About

Location

31 W. Church Street, Fairport, NY  14450 . Office Hours: 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday 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.

The Little House, located across the parking lot from the church, is available for silent prayer and group meetings.

Pastor & Staff

Richelle Goff, Pastor

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 Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University.

She is joined in Fairport by her husband Michael and 2 young daughters Karis and Zoe. They have two dogs, two cats, two fish, two rabbits and a bearded dragon! The whole family has settled into Fairport and continues to explore all that the community has to offer. Rev. Goff is passionate about making sure that there is a place at the table for all people.

Nicole Camilleri, Music Ministries Director

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, 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 since May 1996. In July 2016, she took on the role of Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  In this position, 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 (such as the holiday crafting party, winter carnival), 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, and taught Sunday School with her husband.

Joy and her husband, Eric, have three children, a dog and fish. One child attends Penfield HighSchool, one attends Alfred University and the oldest will soon be graduating from 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 had a severe food allergy for 22 years. In 2004, she co-founded FACTS, a Rochester area food allergy support group which support families who are raising food allergic children.

Mary Anderson, Youth Ministry

Mary Anderson was named Youth Ministry Coordinator in 2018. Her vision of youth ministry is to empower and equip each youth to pursue their relationship with God by giving them a space and culture that embodies the model Christ set for us. “Focusing on our strengths, gifts and graces can help us be our best selves and glimpse heaven … here on earth,” says Mary.

Mary’s professional experience includes time in the world of higher education where she worked with residence halls offering staff training, student programming and oversight at several different college campuses. She also developed and implemented programs across the country to address bullying and relational aggression during her tenure with The Ophelia Project, whose mission involves teaching organizations and communities how to create safe spaces for all.

A great joy for her has been traveling with youth to China, India, Africa, South and Central America on multiple jurisdictional trips to introduce the youth to life in the majority world while meeting our brothers and sisters in Christ and learning that we are citizens of the world.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and Bachelor of Arts degree in English, both from Marquette University; and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

Laura Smith, Office Administrator

Laura Smith joined the staff as Administrative Assistant in 2019. A Rochester native, Laura graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2008 and sees her work in the office as part of an important ministry of the church. When not sending emails or answering the phones, this mom of two is an avid reader and crafter. She is always happy to have visitors in the office, so stop by and say hi!

Safe Sanctuaries

Visiting for the First Time?

We are so glad that you are interested in learning more about Fairport UMC and what we are all about! If you choose to visit the church here are a few things that you may find helpful:

We are an inclusive church which means we welcome, affirm and celebrate all people without reservation in the life of our church.

Worship is at 9:00 am & 10:30 am (Sunday after Labor Day through mid-June). Some people choose to get dressed up and others have a more casual style. Whatever you are comfortable wearing will be fine. Come as you are!

NOTE: We offer one worship service at 9:30 am for the summer months, mid-June through Labor Day.

Sunday School for ALL AGES is at 9:00 am. Children and youth will be directed to age appropriate rooms with gifted and knowledgeable teachers. We also have an opportunity for adults to learn on Sunday morning as well in an Adult Forum class.

We are a child friendly church! Wiggles and giggles are welcomed. We have a Nursery which is staffed with Safe Sanctuary trained volunteers each Sunday morning for our littlest ones (birth up to those entering Kindergarten). Although you are welcome (and even encouraged) to have your children with you in worship, you may feel comfortable utilizing the nursery. If you have a fussy child, you can also the rocker.

The entrance to the parking lot is located on South Ave. In addition, you can park on the streets/lots surrounding the church (South Ave, Filkins St., Church St., Village Landing/Potter Park). We have handicapped parking spots available in the parking lot. You can enter the church from Church St. or from the parking lot through the double doors.

You will be greeted at the door by our Sunday morning greeters.

We have an elevator available right inside the Parking Lot entrance.

Worship is about an hour or so long. We celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st of every month and on special occasions. All are welcome at the Table. We also provide communion to those in the nursery. You are more than welcome to pick up your child and bring them back to the sanctuary to receive communion together. We also offer gluten free for those who would like it.

Feed the Spirit is the 1/2 hour time between our two services where we enjoy fellowship with one another over a cup of coffee/tea and a few snacks.

We hope this information has been helpful and we hope to see you soon! Please don’t hesitate to call the church office or email us if you have any questions at all!