31 W. Church Street, Fairport, NY 14450 . Office Hours: 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday. Summer Office Hours: 10am-1pm. Parking is available in the lot behind the church, and on side streets.
Our Labyrinth, located on the western side of the churchyard and built by church members, is always available for walking meditation and prayer.
PASTOR & STAFF
Rev. Richelle Goff was appointed to the Fairport United Methodist Church in July of 2018. Prior to her appointment to Fairport UMC she was the pastor at the Auburn United Methodist Church for 10 years and prior to that the Martville and Trinity: Oswego United Methodist Churches.
Rev. Goff received her Master of Divinity from the MTSO-Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Delaware, OH) and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).
She is married to Mike and they have 2 young daughters Karis and Zoe. They have many pets that also make up their family: 2 dogs (Guss and Lady), a cat (Gracie), a rabbit (Bun Bun) a bearded dragon (Simon Peter), a guinea pig (Arty), 5 chickens (Olive, Harriet, Hazel, Helen, and June), two dart frogs and two geckos.
Richelle is passionate about sharing the inclusive love of God and working to ensure that there is a place at the table for all people. No exceptions.
Nicole Camilleri began serving as the full-time Music Ministry Director at the Fairport United Methodist Church in 1999. She leads a program of over one hundred volunteers. Vocal choirs, handbell choirs, instrumental ensembles, and soloists embody the growing music ministry at FUMC. In November of this year, Nicole and four choir members will sing at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Joseph Martin’s “The Winter Rose”, conducted by the composer.
In addition, Nicole is an Instructor of Sacred Music at the Eastman School of Music. She also maintains a private teaching studio. Nicole is currently the Registrar for the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having also served the chapter as a past Dean and Sub Dean.
Nicole held her first church position while in high school as the Organist and Music Director at St. Boniface Martyr Church in Sea Cliff, NY. In graduate school, she served as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Milford, CT, as well as being a faculty member at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.
Nicole began her organ studies in her hometown of Sea Cliff, New York. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied organ with David Higgs, as well as organ improvisation and voice. After graduating as co-valedictorian of her class, she attended Yale University’s School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music as a full-scholarship student of Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. She received a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Sacred Music from Yale.
Outside of church, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, attending concerts, hiking, yoga, enjoying fires in the winter, and hearing the ocean in the summer.
Joy Leinenbach has grown up in the United Methodist Church all her life and has been a member of Fairport United Methodist Church since May 1996. In July 2016, she took on the role of Children’s Ministry Coordinator. In April 2022, her role transitioned to Family Ministries Director. In this new position, Joy coordinates Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries. Children’s Ministry encompasses infants through 5th grade and Youth Ministry includes 6-8th graders (Junior High) and 9-12th graders (Senior High). Joy coordinates for children’s and youth Sunday School classes, Nursery Care, Junior High and Senior High Youth groups, monthly Family Fun Events and Summer Family Fun Nights which is our Vacation Bible School for the entire family.
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 2nd and 3rd grade, tutored math for elementary through high schoolers. While raising their three children, both she and her husband, Eric, taught Sunday school and worked with youth in the youth group.
Joy and her husband, Eric, live in Penfield and have three grown children and a dog. Their daughter attends Nazareth University and is studying music therapy. Their youngest son is an Alfred University graduate and lives in Austin, Texas. Their oldest son graduated from Clarkson University. He and his wife live here in Rochester. Some of Joy’s favorite things to do are listening to country music, cooking and baking, sewing, going for walks and enjoying time with her family.
Kevin joined the staff as Administrative Assistant in March 2022.
Jamie grew up and currently lives in Farmington, NY. After graduating from Canandaigua Academy with high honors and a mastery in mathematics they continued their education at FingerLakes Community College, graduating in 2018 with their Associates degree in Fine Art. Since then they have taken up a career as a commercial and residential cleaner, finding fulfillment in helping others by providing safe clean environments in which to live and work.
VISITING FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Fairport UMC is a Reconciling Congregation. What does Reconciling mean to Fairport United Methodist Church?
It means that we have made a commitment to being in loving Christian ministry with all people without prejudice, to truly have “open hearts, open minds, and open doors,” to work toward the time when our congregation, our denomination, and our society live the all-inclusive love that our faith demands. As a sign of that commitment—and a vehicle for helping to achieve it, we have officially affiliated ourselves, along with over 700 other communities, with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).
Fairport United Methodist Church is committed to the welcoming statement printed in our weekly program:
FUMC is a Reconciling Congregation where all persons of any age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, economic reality, family status, sexual orientation, diverse ability or social status are welcome without reservation to share in God’s love.