Staff

We welcome your call (716) 662-9348 or email to any member of our church staff. Or if you prefer, you may contact us using our online Contact Form.

 

The Rev. Dr. Richard Young, Head of Staff
The Rev. Dr. Richard Young has served as Pastor and Head of Staff at OPPC since 2002. As Head of Staff, Dick oversees the administration, operation and spiritual direction of the church, and is the staff liaison to the Mission Ministry Team. Dick, his wife Colleen, and their three children moved to Orchard Park from the Pittsburgh area, where he had served two churches during the previous 12 years. Dick holds a BS in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

 

 The Rev. Allyn Foster, Pastoral Assistant
Rev. Allyn Foster joined the staff as a part-time Pastoral Assistant in January 2001, after retiring as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Allyn's primary responsibilities at OPPC include pastoral care, visitation and maintaining contact with all members, in particular those in nursing homes or confined to their homes. He serves as pastor-in-charge in the absence of Rev. Young and is called on to occasionally lead worship and preach. He is the primary administrative contact to the Board of Deacons.

 

Linda Babcock, Director of Education and Mission

Linda has served on the OPPC staff since 1995. In her position, Linda has a two-fold role: She plans, implements and coordinates all educational programs for children, youth and young adults. In addition, she coordinates the Senior High work camp and Confirmation classes and serves as the Administrator of the Child Protection Policy. As staff liaison to the Christian Education Ministry Team, she works with the team in creating new mission frontiers and keeping current ones in the forefront of the congregation. She also has oversight of the library and other resources for the mission and education of the church.

 

Debbie Babski, Office Manager
Debbie joined the staff in 2007 as Office Manager. She has a B.A. in Business Administration and has over 7 years' experience in Administration and Human Resources. Debbie has extensive accounting experience and serves as staff liaison to the Administration and Finance Ministry Team.

 

Sherry Pomeroy, RN, PhD, Faith Community Nurse
We welcomed Sherry to our staff on June 1, 2015.  She comes with a vast background and experience in the nursing field. Your Faith Community Nurse provides holistic health services, utilizing spiritual care, while identifying the health needs of the congregation. She is available to provide crisis intervention to members; offer health education and promotional materials; supervise congreational volunteers in health-related activites and provide patient advocacy.  Sherry is the Staff Liaison to the Health Ministry Team.

Gregory White, Director of Music and Organist
Gregory White is Director of Music at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and in that role he provides the leadership for the music ministry program. As Director of Music he serves as Director of the Sanctuary Choir and Organist for the church, and serves as staff liaison to the Worship Ministry Team. He works in collaboration with the staff of the church, music program assistants, and Music Ministry Team in planning for the services of the church, its choirs, concerts, and other program events and activities. A native of Western New York, Greg is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia; he has toured with his choirs to Europe; he performs regularly with several professional music ensembles and has performed as organist in Germany, England and France. He is Conductor-Music Director of the 100-voice Advent Chorale of WNY and is listed in Who's Who in America. Greg joined the staff in January 2009.

 

 Bonnie Arnold, Director of Handbells & Children's Choirs
Bonnie joined the staff in September 2013.  She brings with her years of experience in the music world, including being a member of the Sanctuary Choir.  Bonnie will be directing the Wilson Memorial Handbell Choir and the Church School Choir.  We are thrilled to welcome Bonnie to the Music Ministry of OPPC.

 

 

Aimee McCann, Executive Assistant
Aimee began working at OPPC in April of 1992. Aimee assists with various office activities, assisting the entire staff. She compiles the weekly bulletin for worship and maintains the church calendar, as well as the weekly flower calendar, and coordinating facility use.  
 

Deb Galloway, Administrative Support Coordinator
Deb joined the staff in December 2004 and is a part-time staff member. She assists in answering and directing calls to the church office. Her other responsibilities include compiling, printing and mailing of the church newsletter; maintaining the church website;compiling Session minutes; ordering supplies; coordinating Christmas and Easter Flower orders; and other general office communications and work. Deb is also the Staff Liaison to the Membership Ministry Team.

Daniel Hay, Custodian
Dan began serving OPPC, beginning in January 2010. He is responsible for the maintenance of all buildings and grounds and for the security of the premises. He performs minor repairs, prepares rooms for the many groups, inside and outside OPPC, who use our facilities. Dan assists at weddings and memorial services.  In addition, Dan acts as Staff Liaison to the Property Ministry Team.  Dan is an active member of OPPC and sings in the Sanctuary Choir.