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Rev. Jeffrey B. Childs

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Office | 315 536 6711
Cell | 315 729 4464

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Pastor Jeff was born on September 20, 1952 in Titusville, PA.  In 1970, he graduated from high school and in 1974, he graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Medical Technology.  For one year, he worked as a laboratory technician in Pittsburgh, PA.  To broaden his horizons and see the world, Jeff joined the US Army (Military Intelligence) and trained as a Russian linguist in Monterey, CA.  He was then stationed in Augsburg, Germany for two years.

After the military service ended, Jeff attended seminary at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN from 1980-1983 on the GI Bill.  He was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1982 and an Elder in 1985.

In his first 19 years of ministry, Jeff was blessed to have experienced pastoring three small rural churches, one large church in the lake country of northern MN and a mid-sized suburban church in Hopkins, just west of Minneapolis.

In 2002, Jeff relocated back East as his father was dying of cancer.  Since then Pastor Jeff has had the opportunity to serve churches in the North Central New York Conference, the Western New York Conference and now, the Upper New York Conference.  He was appointed to serve the Penn Yan United Methodist Church in 2011. The church has grown and developed new ministries and mission outreach under his leadership.

Jeff is married to the Rev. Dr. Robin Blair who is serving as the pastor of the Marcellus United Methodist Church.  Between them they have four grown daughters, three sons-in-law and three grandchildren.

Jeff is takies Fridays as his Sabbath day off, but otherwise, his door is open.

open hearts. open minds. open doors.

166 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527 Phone | 315 536 6711 Office Hours: Monday-Thursday | 9 AM - 11 AM Friday | 9:00 AM - Noon

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Worship Times

Saturday Night | 5:00 PM Sunday Break | 9:00 AM Traditional Worship | 11:00 AM