Meet the Leadership Team



Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael Ford is our Senior Pastor.  His educational preparation for ministry began with a BA degree in Religious Studies from Concordia University College in Alberta, Canada.  He earned his Master of Divinity degree from McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario and completed a second Masters Degree from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo with a concentration on Comparative Religion and Interfaith Dialog.  He was awarded his Doctor of Ministry at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY on May 19, 2012.  Prior to coming to Lake Avenue, he served seven years as Pastor at Dundas Baptist Church near Hamilton, Ontario.

In addition to his responsibilities at LABC, Michael has served as Chair of the Board at Cameron Community Ministries, and is currently Chair of the Board for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

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Assisting Pastor

Susan graduated from the University of Rochester in 1958, majoring in English.  She and Ed, her husband, met on the integrated campus in 1955, and were married in 1957. Susan was a stay-at-home mom and an enthusiastic volunteer in school libraries, church, and a Scandinavian Society.  She went back to work as a secretary to the Dean of Students at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.  Loving the atmosphere she  she enrolled in Seminary and graduated with a BD in 1979.  She served in Interim positions in two churches and in 1980 moved to
Washington DC to become Minister of Congregational Development at Calvary Baptist Church.  A call to the United Church of Pittsford brought Susan and her family back to the Rochester area. 
Susan retired from UCP in 2000.  In retirement Susan taught at the Divinity School and served on the General Board of the American Baptist Churches, as President of National Ministries. And now Susan has another opportunity to serve at LABC.  Not bad for a senior citizen!  Susan and Ed have 2 children (a minister and an engineer) and 2 grandchildren.



Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Austin Pettigrew is our Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry. His passion for ministering to young  people began in 2001 when his family went into Christian Camping Ministry. This led Austin to pursue studying Recreation and Christian Ministry in college. After a 3 month mission experience working with people in Alta Verapaz Guatemala, he enrolled at Huntington University in Huntington, IN. There he obtained a B.S. in Recreation and Sports Ministry. Part of the program was a 7-month internship in
California, that he did with World Impact at their camp, The Oakes, and at their city program in Fresno, CA. After graduation, Austin worked at two different rehabilitative homes for youth and as a Children/Youth Pastor at Salamonie Church of the Brethren in Warren Indiana and Faith Community Church of God in Huntington Indiana. Austin moved to Rochester NY in 2012 where he now works as a Recreation Coordinator with DePaul Community Services. Austin is also the Co-founder of Sweet Beez, Inc, and a member of This Common Life Intentional Christian Community.



New American Coordinator

Hkadin Lahtaw Lee serves as LABC’s New American (formerly Refugee Outreach) Coordinator. She formally began her work on July 1, 2008. Hkadin’s work  focuses on coordinating volunteer efforts and providing support to families and individuals from Burma who have come to this city as refugees. Her primary focus is with those who are
past the three months that mark the conclusion of their formal sponsorship by Catholic Family Center. Hkadin brings enormous talent and a wealth of personal experience. Fluent in both Burmese and English.  She has been a part of LABC for two decades; coming herself originally from Burma, with LABC’s support. She is committed to working with leaders of the diverse Burmese communities to empower them to support their own people in reaching self-sufficiency.

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Organist and Chancel Choir Director

Lee was born in Illinois, grew up in Iowa, and graduated from Drake University with a major in Church 
Music. In 1969, Lee moved to Rochester where he attended the Eastman School of Music. At ESM, he earned his MM in Organ Performance and his DMA in Organ Performance and Pedagogy. He retired from the Penfield Central School District in 2005 where he taught music, and later, computer applications to students and faculty/staff. Lee also worked as a consultant on student information
systems for Chancery Software of Vancouver, BC. He was wedding organist at Colgate Rochester Divinity
School for many years and was organist for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his work at
LABC, Lee currently works as a greeter at Harris Funeral Home in Irondequoit.
Lee has two sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and three loving grandchildren.  He enjoys gardening in the crevices of a rock wall and in pots, cooking and eating good food,  and jewelry making - among other artistic pursuits.



Good News Singers Director

Julia Fedor, mezzo soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and an Arts Leadership Program Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Acknowledged as a singer who possesses great artistry, Julia has been praised for her “beautiful and well-controlled tone.” She is equally comfortable performing classical, musical theater, and jazz repertoire as well as works in German, French and Italian. A multi-instrumentalist, she also plays guitar and piano.



Office Manager

Ken has served as the Office Manager at LABC since 1996. He is the first face that people see when they enter the office, and is always ready and willing to help out. He is a fan of coffee, and almost
always has at least one on the go. In his spare time (which is limited), he loves to sing and is part of a local walking group.



Church Accountant

Bio Coming Soon

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Lloyd and his team are responsible for keeping the church and it’s grounds in tip-top shape. Lloyd can often be seen popping in at all hours of the day and night, checking over the church to make
sure things are clean and ready for the next use. He is a valued and vital part of the LABC staff team.