Pastor Doug Stewart has served as Trinity Emmanuel’s Transitional Pastor since February 2019.
Pastor Doug grew up on a 12-acre farm in East Montpelier, Vermont. After graduating from Roanoke College in Salem, Va., with his BA in Political Science, Doug received his Master of Divinity from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary and was ordained in June 1994. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Advocacy and Justice Studies through the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
In the twenty-five years that Doug has been serving the church, he has come to discover a passion for issues of social justice and advocacy. Perhaps time spent working on Capitol Hill back in his college years planted seeds for what has become a calling to be a voice for those who have none. Perhaps serving a congregation like Incarnate Word and TELC, which is committed to being a relevant presence in the city of Rochester, has helped kindle this passion of reaching out to the least and the last. More than likely however, Doug’s unquenchable thirst for reaching out to those living on the margins comes from Jesus himself when he told his followers a long time ago, “Love God. Love neighbor. Nothing else matters”.
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