Meet Our Staff
The Rev. Lane Campbell
The Rev. Michelle Yates
MINISTER OF LIFESPAN FAITH
Position Currently Not Filled.
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About Reverend Lane Campbell
Rev. Lane Campbell began her time at First Universalist Church in August of 2018. She comes here from Columbus, OH where she served 5 years doing children and youth ministry. Prior to that, she did her parish internship and chaplaincy residency in Kansas City, KS.
Rev. Lane brings a plethora of passions to her ministry including creative worship, building intergenerational community, and action for social justice. She regularly volunteers with youth in a listening capacity, recognizing there is so much to learn from our young people. For three years, she worked to create worship for the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, collaborating with many religious leaders to bring worship plans to life on our denomination's largest chancel.
She received a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry on Berkeley, CA. Her Bachelors of Arts Degree was focused on Philosophy and Multicultural Studies at Antioch College. In her schooling, Rev. Lane learned much from traveling, teaching, and listening in internship and co-op experiences at both schools.
In her free time, Rev. Lane enjoys films, cooking, active exercise, and quality time with her spouse, Anthony Letchworth, and their cranky cat, Flash Gordon.
About Reverend Michelle Yates
Michelle grew up in the Buffalo NY area. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health & Human Services from SUNY Buffalo (UB) and her Masters of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Michelle is passionate about Lifespan Faith Formation which to her means opportunities to explore wisdom, joy, and love in our world, in each other, and within ourselves. She aims to coordinate such opportunities for all age ranges in our spiritual community.
Michelle lives in Rochester with her husband Mike, three teen-aged step-children, a preschooler, and a small menagerie of animals. She looks forward to meeting with members of the community of all ages, and helping match them up with a mode of faith exploration that works for them.
About Brock Tjosvold
Brock is currently a student at the Eastman School of Music, where he is earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. He is originally from Kimball, NE, and was previously living in Bloomington, IN, where he has been in school for the last two years.
Brock stays busy with a varied music career as a pianist, organist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and choral conductor.Brock enjoys attending concerts and movies in his free time. He also loves to hike and explore new areas while traveling.
About Emma Barry
Emma grew up in Rochester and the surrounding area and recently moved back after an exciting series of adventures in San Francisco and New Orleans. She has her BFA in graphic design from SUNY Oswego, and is obsessed with typefaces. Emma is passionate about helping people and contributing to the greater good, and is thrilled to be part of the staff of First Universalist.
Emma also works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. When she is not working she enjoys reading, knitting, baking, watching a vast amount of movies, and overall being a huge geek. She also has two rescue cats, the delightfully tetchy Malachai, and the sweet-tempered Haplo.
About Carol Williams
Carol works in the nursery every Sunday morning with children six weeks to kindergarten age. She has a Red Cross certification in CPR and is interested in helping children develop their kindness skills. She teaches the children that they are important, and emphasizes life lessons, such as hands are for helping, not for hurting.
During the work week, Carol provides in-home day care. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting dolls, traveling to foreign countries, trying new recipes, and spending time with her four grandchildren.
About Sundae Hodge
Sundae Hodge is an enthusiastic assistant in childcare. She is the mother of four and has three grandchildren. She loves the atmosphere at First Universalist Church. 'Everyone is so friendly and loving here—and I mean everyone!' she exclaims.
She enjoys teaming with Carol. Understanding that children are developing their own identities, Sundae says that both Carol and she try to teach the children to love themselves first, so they can learn to love others.