New Pastoral Leaders
Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley
Whether you are just looking us over or have already been called to serve Christ with us we hope you find these resources helpful. Taking time to peruse our website will provide a snapshot of how we are organized and how we are living out our service in Christ together. Certainly, this isn’t the only avenue to become acquainted with us, but it is a convenient first stop.
As you walk through this time of transition we encourage you to get to know the Committee on Ministry (COM) liaison to your church. Your COM liaison is a valuable support resource for you and your church as you begin your ministry together. Please know that you can always contact our Presbytery staff with your questions and concerns.
In addition to links to various pages within our website, we’ve included resources to introduce you to the greater Rochester area- topics that will be described in the the drop down accordion list below including:
- Board of Pensions (BOP) medical and dental insurance information to assist as you choose medical care in our area
- Find a Physician links for Rochester’s two major healthcare systems
- Links to many local service agencies to assist you as you begin your ministry
- Links to help you find recreational, cultural, and family oriented activities in our area
We look forward to getting to know your interests and needs, as well as learning how we can work together.
-Susan Orr, transitional leader and stated clerk
New to the Pastoral Role
Early Ministry Institute – a three-year program offered by the Synod of the Northeast and designed to encourage and support pastors, chaplains, and CRE’s in their first call
New to the Presbytery
- PGV vision
- PGV structure
- PGV organization map
- Neighborhood listing
- PGV Church locator
- Presbytery Emergency Aid Fund for minister members, commissioned pastors, certified Christian educators & Presbytery staff
There are two major medical networks in the Rochester NY area:
Both medical networks (URMC and RRH):
- Are well known networks with highly trained specialists
- Communicate and coordinate care in the best interest of the patient
- Are “in network” for Highmark BCBS–verification before choosing a physician is recommended
- Have urgent care sites and blood draw sites scattered across the region
- Have a find-a-physician app
Getting recommendations for doctors from your congregation and friends in the area is a great way to find a good doctor. NOTE: Those doctors may not be accepting new patients but a physician in the practice may do so.
NOTE: Both the Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO) and the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) options are available in the greater Rochester area–be sure to check that the dental practice is an approved provider and/or an in-network dentist.
211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services” If you aren’t sure how 211 can help check out this link.
Most of the churches within the Presbytery of Genesee Valley fall into the Finger Lakes 211 region, but some will fall into Western NY region. The landing page has a ‘your local 211’ feature where you can put in your zip code and it will take you to your local 211.
From that page you will be able to search the category of assistance you are looking for. Through 211 you can quickly find local services for just about any need that comes before you.
Our Rochester Feeding America organization is FoodLink.
Nearly all the local food pantries within our Presbytery are connected to and serviced by Foodlink.
On the Foodlink Landing page the FIND FOOD feature is prominent in two places. Once you go to FIND FOOD you also get a FIND FOOD NOW feature. Foodlink Foodlinks mission and work is broad and goes beyond food pantries.
Monroe County: 1-585-546-2777
Genesee, Livingston, Orleans & Wyoming Counties: 1-800-527-1757
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Hours: 24/7. Languages: English, Spanish. 800-799-7233 WEBSITE
Suicide, Veterans, Health, Wellness, Aging
- Suicide Hotline
- Lifeline: 988
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally. Website
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 1-800-273-8255
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 press 1 or text 8383255
- Health and Wellness: Affordable Health Care in underserved neighborhoods
- Geneseo Parish Outreach Center (Health Center; Livingston County): “Affordable Health Care, Quality Service, Healthy Living” 585-243-3120; call for appointment
- Anthony Jordan Health Center: 585-423-5800 82 Holland St. Rochester NY 14605
- Orleans County
- Genesee County
- Genesee and Orleans County
- Ontario County
- Mental Health, Batavia NY Genesee County: 585-344-1421; Care and Crisis Helpline: 585-283-5200 Text Line: 741741
Office of the Aging: