Leadership

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Sunday - 10:30 AM Worship Service 10:30 AM Sunday school

Asbury United Methodist Church Getzville Leadership

Asbury United Methodist Church Getzville is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.

Rev Dr Kandace Brooks

Senior Pastor

Pastor Kandace joined Asbury as our new pastor on September 11, 2022. Originally from the Buffalo area, she has lived and worked in Florida for 43 years; first as Professor of Music at the University of Florida, and for the last 20 years as an Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Her ministry has included serving churches in Gainesville, Orlando, Ormond Beach and Tallahassee.

Pastor Kandace has one adult daughter who lives and works in Los Angeles, and a large extended family in the Buffalo area.  Her joy is spending time working with stained and fused glass, hiking and kayaking, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills with her sports-minded family!

Pastor Kandace is "fully invested in remaining part of the ongoing United Methodist Church, where the love of God and the grace offered us in Christ is available to all."

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Pastor Kandace joined Asbury as our new pastor on September 11, 2022. Originally from the Buffalo area, she has lived and worked in Florida for 43 years; first as Professor of Music at the University of Florida, and for the last 20 years as an Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Her ministry has included serving churches in Gainesville, Orlando, Ormond Beach and Tallahassee.

Pastor Kandace has one adult daughter who lives and works in Los Angeles, and a large extended family in the Buffalo area.  Her joy is spending time working with stained and fused glass, hiking and kayaking, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills with her sports-minded family!

Pastor Kandace is "fully invested in remaining part of the ongoing United Methodist Church, where the love of God and the grace offered us in Christ is available to all."

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Jessica Glaser Wolcott

Deacon

Deacon Jessica is passionate about health and healing, as well as writing theology and promoting environmental stewardship. Her messages are invigorating! She lives in Pendelton with her husband, two daughters and assorted ducks and chickens. 

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Deacon Jessica is passionate about health and healing, as well as writing theology and promoting environmental stewardship. Her messages are invigorating! She lives in Pendelton with her husband, two daughters and assorted ducks and chickens. 

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Bonnie Boudreault

Church Secretary

Bonnie keeps everything running smoothly at Asbury, You will often hear people say "just ask Bonnie, she will know". And if she doesn't she does her best to find out. What would we do without Bonnie!

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Bonnie keeps everything running smoothly at Asbury, You will often hear people say "just ask Bonnie, she will know". And if she doesn't she does her best to find out. What would we do without Bonnie!

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Dr Antonella DiGulio

Music Director

Antonella is a pianist, a music theorist and a pedagogue. In addition to her doctoral studies in Music Theory and Musicology at the University at Buffalo, Antonella holds a Master Degree in piano performance from the same University, post -diploma certifications in piano performance, a diploma in piano from the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome (Italy). As a researcher, her interests are in music cognition, theory of images in music, music as a language, harmonic language in contemporary music, Italian composers in the 20th century, set theory and Mathematics. She presented her research in several national and international Conferences. Antonella has been acclaimed for her exciting pianism and for her attention to the quality of sound. Antonella also gives private lessons at our church.

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Antonella is a pianist, a music theorist and a pedagogue. In addition to her doctoral studies in Music Theory and Musicology at the University at Buffalo, Antonella holds a Master Degree in piano performance from the same University, post -diploma certifications in piano performance, a diploma in piano from the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome (Italy). As a researcher, her interests are in music cognition, theory of images in music, music as a language, harmonic language in contemporary music, Italian composers in the 20th century, set theory and Mathematics. She presented her research in several national and international Conferences. Antonella has been acclaimed for her exciting pianism and for her attention to the quality of sound. Antonella also gives private lessons at our church.

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Amy Diati

Lay Leader

Amy is one of our 2 lay leaders. She has been an active member of Asbury and is involved in many of the mission projects we are involved in. 

As a lay leader she keeps us informed of the happenings for the upcoming week at the beginning of our church service.

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Amy is one of our 2 lay leaders. She has been an active member of Asbury and is involved in many of the mission projects we are involved in. 

As a lay leader she keeps us informed of the happenings for the upcoming week at the beginning of our church service.

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Stan Polaske

Lay Leader

Stan is a founding member of Asbury UMC.  He has served in a variety of positions including Chair of Church council, Finance Chair and member of the SPPRC.  He was the coordinator of the Imagine No Racism program for our local area. As well as lay leader he is also a member of Respite care team and the United Methodist Men

Stan is a supporter of the local Veteran's Hospital and Child Advocacy Center.
He has lived in Buffalo for two different periods, returning in 2005.
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Stan is a founding member of Asbury UMC.  He has served in a variety of positions including Chair of Church council, Finance Chair and member of the SPPRC.  He was the coordinator of the Imagine No Racism program for our local area. As well as lay leader he is also a member of Respite care team and the United Methodist Men

Stan is a supporter of the local Veteran's Hospital and Child Advocacy Center.
He has lived in Buffalo for two different periods, returning in 2005.
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Karen Kirwan

Children's Christian Education

Karen Kirwan runs our children's program We follow the one room school house model and usually have between 3-6 children in class. Bringing Bible stories to life for the kids is our main passion. Mrs Kirwan is a retired elementary school teacher with over 30 years experience. We have about 6 teachers who rotate teaching throughout the year.

