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 serving 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.

 

Katharine H. Henry, MDiv.

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Katharine started as Batavia First Presbyterian’s Community Youth Ministry Leader in September 2023. She has lived in California, Mississippi, Florida, and Massachusetts, and moved to Batavia in 2023. She enjoys fostering community and spending time in nature. Katharine is a United Methodist Christian with a passion for ecumenical, or inter-denominational, Christian ministry. She aims to express God’s vast love to all people, including youth and children. You can reach Katharine at youth@fpcbatavia.org or on Instagram @bataviafpc 

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Organist & Sanctuary Service Music Leader: Melanie Case

Arise Music Leader: Ben Vacanti

Tech Engineers: Paul Daniszewski & Jason Rowe

 

Nursery Attendants: Elizabeth Gouinlock and Rahmeto Reinhardt

Youth Ministry: Ben Vacanti and Dana Warren

School Partnership: Caroline Janofsky & Lisa Gilebarto

Vacation Bible School Leader: Wendy Daniszewski

Weekly Bible Devotionals

Written by Pastor Roula Alkhouri

Finding God in the Waves

“Finding God in the Waves: Spirituality and Our Brains”

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“I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…Where Does It Hurt?”

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“I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…Where Are You From?”