PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford is welcoming a new pastor to lead its congregation. The Rev. Aaron Neff began his duties May 26 and will conductrf his first Sunday worship service in his new position May 31. He comes to Pittsford from the United Presbyterian Church of Corfu, N.Y., where he has served as pastor since July 2016.
The congregation approved Neff’s call in March following a search to fill the position after the retirement of the Rev. Bruce Boak. Several interim pastors have been serving the church while the search progressed.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Aaron aboard,” said Pastor Nominating Committee co-chairs Daniel Traina and Lew Becker in a joint statement. “He brings energy and experience to us with a deep spiritual commitment, and our congregation will benefit greatly from his forward-thinking vision. We warmly welcome him to Pittsford.”
Neff received a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also earned a master’s degree in Biblical exegesis from Wheaton College and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical languages from the University of Valley Forge.
“I am thrilled to begin my pastoral leadership in Pittsford, even in the midst of this global pandemic,” said Neff. “The church’s staff is incredibly talented, and the congregation is loving, mission-focused, and filled with strong lay leaders. I am eager to help lead them in living out our faith.”
Among other endeavors, Neff served as an editorial specialist for the Princeton Seminary’s Dead Sea Scrolls Project prior to his Corfu call. The undertaking included work with an archeological excavation team along the Mediterranean coast of Israel. He edited Hebrew transcriptions and English translations of a critical edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Neff lives in Fairport with his wife, Laura, and three children: Esther, Clara and Gabriel.