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Karen Kirwan runs our children's program We follow the one room school house model and usually have between 3-6 children in class. Bringing Bible stories to life for the kids is our main passion. Mrs Kirwan is a retired elementary school teacher with over 30 years experience. We have about 6 teachers who rotate teaching throughout the year.

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Christian Education

Nancy Moore, Karen Kirwan

Nancy puts together our Bible Study programs. She leads 3 different bible studies as well as preaching when needed.  All we can say is that Nancy is dedicated to teaching us about God.


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Nancy puts together our Bible Study programs. She leads 3 different bible studies as well as preaching when needed.  All we can say is that Nancy is dedicated to teaching us about God.


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Church Council

Members

Chair: Vergie Oettinger

Vice-Chair: Laurie Syms

Recording Secretary: Pat Hair

Christian Education: Nancy Moore, Karen Kirwan

Financial Secretary: Jane McQuistion

Treasurer: Bonnie Boudreault

Co-Lay Leaders: Stan Polaske, Amy Diati

Lay Member Annual Conference: Charles Syms

Alternate Lay Member: TBD

Finance Team Chair: Kareen Brown

SPPRC (Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee) Chairperson: Laurie Syms 

Trustee Chair: Matt Tanger 

Outreach Chair: Nancy Ott

United Women of Faith Chair: Vergie Oettinger

United Methodist Men Chair: Dick Casseri

Fundraiser Chair: Joyce Alinger

Youth Representatives: Bill Schiferle, Kareen Brown

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Chair: Vergie Oettinger

Vice-Chair: Laurie Syms

Recording Secretary: Pat Hair

Christian Education: Nancy Moore, Karen Kirwan

Financial Secretary: Jane McQuistion

Treasurer: Bonnie Boudreault

Co-Lay Leaders: Stan Polaske, Amy Diati

Lay Member Annual Conference: Charles Syms

Alternate Lay Member: TBD

Finance Team Chair: Kareen Brown

SPPRC (Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee) Chairperson: Laurie Syms 

Trustee Chair: Matt Tanger 

Outreach Chair: Nancy Ott

United Women of Faith Chair: Vergie Oettinger

United Methodist Men Chair: Dick Casseri

Fundraiser Chair: Joyce Alinger

Youth Representatives: Bill Schiferle, Kareen Brown

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Trustees

Members

Matt Tanger, Jeff Hair, Vergie Oettinger, Rob Enderle, Don McQuistion, James Palanivel, Doug DuBois, Ray Wedekindt, Dick Casseri

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Matt Tanger, Jeff Hair, Vergie Oettinger, Rob Enderle, Don McQuistion, James Palanivel, Doug DuBois, Ray Wedekindt, Dick Casseri

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SPPRC

Members

Rev Dr Kandace Brooks, Laurie Syms, Stan Polaske, Barb Hadsell, Geri Westwood, Martin Weir, Vergie Oettinger, Rose Havrilla, Nancy Moore, Amy Diati

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Rev Dr Kandace Brooks, Laurie Syms, Stan Polaske, Barb Hadsell, Geri Westwood, Martin Weir, Vergie Oettinger, Rose Havrilla, Nancy Moore, Amy Diati

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Finance Team

Members

Kareen Brown, Bonnie Boudreault, Jane McQuistion, Vergie Oettinger (counting coordinator)

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Kareen Brown, Bonnie Boudreault, Jane McQuistion, Vergie Oettinger (counting coordinator)

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Communication Team

Members

Newsletter: Bonnie Boudreault

Website: Rob Enderle, Pat Hair, Linda Schriver

Facebook: Pat Hair

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Newsletter: Bonnie Boudreault

Website: Rob Enderle, Pat Hair, Linda Schriver

Facebook: Pat Hair

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Steward Guild

Members

Altar Guild: Bill Schiferle, Terri Tanger

Sound/Projection/Livestream: Charles Syms, Rob Enderle, Rob, Greaves, Pat Hair, Jeff Hair, John Havrilla

Ushers/Greeters: Nancy and Bob Moore

Card Ministry: Amy Diati

Food Pantries: Bob and Nancy Moore, Nancy Ott

Native Americann Ministries: Bonnie Boudreault

Safe Sanctuaries Chair: Charles Syms

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Altar Guild: Bill Schiferle, Terri Tanger

Sound/Projection/Livestream: Charles Syms, Rob Enderle, Rob, Greaves, Pat Hair, Jeff Hair, John Havrilla

Ushers/Greeters: Nancy and Bob Moore

Card Ministry: Amy Diati

Food Pantries: Bob and Nancy Moore, Nancy Ott

Native Americann Ministries: Bonnie Boudreault

Safe Sanctuaries Chair: Charles Syms

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Team on Lay Leadership Nominations

Members

Brenda Klepser, Nancy Ott, Cheryl Pauly, Karen Polaske, Karen Kirwan, Linda Schriver

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Brenda Klepser, Nancy Ott, Cheryl Pauly, Karen Polaske, Karen Kirwan, Linda Schriver

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Peggy Lockwood

Housekeeper

Peggy has been with us many years and keeps our church bright and shiny! But like a church mouse we seldom see her in action! We are blessed!

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Peggy has been with us many years and keeps our church bright and shiny! But like a church mouse we seldom see her in action! We are blessed!

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