St. John's Church   11 Episcopal Avenue   Honeoye Falls, NY 14472   585-624-4074

Our Leadership

The Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith, Rector

The Reverend Virginia Tyler Smith is a Canandaigua native, and still thinks of Canandaigua Lake as her spiritual home.  Virginia is a proud child of the 80's, attending the University of Rochester when phones still plugged into the wall, and computers existed only in the library.  After U of R, Virginia attended Harvard Divinity School, and lived in the Boston area for a decade.  She returned to upstate New York just in time for Wegmans to start its organic section, and has had a tough time leaving the area ever since.  For nearly two decades, Virginia worked as a healthcare executive, even going back to school (University of Michigan this time) to earn a certificate in healthcare management.  Virginia developed a love of strategic planning, facilitation, conflict resolution, and community development.  After a successful career as a consultant working with hospitals, Virginia was ordained a priest in 2015.  Because she can't stay away from school, Virginia completed a Diploma in Anglican Studies at Bexley-Seabury Federation in Chicago in May 2017.  She is deeply committed to bringing the community and our church together in ways that celebrate God in each other.

Virginia is married to Brad Smith, an entrepreneur and recovering healthcare executive.  She is a step-mom to three, and a step-grandmother as well!  Virginia is a pretty dedicated gym rat, though she claims the only reason she works out is because they've connected TVs to the treadmills.  She loves to cook and likes to eat even more.


Virginia says she must have done "something right in a past life" to become the rector of St. John's.  As she says: "This parish has a warm, welcoming feeling. There is such a sense of tradition and pride in what folks bring here, and an even stronger sense of faith.  This is a growing, imperfect, and deeply committed family.  Every time I walk through that church door, I feel like I'm coming home to God. I hope you will too."


Jillian Lloyd, Parish Administrator

Jillian Lloyd has lived in the HFL area since marrying her husband, Charles (CJ) in July 2009. They have 2 daughters, Madelyn and Samantha. Jillian joins the St. John’s church staff with her knowledge gained by also working as the Office and Finance Secretary at Honeoye Falls United Methodist since January 2016. She has a Secretary/Administrative Assistant background, having worked for the Pluta Cancer Center/Strong Memorial Hospital and Sutherland Global Services for close to 10 years before deciding to stay at home and focus on her children. Outside of work, you could spot Jill walking her dog around the town of Lima, or reading a book while her girls swim in the pool or climb the tree in the front yard!What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention.


John Richards, Music Director

​John joined Saint John's about six years ago after returning from Scotland (where he served as Music Director at Saint Margaret's in Dundee). He says " I was hoping to find a church that was warm and inclusive, spiritually rich, and blessed with a vibrant music program. I found all that here." You'll catch him most Sundays playing an 1895 Hook and Hastings tracker organ, working with the choir, playing various keyboards, and sometimes playing guitar. 


If you enjoy singing or playing, please join us at our choir rehearsals Sunday mornings at 8:45. We have a recorder ensemble playing baroque music, flugelhorn, trumpet and concertina adding color and variety, and a skilled bell ringer pushing the levers in the upper reaches of the church.


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The Vestry is the equivalent of the board of the parish.  They oversee all policy and financial matters (including buildings and grounds), and act as the Rector’s advisors. The Vestry of St. John’s Church is elected for three year terms during the Annual Meeting each January. We also have two wardens, who help in the day-to-day leadership of the parish, and who meet weekly with the Rector.

Current Vestry: Gina Hurley, Don Terry, Andy Smith, Mark Donahoe, Michelle Laraby, Allene Baillargeon, Senior Warden; John Richards, Junior Warden


Brief bios of some members are below

Allene Lind Baillargeon

Close to three decades ago, I was looking for a place to baptize my son. That accomplished, I stayed, because at St. John’s I found the community I’d been looking for. There are always opportunities to be served and to serve in turn. Three decades means a lot of personal history, and it also means a lot of coffee and celebration cake served up with people I love.

Michelle Laraby

I live in Honeoye Falls with my husband Curt, our daughter Rileigh, our dog Fozzy and our cat Bunny.  My husband and I are both graduates of HF-L School District, we love this community.  I have a Master of Social Work degree, have a passion for helping others and work full time at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center assisting Veterans who are homeless and struggling with mental health concerns and/or substance abuse.  In my down time I enjoy spending time with family and friends at our cabin on Canandaigua Lake, doing puzzles and reading.  St. John's is important to me because it's a place where I feel comfort, support and guidance.  I always feel at home at St. Johns.

Andy Smith

My family and I moved to Honeoye Falls in the spring of 1993 and have come to St. John’s for 25 years. Madelein and Luke  attended  Sunday school and were confirmed here. St. John’s really is our church home.For a few years longer than that I have worked as an Environmental Scientist at Stantec Consulting in Rochester.  I write environmental impact statements, obtain regulatory permits and conduct wetland investigations for projects in NYS and other nearby states. When I’m not doing those things I like to ride my bicycle fairly leisurely, find cool subjects for photography, hike around and go to movies. Eating pizza and tacos and peanut butter and jellies are good too, just not all at the same time.

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