The Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith, Rector
The Very Reverend Virginia Tyler Smith became the rector of St. John’s in 2015. She 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 twenty years, Virginia worked as a healthcare executive and consultant, focusing on strategic planning and facilitation. Because she can't stay away from school, Virginia completed a Diploma in Anglican Studies at Bexley-Seabury Federation in Chicago in May 2017 and continues studying ways of evolving the church to meet the needs of God’s kingdom. She is deeply committed to connecting community and our church to celebrate God in each other. As a result, she is a trainer in the College for Congregational Development and also serves as the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester’s transition ministry officer.
Virginia is married to Brad Smith, an entrepreneur and recovering healthcare executive. She is a step-mom to three, and a step-grandmother to four! An avid baker, cook, and fan of British TV shows, Virginia is never happier than when she is feeding others and relaxing with a good glass of wine.
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 Admin
Jillian Lloyd joined the St. John's staff in July 2018. She acts as newsletter editor, weekly bulletin creator, and all-around office guru. She holds office hours on Tuesday's. During the summer months, you'll be sure to see (and hear) her girls making use of the grounds around the church on their scooters or enjoying a picnic in one of the gardens.
Outside of work, you can find Jill reading a book while her girls swim in the pool, leading a Girl Scout meeting or watching a movie with her husband! She loves spending time at home with her family. Since moving to the HF-L community in 2009, Jill has grown to love the small-town feel of the area and the school district.
John Richards, Music Director
John joined St. John's in 2003 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. John also currently serves as Senior Warden.
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.
Will Ingle, Treasurer
Will joined St. John’s as a teenager in 1979 and served as a chalice bearer and lay reader. After many years away from Honeoye Falls, he returned to St. John’s in 2004 with his wife Jane, and their two daughters Elizabeth and Grace. Will learned the Treasurer’s job from his good friend Jane Jobe who served as Treasurer from 2003 – 2020. He chairs the Finance Committee, helps repair and maintain our historic buildings and grounds, and led the Church School for three years.
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: Mark Donahoe, Michelle Laraby, Mary Jo Smith, Cyndy Lamphier, Yeates Conwell, Shelly Shellman, Jan Metcalf, and John Richards, Senior Warden; Allan Shafer, Junior Warden
Brief bios of some members are below:
Allan Shafer, Junior Warden
Allan and his family joined St. John’s 14 years ago after returning to the area from Syracuse. He has served on Vestry, as warden, and lead the search and audit committees during that time. Aside from singing in the choir and playing trumpet during special services, you can find him helping in other parts of the services and typically in the kitchen during our dinner fundraising events. Allan and his wife, Deborah, have 22 year old triplets and live in the town of Mendon. He works at Carestream, a global manufacturer of medical imaging equipment headquartered in Rochester.
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.
Mary Ann (Shelly) Shellman
Shelly was raised locally and graduated from Honeoye Falls High school in 1960. After a stint in the Army, she moved to Columbus where she was a pioneer in computer operations. From there she moved to LA, and then on to her present home in Tucson. Shelly had an active career in residential real estate before retiring in 2009. She and her partner, Josie Meza, split their time between Tucson and their summer home in West Bloomfield. Shelly was a very active volunteer in her former church, and she is active with us for online worship and in-person activities when in town. She has a wide array of family, all of whom live in the Honeoye Falls area.
Jan, and her partner Pat, moved to Honeoye Falls in 2018. They had been members of St. Luke's in Fairport, where Jan sang in the choir, was a reader and lay eucharistic visitor, and organized money counting. Before that they attended St. Mark's and St. John's in Rochester, where Jan sang in the choir, was a lay eucharistic minister, and served one term on Vestry. Jan was raised in Connecticut in the New England Congregationalist tradition. Now retired, she had worked many years as a medical technologist and medical writer in New Haven, Connecticut; Madison, Wisconsin; and the Boston area before moving here in 1988 with Fisons Pharmaceuticals.
Yeates Conwell and his family have been members of the St. John’s Episcopal Church community since moving to Honeoye Falls in 1985. Although their three children (William, Claire, and August) have flown the nest, he and wife Gay Mills live in the village and remain active in church affairs. Gay is Executive Director of the Genesee Land Trust and Yeates is on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After serving several terms on the vestry in earlier years, he most recently was re-elected as a member in 2021.