Pastor Christine Mitchell

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Pastor Chris Mitchell, began serving Honeoye Falls United Methodist Church in July 2019 as her first appointment as a Licensed local pastor.  Before her appointment here, she served at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greece, NY as the Youth Pastor, and Co-Christian Education Director.  She worked at building up their youth programs, hosted lock-in, served on the District Committee on Youth Ministry, and supported the Conference Council on Youth Ministry.  She also helped run seasonal Children’s programs, taught children’s Sunday school and confirmation classes.  Outside her employment duties, Pastor Chris also served as the Worship, Worship Enhancement, and Communications Committee Chair.  Currently, she is enrolled at Northeastern Seminary, working towards her Masters of Divinity and plans to continue through the ordination process to become an Ordained Elder.  

Pastor Chris comes to us, along with her two children Jacob and Kennedy.  Both have been confirmed in the United Methodist Church.  Jacob currently works in IT, and Kennedy is working at West Wind Farms in Hilton, NY. Both Jacob and Kennedy have participated in youth group, youth events, and several mission trips.  While Jacob has stayed within the US (Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Vermont), Kennedy has served three consecutive years at Project Chacocente in Masaya, Nicaragua. Jacob graduated from Penfield High School in 2016, and Kennedy graduated from a homeschool program in 2018.  

Outside the church, Pastor Chris is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton. She serves as the club secretary as well as the Finger Lakes Division Youth Protection Coordinator.  Along with that, Pastor Chris is also a Genesee Valley District Trainer for Safe Sanctuaries.

Music Director

Joe Blackburn

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Joe Blackburn and his wife Eileen Buholtz reside in a large beautiful home in the city of Rochester with their much-loved pets. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and is the organist at The George Eastman Museum. With a background as a piano teacher, an opera coach, and a musical theater conductor, Joe has been Honeoye Falls UMC Music Director for over 25 years. He is part of the team that selects appropriate music for all our church’s services in a music style known as blended. This includes Hymns and special music from contemporary to traditional.

He loves playing our Johnson and Son 1893 tracker action pipe organ and he oversees its maintenance so it remains a vital asset of our church and he plays our grand piano when our lead pianist, Gary Albright is out of town. Joe also conducts our Bell Choir, recently upgraded to three octaves of Schulmerich bells and now is inviting new volunteers to play them. Please email or phone Joe if you would like more information on joining the Bell Choir.

Office/Financial Secretary

Jillian Lloyd

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Jillian Lloyd has lived in the HFL area since marrying her husband, Charles (CJ) in July 2009. They have 2 daughters, Madelyn and Samantha. Jillian joined the church staff in January 2016, after staying home with the girls for 3 years. She has a Secretary/Administrative Assistant background, having worked for the Pluta Cancer Center/Strong Memorial Hospital and Sutherland Global Services for close to 10 years before deciding to stay at home and focus on her children.

My normal duties include:

  • Creating the weekly Church bulletins
  • Acting as editor for the monthly Newsletter
  • Creating the Church’s digital display presentation for weekly services in’Media-Shout’
  • Normal office duties including mail sorting, phone calls during office hours, returning voicemails, email correspondence, preparing mailings, etc.
  • Support services to our Pastor and the Leadership team
  • Website input and Administrative Duties
  • Assisting the Finance Treasurer
  • And many, many other things!

Jill can be reached by phone at (585) 624-3387 during her office hours. Office hours are updated weekly on the Church website as well as posted at the side door and in the weekly bulletin. She can be reached any time by email at

Nursery/Twos Together

Anita Forney

Anita has been a member of the Honeoye Falls United Methodist Church for over 20 years. She was a Sunday School teacher for 14 years and also taught at Vacation Bible School. Anita is now the Nursery Care provider for the Church as well as the co-teacher for Twos Together

Two's Together

Ellen Hallahan

Mrs. Hallahan is the director of the school and has taught at Twos Together for 22 years. She has a BA in English with a minor in Environmental science. She was a youth instructor at the Rochester Museum and Science Center's Gannett School of Science and Man for 6 years. She taught Vacation Bible School for 19 years, was the religious education coordinator at St. Paul fo the Cross Church for 15 years as well as the junior high religious ed. instructor for 25 years., and is trained in first aid and CPR. Mrs. Hallahan is married with three children.

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