Ministers and Staff
Rev. Dr. Craig Lindsey
There are running jokes of “If it is Saturday, who is Craig marrying today?” and “When a baby starts fussing during the sermon how long before Craig will pick up the child to continue preaching with the babe in arms?” I believe there is a different impact to having the preacher communicate with you, than reading a script; I believe in the power of experience, art and symbolism in worship; I believe in having the Communion, Baptism, Wedding or Memorial spoken to people than being read from a prayerbook, so I regularly commit these to heart. Personally, I think the greatest of sins is that we would bore God and bore one another in worship! After my first ten years in Skaneateles, we had renovated the building and programs, replaced the pipe organ and paid for this, I undertook a doctorate from Columbia investigating the essentials for churches to continually resurrect. As part of that faith exploration, we had a sermon on Jim Collins' “Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals” and a few months later I was traveling solo on behalf of refugees the church had sponsored in South Sudan to re-unite families lost through Civil War. Members of the church responded saying “If Craig can go, we could also” and volunteered to create the first on-going health care facility, growing into what will be the lead health agency in the region. I came to Skaneateles in 1996 after the church had had a Co-Pastorate and an Intentional Interim, and “the next pastor” was referred to as “The Real Pastor” at this point like the Velveteen Rabbit I have “become real” and this church is a very real people of God.
Rev. Mario Bolivar
I am known as “Hello Church!” because of how I usually address the congregation on Sunday mornings. My life journey started in Barranquilla [baraŋˈkiʝa] located in northern Colombia, South America where I was born and raised. I was baptized and made my profession of faith at the Seventh Presbyterian Church, a church of the North Coast Presbytery where my parents are still active members. I have a Bachelors Degree in Law from the Simon Bolivar University in Barranquilla and completed my Master in Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and I am a Latino/Hispanic Legal Inmigrant.
I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors degree in music education and a Masters degree in piano performance. After teaching vocal/general music in the Auburn City School district for over thirty years, I retired in November of 2015. I have been a substitute pianist/organist at St. Mary's of the Lake for ten years, pianist/organist at Borodino Methodist for four years and substituted here, at the Presbyterian church for two years before taking on the interim position. Since retiring I've taken on the position of district accompanist for the Marcellus School district, accompanist for Cato-Meridian School district, rehearsal accompanist for the Auburn High School musical production and have accompanied several All-County concerts in Cayuga County.
Sue Grady has served as Director of the Handbell Choirs from 1985-present. Prior to directing handbells, Sue served as Youth Choir Director from 1982 to 1985. Sue graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA in elementary education N-6 and a double major in music with special certification in piano pedagogy. She has also completed studies leading to Handbell Musician Director Certification. She has been employed by Skaneateles Central Schools as a primary level teacher 1975-present.
Eduardo "Eddy" Hernandez
Eddy was born in San Salvador, El Salvador Central America but was raised in Pennsylvania. He has served as the church custodian since 2010 and he is in charge of general maintenance and cleaning of the building and Sanctuary, also has many years of experience working with the School District of Skaneateles. Eddy is at the Church most days working and arranging the classrooms and meeting places for the ministry of the church. Eddie is married to the love of his life and has three wonderful boys. If you have a recommendation or suggestion about the maintenance of the church please contact our church administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
I have had the privilege of working with infants to preschoolers since 1997 to present. Most of my encounters are with first time parents leaving their precious child in my care during church services. The enjoyment that I get out of playing and exploration with each little girl and boy is the highlight of my week. My education and experience includes being an assistant preschool teacher, a lead teacher of infants, and working with special needs children. I posses the tools to be patient, caring, and loving for the little ones that are in my care. If there are any questions for me please feel free to stop and talk a while. I would enjoy meeting everyone, especially your precious little ones.