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First Baptist Church of Penfield

1862 Penfield Rd, Penfield, NY, 14526

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Church Staff

Pastor Steve Brotzman

Rev. Steven Brotzman became an Ordained Minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA in 2002.  In 1997, while at work, Steve sensed a calling to ministry.  In the 20 years since, he has tried to honor this calling.  In 1998, Steven and his family, which by then included children David and Vanessa, moved to Pittsburgh for seminary.  Pastor Steve interned at First Baptist Church of Crafton, then served as Pastor at First Baptist Church of Washington, PA.  He completed one year as a Chaplain Resident/Associate at West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, WV, then served as an interim Pastor in Washington, PA and has served the past 9 years as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Beaver Falls, PA.  During his years at FBC Beaver Falls, he also served as President/Contact for the Beaver Falls Ministerium, as Administrator for the Church Leadership Institute of Western PA, then as Dean of Advancement for the Academy of Christian Training and Service, where he served until 2016.   Despite living in Pittsburgh area, Steve has remained a long- suffering Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.  Steve and Annette are excited about the opportunity to return to the Rochester area, to get to know the people of FBC Penfield, and to serve as God leads.


Dr. Naomi Gregory, Music Director

We welcome back Dr. Naomi Gregory to our church.  Naomi holds degrees in music (B.A. Hons, first class) and musicology (M. Phil.) from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she was Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College.  In May 2014, Naomi was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, in the studio of David Higgs.  Her studies at Eastman also included organ improvisation, harpsichord, and theatre organ with William Porter, and organ repertoire and continuo realization with Edoardo Bellotti.  Naomi is currently completing a PhD in musicology at Eastman School of Music.  Naomi is currently a graduate instructor of Early Music at Eastman School of Music and project coordinator for ‘Performing History: The Italian Baroque Organ and its Cultural Intersections,’ a Humanities Project of the University of Rochester.  


Originally from England, Naomi came to Rochester in 2006 to embark on dual doctoral degrees in Organ Performance and Musicology at the Eastman School of Music.  She had previously served as music director at Penfield First Baptist Church for eight years where Naomi led the adult choir and bell choir, and established a youth bell choir program- which, to our great joy- she continues to do today. Prior to coming to the U. S., she was Head of Academic Music at the Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset, England.

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Church Committees

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Coordinating Council

Yvonne O'Brien: Moderator '20

Michael Pray: Vice Mod. '20

Sandy Pray: Clerk '20

Marie Sandman '20

Diane Donatelle '22

Dawn Donaher '21

Jeff Philips: Past Mod. '20

Trustees

Fritz May: Chair '21

Don Fox '21

Sarah Phillips '20

Jack O'Brien  '21

Bruce Blackman '22

Kathy Werther '22

Pastoral Relations

Ellen Stokes: Chair

Judy McNeil

Libby Bertrand

Alexandra Collison

Dick Andrews

Common Life

Penny Goodman: Chair '20

Emily Johnson '21

Nancy Lancaster '22

Margaret Militello '22


Mission Team

Sue Sparnecht: Chair '20

Ellen Stokes '22

Janette Keenan '20

Worship Team

Georgia May '22

Margaret Militello '22

Annette Brotzman '22

Teaching Team

Ginna Blackman '20

Pat Holderbaum '20

Deb Lochner '21

Nominating Committee

Michael Pray '20

Don Fox '20

Regional Representative

Georgia May '19

Saundra Augustus:  Office Assistant

Francesca Lionetta, Luisa Hidalgo,  Jeremy Lopez, and Kevin Spooner :  Eastman Choral Scholars


Laura Swail:  Nursery Assistant


Meho and Hava Kapidzic:  Church Custodians

Communications Team

Yvonne O'Brien

Michael Pray

Sandy Pray

Deb Lochner

David Trump