Leadership

Pastors & Staff

REV. DR. JIMMY READER

Pastor

The Reverend Dr. Jimmy Reader looks forward to celebrating 50 years of active, ordained ministry in May 2020 while continuing an active, enthusiastic ministry as pastor of the United Church. He combines his decades-long pastoral experience with a dozen years of intentional interim and church conflict consulting experience.
An American Baptist minister, Rev. Reader has also served as interim pastor of four Presbyterian churches and has consulted with over 20 churches, many of them United Methodist congregations. He earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (M.Div., D.Min.) degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, doing his doctoral thesis work in the area of change and conflict.
You might want to "like" Jimmy's Facebook page and see his blog, where you can join in a conversation around how churches can be the Community of God engaged in God's mission in the 21st century world.
Dr. Reader (who prefers to be called Jimmy) has published three books, including Moral Values: What I Learned Growing Up in Church (2004), which you can read online.
Jimmy is married to Rev. Joy Bergfalk (also an American Baptist minister and former pastor at East Rochester and York Baptist churches). She currently serves as executive director of the Coffee Connection, a nonprofit business working with women in recovery from addiction. Read more about her work here.

CHEN LIANG

Organist and Pianist

Born in Chengdu, China to a music family, pianist Chen Liang started his piano study at age of five with Cai Ying, professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. At a very young age, he won many prizes in several municipal and provincial competitions. At the age of twelve, he began to study with Professor Zheng Daxin. In 2007, when he was 16, Chen won the first prize of his group in the 3rd Lira International Piano competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then Chen has performed all over the world. In 2008, impressed by his performance for the Japanese and German friendship delegators, Chen was selected by the Chinese government to visit Japan following the Chinese president Hu Jintao’s state visit to Tokyo. In 2010, after giving up the opportunities to go to Peking and Tsing Hua University, the top universities in China, Chen decided to go to Sichuan Conservatory of Music, and to study piano professionally with Professor Zeng ’Ai. In 2011, Chen was chosen to go to the “Prestissimo” International Chamber Music Festival in Pennsylvania and in 2012 he won the 3rd prize in the “Imola” International Piano Competition in China. Chen has been to several music festivals such as “Imola” International Piano Festival in Italy (2012), Piano Texas in USA (2013, 2017), Summer Academy of Mozarteum in Austria (2014) and Chautauqua Music Festival piano program (2015, 2017, 2018). Chen is the winner of the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship Competition in 2015 and Lynn Concerto Competition in 2014, he also won the 5th prize of the Piano Texas Concerto Competition in 2017 and the honorable mention of Florida state MTNA young artist competition in 2015. Besides playing the piano, Chen is also interested in composition and teaching. His works have been played around the world and he is now a recipient of the Advanced Certificate for Community Teaching by Eastman School of Music.  

As a high school student, his friends invited him to play piano for Christian worship services. He has played for Episcopal, Lutheran, and Jewish services in the U.S.
Chen continues doctoral studies in piano performance and literature at Eastman. 

BRIANA HANSON

Administrative Assistant 

Briana Hanson was born and raised in Rochester, NY and is a longtime member of the United Church of Pittsford. She graduated from Nazareth College with a B.A. in Communication and Media and Spanish. Briana has worked on social media for the Coffee Connection, United Church of Pittsford, and Nazareth College Arts Center, where she also wrote an article for The Empty Closet magazine. She enjoys when her work is rooted in writing, editing, and content creation because she is passionate about telling stories

When she’s not in the office you can usually find Briana camping, taking photos, or eating ice cream. Maybe even taking photos of ice cream while camping.

DOT BORDEN

Director of the United Choir

Dot Borden recently came back from retirement to work with the United Choir.
She served as Choir Director at the United Church of Pittsford from 1979 to 1999, having been organist and/or choir director at the Honeoye Falls United Methodist Church for 15 years prior to that. She directed the Bell Choir at UCP from 1987 to 2016.
Dot was also the piano accompanist for the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District for 20 years. A preacher’s kid, she grew up in the Mohawk Valley of New York State. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Music Education.
Dot has four children and 6 grandchildren, all of whom are musicians.