The Park Church Staff

Pastor -


Pastor Emeritus - Rev. Robert F. Lester

Rev. Dr. Robert F. Lester served 21 years with The Park Church from 1965-1985. He worked with the congregation to develop a strong program of worship and education especially adult and family education.

Throughout his ministry he has been active in community affairs including being the President of Family Services, Hospice, the United Way, and Planned Parenthood. After leaving Park Church, Rev. Lester served several interim positions in Auburndale, MA, and Corning, NY.

He observed his 60th year of ordination in 2006. He and his wife of over 60 wonderful years, Aimee, live in Elmira. Bob has 2 sons, David and James, and 4 grandchildren on who he and Aimee dote! Bob enjoys gardening, readings, camping, golf, and traveling.

Organist and Choir Director - William Sharpton


Financial Secretary - Susan Weaver

Susan Weaver has been the financial secretary at The Park Church since 2007.  She previously worked for many years as an office manager at two area animal hospitals, and is now utilizing her bookkeeping experience to enjoy life in semi-retirement. Sue grew up in Corning, and is now residing with her husband, Jeff, and yellow Labrador retriever, Robin, in Elmira.  Sue also has a son, Patrick, who is a CW3 in the Army, now working in Washington, D.C. and living with his wife and stepson in Virginia.  She also has two stepsons, Daniel, who is studying for his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Buffalo, and Andrew, who works as a manager at the Elmira Wegman’s. Sue also volunteers as a horse leader for Reins of Hope, a therapeutic horseback riding program, and as an open hearth cook at the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum in Corning. In her spare time, she enjoys running, qi gong, gardening, and various fiber arts.

Office Manager

Diane Hughes