support group which supports families who are raising food allergic children.
Katherine Harris, Office/Business Administrator
Pastors Ted and Chris share preaching responsibilities at Fairport United Methodist Church in Fairport NY.
While some of their sermons are complete texts, others are outlines or mere notes. We do not spend a lot of time sprucing them up for this site. Ted and Chris would be pleased if you find them helpful. If you should wish to use their content in your own preaching or writing, they would appreciate knowing your plans to do so. They would object to your making commercial use of them without prior permission.