Rev. Anthony Selvaggio

Senior Pastor


Anthony T. Selvaggio is a pastor, author, lecturer, conference speaker and former practicing attorney.  Prior to serving in his current role as Pastor of the Rochester Christian Reformed Church (CRCNA) in Rochester, NY, Anthony also served as pastor of the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania from 2002-2007.










Anthony has previously served as a visiting professor at Ottawa Theological Hall, Ottawa, Canada and as an adjunct professor at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University at Buffalo School of Law and his Masters of Divinity from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  He received his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. 



His major published works include:


He edited and contributed to The Faith Once Delivered (P & R Publishing, 2007) and co-edited and contributed to Sing a New Song! (Reformation Heritage Books, 2010).



He has been married to his wife, Michelle, for over two decades and has two children, Katherine and James.


For a complete listing of Rev. Selvaggio's works click here.





























Rev. Jantina (Tineke) Cornelison

Minister of the Word Emeritus


Hebrews 13:2  "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."


Although no longer an official member of our staff, Pastor Tineke remains actively involved in caring for people and making them feel welcome at RCRC. The RCRC family continues to value her spiritual leadership and wisdom.

Jantina Cornelison received her masters of Arts from Nazareth College where upon she taught at the elementary levels in both public and private schools, including Rochester Christian School. Feeling the call of God, she earned her Master of Divinity from Roberts Wesleyan College. She received her Classical Diploma for Ordination from Calvin College through the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidates program.   


Adam Potter


Adult Choir Director

Dr. Adam Potter is the director of the adult choir at Rochester Christian Reformed Church. He is also Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, where he teaches courses in conducting, music education, aural skills, and conducts The Roberts Chorale

He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education and choral conducting from Houghton College. He completed a PhD in choral conducting and music education from Florida State University in 2015. Among other honors, he is the recipient of Presser and Presidential Scholarships from Houghton College, the Barbara S. Muller Excellence in Teaching Award from Roberts Wesleyan College, and has been recognized as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi Kappa Lambda, the

American honor society for musicians. 

 

Prior to relocating to Rochester and joining the RCRC family, Adam enjoyed combining his passions for music in higher education and in worship settings with simultaneous appointments at Delta State University and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, Miss. (2015–2017) and Florida State University and the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy in Florida’s Big Bend region (2012–2015). His career as a church musician has included choral, instrumental, and handbell conducting, oversight of children’s vocal music ministries, accompanying for soloists, ensembles, and congregational worship, and vocal coaching. 

 

During the summer seasons, Adam serves on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music, a Christian music camp for middle and high school students. Other highlights of his professional career include serving as pianist and assistant conductor for Vox Lumine and teaching for five seasons at the Interlochen Arts Camp. His work as a guest conductor, clinician, and presenter has brought him to engagements in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, as well as the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and Nairobi Chamber Chorus. He continues to delight in working with high school and college students and professional music educators at every level. Learn more about Adam and his work at www.AdamPotterMusic.com

 

RCRC has a long heritage of excellence in traditional worship. Adam looks forward to continuing to foster that heritage of outstanding sacred music in worship to God and service to God’s people. 

Kathy Quinn


Worship Coordinator

H. Ironside  "Real worship is that of the heart."    


Kathy graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Music Education. She began working in church music while in college and had the opportunity to help in establishing Parkminster Music School in Chili where she taught piano and voice lessons. She has directed adult and youth handbell choirs at Parkminster Presbyterian Church, All Saints Episcopal Church, Penfield United Methodist Church and most recently at RCRC where she also directed the Adult Choir from 2002-2015. From 2013 to the present time, she has served as Worship Coordinator, a role that supports the Senior Pastor and coordinates and supports the ministries of the church in the areas of worship and music.


RCRC vision statement states, “As a growing, multi-generational community of Christians, we are called to faithful obedience and holy living; we offer our hearts and lives to do God's work in our world. We dedicate ourselves to worship God joyfully, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and transform lives and culture by the power of the Holy Spirit. We want to become like Jesus Christ in all we think, say, and do.”


Harry Ironside made the point “Real worship is that of the heart.” As worship coordinator, Kathy’s goal each week is that RCRC’s worship would have Jesus Christ as its focus and that the church’s corporate worship would grow out of its individual member’s personal heart relationship with Jesus Christ. “In worship, God speaks and God listens. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God challenges us, comforts us, and awakens us. And by the prompting of the Holy Spirit we listen and then respond with praise, confession, petition, testimony, and dedication.


https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/towards-a-theology-of-worship-john-witvliet-tws-prologue-

Position Available

Organist


If you are interested, please contact the church office.

Julie Vande Brake

Director of Youth Ministries


Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."   


I was born in the Amazon area of Brazil and grew up exposed to many places, cultures and philosophies. My semi-nomadic life broadened my horizons but I've been blessed to put down roots in Rochester where my family has been part of RCRC since 2001.  My husband Tim and I have five children, for whom we are very grateful.   I volunteered in the youth and GEMS programs for several years before I officially became the Director of Youth Ministries in 2010.


I graduated from King University, majoring in both English and Elementary Education.  I consider it a joy to never stop learning.  Besides spending time with my family, I love to read--fiction, memoir, biography and theology.  I feel spoiled to be able to do in my work some of the things I love best: read Scripture and other books and have conversations about faith and life.  


The vision for our youth ministry is guided by the mission of the church. We seek to bring the light of the Gospel in tangible ways. Our goal is to enable youth to keep the faith through college, and into adulthood. The programs focus on Scripture, prayer, service, and fellowship. Youth are encouraged to be involved in the church as well as the larger community.

Reba Veenje


Office Administrator

Interim Church Life Coordinator

I began regularly attending RCRC in 1996, when my husband, Danny, and I moved back to the Rochester area. While traditional services with liturgy were new to me, I soon recognized and appreciated the focus on the sovereignty of God and on being agents of change within our culture. Danny and I, along with our five children, are grateful to be part of this church family and encourage you to come visit. Feel free to contact me in the church office so that we can help you make connections and answer any questions you may have.