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:

  • The Prophets Speak of Him:  Encountering Jesus in the Minor Prophets, (Evangelical Press, 2006)
  • What the Bible Teaches About Marriage (Evangelical Press, 2007)
  • A Proverbs Driven Life (Shepherd Press, 2008),
  • 24/7 Christian:  Practical Help From the Book of James (Evangelical Press, 2008),
  • The Seven Signs: Seeing the Glory of Christ in the Gospel of John (Reformation Heritage Books, 2010),
  • Get a Grip! (Evangelical Press, 2010),
  • 7 Toxic Ideas Polluting  Your Mind  (P & R Publishing, 2011),
  • From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses (P & R Publishing, 2014) 
  • Meet Martin Luther:  A Sketch of the Reformer’s Life (Reformation Heritage Books, 2017). 


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.


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Tineke Cornelison

Minister of Inviting and Enfolding


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


Tineke 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.   


“As Pastor my involvement with our church is to welcome visitors and help them find a good fit for spiritual growth, a place for joy-filled worship and an active prayer life.”  







Jiaqi Shao

Organist


Psalm 100:1 "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth."

 

Jiaqi Shao is pursuing her BM in Organ Performance in the studio of Professor David Higgs.


She was born in 1997 in Shanghai, China, and began studying piano at the age of four. Jiaqi received third prizes in the “Marshal” Shanghai Teenager Piano Competition (2007) in China, and second prize in the 16th Annual Music Open Competition in the United States (2008). She studied in the Music Middle School (affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music) from 2009-2015. Jiaqi has studied organ since 2011, and was the winner of the teenage group in the Second International Electronic Organ Competition in Beijing, China in 2011.

 

At Eastman, Jiaqi performed in concerts on many occasions, including “Pipedreams Organ Concerts” in Rochester in April, 2016, and she received Eastman’s Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ in 2017. Jiaqi is the first-place winner of the 2017 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists at Buffalo Chapter, and the first-place winner of the 2017 RCYO Regional Competition at the AGO  Convention in Montreal.  

  

Jiaqi was a VanDelinder Fellow at Christ Church Episcopal (Rochester, NY) from 2016 to 2017, and she currently works as an organist at Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield, New York. Jiaqi also enjoys reading, traveling and improvising.

Adam Potter - Adult Choir

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-


JULIE Vande brake

Director of Youth


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 1971 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.


Greg Skizim


Administrative Assistant

Colossians 3:23  "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord... "


Greg worked for Frontier Communications for over 25 years holding a variety of jobs including computer room operations and Disaster Recovery planning.  Retiring from Frontier he came to work at Rochester Christian Reformed church as the lead administrator handling a wide variety of tasks.     


Greg and his wife Loren travelled to Kazakhstan in 2006 where they adopted their daughter Elena.     


If you have any questions about RCRC, please feel free to contact Greg in the office.

REBA Veenje


Administrative Assistant/Sexton


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 or Greg in the church office so that we can help you make connections and answer any questions you may have.