Our Team

Rev. Dr. Roula Alkhouri

Rev. Dr. Roula Alkhouri has been the pastor of Batavia First Presbyterian since 2007. Roula is a passionate about preaching, teaching, nurturing faith, social justice and helping people live to their fullest potential. She believes that love changes everything and that Jesus embodied love fully in the world. Prior to servicing in Batavia, she served in ministry in Oregon, Alaska, and Kentucky. Her roots go back to the Middle East where she grew up in Damascus, Syria and was blessed to be part of the Presbyterian and Catholic communities there.


Ministry Assistant: Stephanee Surabian, 585-343-0505

Organist: Lisa Gilebarto

Music Leader: Emmeline Vacanti

Music Leader: Andrew Dinsmore

Interim Choir Director: Glenn Adams

Handbell Choir Director: Roxie Choate

Children’s Ministry: Bekah Daniszewski and Zachary Gilebarto

Youth Ministry: Tom and Cindy Schubmehl

School Partnership Coordinator: Caroline Janofsky

Vacation Bible School Leader: Wendy Daniszewski

Weekly Bible Devotionals

Written by Pastor Roula Alkhouri


Breathing Under Water: Step 2 – Desperate Desiring


Breathing Under Water: Step 1 – Powerlessness


Breathing Under Water: Introduction