About Us


“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey … you are welcome here!”

Mountain Rise is an “Open & Affirming” church. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or other human differences, we welcome all to fully participate in this spiritual community.

Mountain Rise began in the living rooms of Perinton neighborhood homes as a gathering of questioners, seekers, and Christ-followers who founded our church and called its first pastor in 1962.

Today, Mountain Rise welcomes people of diverse faith perspectives to live Christ’s ideals of justice, peace, and compassion while serving others in practical ways.

Mountain Rise is part of the United Church of Christ.  To visit the national United Church of Christ website, click here.




Our Mission Statement Prayer:

“Loving Creator, help Mountain Rise United Church of Christ to be an open and affirming gathering of Christ’s followers welcoming all to the journey of faith with creative worship, caring community, learning, and service to You, one another, and the world. Amen.”