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The Reverend Deborah Fae Swift
Probably not what you would think of as your “typical pastor,” Pastor Deb came to South Church in 2008 after successful careers as a musician, a public school teacher, a community organizer and a non-profit administrator. Originally from Oneonta, NY, she became a Rochesterian in the late 1980′s and was ordained in the Presbyterian church as a Minister of Word & Sacrament (also known as a Teaching Elder) in 1990. A graduate of Hartwick College, the State University of NY at Oneonta and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, she continues to be a student of interfaith dialogue.
Pastor Deb is committed to urban ministry and exploring new models of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century. You are just as likely to see her speaking to the City Council about neighborhood development, engaging someone around politics and ethics while at a local watering hole, or hanging with the teens as you are to hear her preach.
She seeks to practice reconciliation through understanding and education. Owning a home in the city’s Neighborhood of the Arts, she is a single mom of her daughter, Carly, and other children of her heart — all of whom are nevigating work schedules and college. They have a dog and a cat, love movies and have way too many books!
Rev. Dr. Jane Sarjeant Watt
A native of Rochester, Jane is a retired pastor and former executive for the Southern New England Presbytery. She has served as a consultant for the PC(USA) General Assembly on Stewardship and Mission Funding, as a development officer for the Presbyterian Foundation in the Synod of Lincoln Trails, and as a trustee for Auburn Seminary. Jane is a graduate of Russell Sage College, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and Columbia Theological Seminary . She became South’s Parish Associate in 2013.
Andy has been affiliated with South Presbyterian Church since 2002, shortly after he moved to Rochester from his native New Jersey. An accomplished pianist, guitarist, and actor/singer, Andy teaches vocal music at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester, holds degrees from Columbia University (BA) and the Eastman School of Music (MA), and can be found regularly directing the music directing and accompanying theatrical productions at Blackfriars Theatre and elsewhere in the community. Andy lives in Brighton with his family.
Director of Operations
Kevin joined our staff in 2009. After the building was sold in 2014, he left to pursue a career in medical billing with several nursing homes in 2015 & 2016. In October 2016, he returned to South PC as Director of Operations to assist with the growing needs of the Acts of Faith Model of Ministry. He’s always working on many professional and personal projects including home renovations.
He has recently become a HUGE fan of traveling to Aruba in December with his partner Paul (he’s also a huge fan of Paul!).