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."