Pastor Eric is a Western New York native, he grew up in Buffalo, NY. He attended classes at United Lutheran Seminary where he graduated in May of 2019. Prior to seminary he attended the University of Buffalo and graduated with a degree in History. While attending the University of Buffalo, Eric managed several quick service restaurants throughout the WNY area. He discerned a call towards ordained ministry while serving as a sexton at a Lutheran church in Buffalo.
While attending classes in Philadelphia, Eric served at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Burlhome, PA. He was elected and served as Student Body President of the seminary, where he led the student body as they merged with a sister school in Gettysburg, PA. Between 2017 and 2018 he served as a Pastoral Intern at St. John Lutheran Church in Williamsville, NY.
Eric’s passion for ministry centers on education and storytelling. He sees the Bible not as a collection of verses and truths, but an elaborate tale that tells us who we are and how we relate to our creator. Understanding these stories and larger narrative they are trying to tell us are imperative to christian discipleship. Eric endeavors through education to open up these stories and narratives to all.
Eric and his wife Janice met while he was completing a summer chaplain internship at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is currently a Fellow in the Gastroenterology department at Strong. They were married in 2017. Eric and Janice also have a Shetland Sheepdog named Reggie. Eric enjoys reading, cooking, and kayaking in his spare time with his family.
Dr. Alex Kuczynski holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MA and PhD, piano studies in the studio of Rebecca Penneys) and Vassar College (BA in music and cognitive science). A collaborative pianist since the age of twelve, Alex had an early career accompanying in the church, school choirs, and music festivals. In high school, between 1998 - 2000, he competed in choral festivals as accompanist and won awards at district, regional and all-state levels in the state of Pennsylvania. Alex was then employed as staff accompanist at Vassar and Nazareth Colleges over the course of college and graduate school, and currently serves as pianist, organist and music director at Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rochester. In addition to concert and church accompanying, Alex also serves as pianist and frequently music director for numerous theater groups including the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (pianist only), Rochester Lyric Opera concerts (pianist only), the First Light Players, the Off-Monroe Players, and the Geneseo Community Players. Since 2014, he has music directed numerous shows from the piano including The Sorcerer (2014), A Victorian Valentine (2015), A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol (2015), Cox and Box (2016), Musical Mystery of 1932 (2016), Pirates of Penzance (2016 and 2018), Patience (2017), 42nd Street (2017, pianist only), The Mikado (2017), Thespis (2018) and numerous traveling Off Monroe Players revue group performances. Additionally, Alex enjoys performing solo piano music in a range of styles from the 17th - 21st centuries and plays in a rock band. An expert teacher in both music theory and piano, Alex served as Visiting Instructor of music theory at Nazareth College (2013 – 14) and previously as Graduate Instructor at the Eastman School of Music during the length of his graduate studies, where he taught the whole undergraduate music theory and aural musicianship curriculum. Currently, Alex teaches about 30 piano students privately, and guides individual pianists as they reach and exceed their goals as musicians and performers.
Kelsie Creamer has been a member of Trinity Emmanuel since 2004 and the Youth Group was an important part of her faith formation. Kelsie holds a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Gannon University and currently works full time as the Junior Athletics Director at Midtown Athletic Club in addition to her Youth Director Position with TELC. Prior to her position at Trinity Emmanuel, Kelsie worked at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center as a Counselor for three summers and Camp Coordinator for one summer. Kelsie has always enjoyed spending time and sharing faith with youth, she feels she learns from them just as much as she teaches.
Our secretary is available M-F 8:30AM - 12:30PM. She can be reached at TELutheran@aol.com or (585) 247-3437