David holds two positions at Asbury First. He has been Assistant Organist (part-time) since 1987 and, in 2017, assumed the full-time role as Church Administrator.
David retired from the University of Rochester (UR) in 2016, after holding staff and leadership positions throughout the UR and at Cornell University, including Vice Chair for Administration in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UR Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the Eastman School of Music, and Associate Director for Administration Wilmot Cancer Institute at the UR, and Associate Dean for Business Affairs at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. He holds undergraduate degrees from Ithaca College (music) and UR (psychology) and a master’s degree in health systems administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the Upper New York Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits and is enrolled in The Church Network professional certification program. David and his wife Jeanne have two daughters, Mackenzie and Jacqueline. In his spare time he likes to ski, travel, exercise, cook, read, and listen to English choral music and listen to jazz.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing in thankfulness.
Duane joined the Asbury First music staff in the fall of 1996. Prior to Asbury First, he served as director of music at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration in Rochester. Duane earned his master of music degree as a scholarship student in organ performance from Eastman School of Music and his bachelor of music degree summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University. Post-graduate studies were with David Craighead. In addition to enjoying an active church music career, he is tonal director for Parsons Pipe Organ Builders, Canandaigua, N.Y., where he is responsible for scaling, voicing, and tonal finishing their instruments.
Duane is a colleague member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, where he has served as vice-president. He has also been dean and sub dean of the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Organ Historical Society and the Rochester Theatre Organ Society. His compact disc titled, "Celebrate!" featured music for two trumpets and organ. Duane has also served as organist for the Rochester Oratorio Society, as well as for ensembles including Madrigalia and Concentus, accompanying concerts both locally and abroad.
All things to work together for good to those who love the Lord, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Carl has earned a reputation of excellence as a conductor, voice teacher, singer, and composer. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, as well as Bachelor and Master of Music from the Ithaca College School of Music. Prior to joining the AFUMC Staff full time in 2019, Carl served as Interim Director of the Sanctuary Choir and was a member of the Ithaca College School of Music faculty. Other past positions include Music Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, Ithaca’s elite a cappella chamber chorus, and Co-Minister of Music of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Bath. He is passionate about the role of music in worship, loves to nurture congregational singing, and particularly enjoys helping choirs achieve expressive and artistic communication.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paula and her family have been members of Asbury First UMC since 1991. As her family grew, so did her role in children’s ministry. In 2008, Paula assumed a leadership role and has helped grow the program to what it is today.
Paula is the mother of four children and brings that motherly love and enthusiasm to all the children at Asbury First. Her educational background is in music therapy at Nazareth College. She is dedicated to both children and families and hopes to provide a loving and nurturing environment to both.
Paula’s goals at Asbury First are to provide a solid Christian education, support and encouragement, and fun family fellowship for all.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him And praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Holly joined the Asbury Children's Ministry staff in the Fall of 2015. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received her bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University. She has taught private voice and piano, worked in healthcare management, and been a stay-at-home mom. She is a past member of Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, Madrigalia, and the Rochester Oratorio Society, and has been an ensemble member with Syracuse Opera.
Holly and her husband, Ryan, have attended Asbury since 2013 and have two children. Holly enjoys choral music, cooking, yoga and being with children. She is so thankful for the opportunity to share God's love and joy with children at Asbury First.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.
Dick joined Asbury First as the Fiinancial Administrator in February 2006. Prior to coming to Asbury First, he was employed by Eastman Kodak, working in various corporate financial positions at Kodak Office. Dick majored in accounting at Penn State and received an MBA at RIT.
Dick is married to Sandy, who is the parish administrator at Reformation Lutheran Church. They have two children, Jennifer and Scott. Sandy and Dick both enjoy singing in their church choirs, the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and the Rochester Oratorio Society. They are both on the board of Community Lutheran Ministry for youth on Joseph Avenue. They volunteer for Camp Joy, a weeklong camp for developmentally disabled adults held at the Rotary Sunshine Campus.
... and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
John Ormsbee, CPA, MBA, joined our staff as a Financial Administrator in 2020. John focuses on income accounting/reporting, while Dick will focuses on expense accounting/reporting and payroll.
John and his family are former members of Asbury First who relocated to Pittsburgh in 2017. John is a former chair of our Finance Committee and brings to us a knowledge of Asbury First (financial and otherwise), and extensive experience in not-for-profit (including church) and for-profit settings.
In my Father's house are many dwelling places . . .
Sarah joined Asbury First as the Communications Coordinator in January of 2019. Originally from northeast Texas, Sarah started out with a journalism degree from Texas Christian University. She worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News as a graphic designer for about nine years combined and enjoyed informing the community about local news and entertainment.
Sarah and her husband, Jeff, moved to Birmingham, UK for a few years, where she worked as a graphic designer for the University of Birmingham. In her time there, she developed broader-ranging marketing skills and worked on branding, signage, e-blasts and more to promote ongoing projects, research and courses at the university.
Sarah now calls Rochester her home and really enjoys the cold weather and snow. She loves museums and delights in exploring new places and taking copious photographs. She is also happy hanging out at home watching movies and shows with her husband and friends.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
Deb has been a member of AFUMC since 2001 and has enjoyed playing handbells with the Asbury Ringers for many years. Before coming to Asbury First, Deb worked as an IT consultant and trainer, and as general manager for two small companies. She grew up in Newark, NY, but has lived in the South Wedge neighborhood in Rochester for over 20 years with her spouse, Melissa. In her spare time, Deb enjoys walking, knitting, sewing, quilting, and spending time with family.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Director of Youth Music
Carol joined the Asbury First music staff in August of 2014. She is the Director of the Youth Music program, which includes directing the youth bells, youth choir and youth musical. Prior to Asbury First, she served as the director of music at Faith UMC in Henrietta, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education with a specialization in music from SUNY Fredonia and a Master's degree in interdisciplinary arts for children from SUNY Brockport.
She is a vocal music teacher in the Rush Henrietta Central School district at Vollmer Elementary school. In addition to her teaching assignment, she directs the Bel Canto select choir at Rush Henrietta Senior High school and directs the spring musicals at Roth Junior High school. Carol and her husband, Tim, are members of Asbury First and have three grown children, Emily, Allison and Joe.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Director of Youth Theater
Larry has been working with youth and directing theater in the Rochester area since 1978. In 1986, he joined the staff at Brighton High School as artistic director. He has also directed for numerous local theater companies and school districts in the role of both artistic and music director/conductor.
Larry has a bachelors degree from Nazareth College in Performing Arts Management, a Masters from SUNY Brockport in Education Administration and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland. Larry joined the staff of Asbury in 2007 as director of the youth theater program.
Larry and his wife Paula were married at Asbury in 1991 and have proudly brought their four children up in the church.
Matthew 6: 28-30
And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Director of Bell Choirs; Director of Asbury Ringers
Elizabeth grew up in a family that celebrated life's moments through music. She joined Asbury First in 1968 when her family moved to Rochester from the Midwest. A member of the youth handbell choir in the '70s, she traveled to Poland and New England with them to perform. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University, she became director of the youth handbell choir for seven years. She has sung with the sanctuary choir and is a member of the Asbury Singers. In her role as director of the Asbury Ringers, she works closely with the music staff to choose musical offerings for worship services, as well as planning and conducting weekly rehearsals. She and her husband Rick have two children, Mary and Johnny—all of whom are active members of Asbury First.
"And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
James has been in property care management since 2011 and has been with Asbury First since 2015. He worked in construction and building trades since 1988. James has one son, Connor, who is a chef in Santa Rosa, California.