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Pastor - Rev. Gail Swanson
bio coming soon

Youth and Family Minister - vacant

Director of Music Ministries, Joshua Brown

     Joshua, his wife Elizabeth, daughter Greta and son Elijah relocated to Rochester for Elizabeth’s job as Senior Director of Research and Prospect Management at the University of Rochester. Prior to moving to New York, Mr.  Brown served as Director of Music and Organist for Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin.

     Joshua Brown began his music studies in northeastern Vermont and went on to receive performance degrees with highest honors from Susquehanna University and Northwestern University, where his teachers included Susan Hegberg and Douglas Cleveland. He has also studied with faculty from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and with composer and organist Michael Burkhardt.  Mr. Brown maintains an active membership in the American Guild of Organists and served on the Executive Board of the Milwaukee Chapter.  

     Guided by the belief that God gives musical talents as spiritual gifts, Mr. Brown encourages all members of Atonement Lutheran Church to steward their musical talents – no matter how great or how small – through participation in the musical life of this church.  Contact Mr. Brown at Jhbrown@atonementrochester.org or 262 994 0470 to offer your ideas or share your talents in the building up of worship and music at Atonement. 

Kristin Werner Romell, Administrative Assistant
     After careers managing programs and camps in the YMCA and Head Start; Kristin began working at Atonement in the fall of 2004 in addition to also working with youth and families at another Lutheran church.
     A life-long Lutheran, a product of Lutheran camps and college (Camp Ma-He-Tu and Pinecrest, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA), and a preacher's kid to boot; Kristin lives in Fairport with her children Mickey, 19, and Emma, 16. In her free time she enjoys reading, bike riding, many activities outdoors and all things related to social media and networking.

Najati "Jessie" Taha, Cleaning Contractor
     Jesse is from the West Bank - Jerusalem and has been in the US for more than 16 years and keeping Atonement clean for about 6 years. Jessie has 2 children, John, 22 and Jenny, 13. Jesse is busy with his cleaning contract business and his car dealership.