In the United Church of Christ tradition, we affirm that each person has a ministry. We work together to accomplish the mission of Mountain Rise. Our staff, church council, steering committees, and ministry teams handle the day-to-day decisions. Each member of Mountain Rise has a voice in decisions of great importance.
The Rev. Dr. Greg Osterberg
Greg celebrates the talents that each member of Mountain Rise brings to our ministry. With an emphasis on worship, he brings a mix of spirituality and music to our church, while challenging each person to serve others.
Greg earned his Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester, and brings decades of experience serving as a university chaplain and interim pastor. He has recorded an album of original music, written hymns, and wrote a resource book for celebrating God’s Creation in worship. Greg is also involved in numerous United Church of Christ and ecumenical efforts.
Greg and his wife Deborah enjoy serving Habitat for Humanity as volunteers, performing acoustic music together, and connecting with the people of Mountain Rise. They love spending time outdoors, kayaking, and sailing Lake Ontario near their home.
"I feel both blessed and challenged leading this community of gifted people, who each serve God in their own unique way. The openness, compassion, and generosity I see in Mountain Rise often amaze me.”
Director of Family Life Ministry
After a teaching career with young children, Suzanne Gangemi became Director of Family Life Ministry at Mountain Rise. Suzanne works, plays, and prays with families of different configurations and stages. Suzanne directs and inspires youth and children's ministry, and is a member of the NY State Youth Committee.
Suzanne also directs and implements the Urban-Suburban preschool program Peacemakers, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in the summer of 2016.
“I have been one of those fortunate people who has had amazing mentors in faith since I was a child. Today some of my best teachers are under the age of 18 or over the age of 75!
“Personally, God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, two lovely daughters and sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. And, of course, I continually give thanks for my church family and that family of the heart.”
A musician by avocation, Jeanne Grace has directed the choir at Mountain Rise since 1973. She began as a way of facilitating the many musical talents of the Mountain Rise congregation and continues to enjoy doing so. Church music has been of lifelong importance to Jeanne: her parents met because a church in Indiana had a Sunday morning orchestra! Jeanne is retired from her day job as a nurse educator and research ethics chair at the University of Rochester.
Jeanne and her husband Bob raised three sons in Mountain Rise, and their family has expanded to include two wonderful daughters-in-law and four far-flung grandchildren. Jeanne enjoys kayaking on Sodus Bay, photography and blogging for her grandchildren. She and Bob are foodies who enjoy travel.
“I have always felt that a signature attribute of Mountain Rise was joyfully accepting the varied and unique gifts that our members and friends have to share. It is deeply rewarding to be associated with the caring fellowship of the Mountain Risenacle Choir.”