ABOUT US

Faith

God made a promise in the Bible that if we seek after Him, we’ll find Him. You are a valued part of God’s creation and His deep desire is to be in a relationship with you. So come and join us as we pursue God together!

 

Family

At Shenendehowa United Methodist Church we value the family and we believe church should be a place for people of all ages. We provide children's ministries alongside our regular services in an age-appropriate environment for kids to encounter Christ.

 

Leadership

Shenendehowa United Methodist Church is guided by a leadership team who provide overall direction and watch over the spiritual needs of the church community. Our pastor and staff provide sound, practical, biblical teaching at each worship service. 

WHO WE ARE

OUR PURPOSE

Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

 

OUR MISSION

Our beliefs are based on the Bible and centered on Jesus Christ. Our mission is very simple: "Connecting People to Christ and Community."

 

We’re not about a building or a complicated religious system, but about helping people from all backgrounds discover the joy that comes from knowing and serving Jesus Christ.

OUR VISION

We are Centered in Christ.......

  • .....Growing in Faith
  • .....Connecting with Others
  • .....Serving in Love

OUR HISTORY

SMALL BEGINNINGS

  1. Formed in 1957 when four local churches merged to become Shenendehowa UMC.
  2. Services were first held at our current location in 1959. 
  3. We've had three large building expansions, the Sanctuary being the most recent in 1997.
  4. We have a large Sunday school, a growing program of adult education, vocal choirs for people of all ages and bell choirs. The congregation also has a rich tradition of serving others.

OUR TEAM

Lee Carlson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Lee grew up in Ashville, NY—a suburb of Jamestown, NY. He was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and was active at Camp Street United Methodist Church in Jamestown.

Denise Gottung

Executive Pastor

Denise grew up in Fairport, NY, moving to Clifton Park after graduating college.  It was then that she met her husband, Gary, and they married in 1997.  They have two daughters, Emily and Lindsay.  Prior to joining the 

Paul McCue

Visitation Minister

Brother Paul is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a Commissioned Healing Minister and a Designated Prayer Chaplin & Life Professed Brother in the Community of Aidan & Hilda.

Denise Walling

Deaconess

Denise grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. She studied biology and psychology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After moving to New York, she studied at the New York Theological Seminary,

Erin O'Meara

Preschool Director

preschooldirector@shenumc.org

Jennifer Degenhart

Financial Secretary

financialsecretary@shenumc.org

Lauri Nair

Coordinator of Music Ministries

Jayne Dozois

Organist

Peter Ryan

Lead Custodian

HELPING PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS

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