This workshop is designed as training for elders and deacons. Join us to gain practical leadership tools and hone your skills for the ministry where God has called you to serve. We will be defining what elders and deacons are, why their roles and responsibilities are vital for the church, and how you can aim to be faithful in your ministry. We hope new and returning elders and deacons will leave feeling equipped and inspired.



Rev. Aaron Neff is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, N.Y., and moderator-elect of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. He believes that congregational health depends on the equipping of lay leaders for ministry. He holds theological degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Wheaton College Graduate School, and the University of Valley Forge.





Rev. Erin Schubmehl Jacobson is associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, N.Y. Erin is passionate about training and equipping all church members (not just deacons and elders) to be confident in offering pastoral care. Erin earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education and Development from the Margaret Warner School at the University of Rochester, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ithaca College. In addition to ministry, Erin’s professional experience also included time teaching in public schools in both New York and Louisiana.