Emmanuel Congregational Church

Our Co-Pastors

Our co-pastors, Revs. Ron and Patty Farr, a husband and wife team, have been guiding the congregation at Emmanuel since 1989.  Their innovative, egalitarian, spirit-led leadership style has enabled church members to discover their faith journeys and gifts, experience healing and forgiveness, have a more expansive understanding of the scriptures and of Christ, connect faith to their daily life and work, and forge deeper and more loving relationships with each other and with God

Revs. Patty and Ron love to preach and lead creative worship, nurturing participation from the congregation through quiet moments of meditation, response panels, prayer and healing rituals, and children’s sermons. (Click here to view pastors’ sermons.) Patty and Ron are also gifted at facilitating dynamic small groups and classes, meditation classes, retreats, and film discussion nights.

Patty leads the Sunday morning Bible Study, the Serendipity faith exploration group, and various book studies throughout the year. Patty serves on the Personnel Committee of the NY Conference as well as the Nominating Committee of the Black River/St. Lawrence Association of the United Church of Christ.

Ron leads the Contemporary Issues group and Thursday night spiritual growth groups and theology classes. As a drummer and singer, he leads the Emmanuel Praise Band, the “Soul Force” band, and spearheads the Friday night coffeehouse, “Soulful Connections Café.” Ron has written articles for the religious journals Weavings, Disciplines, and Faith At Work. He serves as a small group trainer and consultant for the national United Church of Christ through his program, the Laity Empowerment Project (see www.laityempowerment.com).

Both Patty and Ron are graduates of Bucknell University (1973) and Yale Divinity School (1979). While in seminary, Patty and Ron took a 2 year leave to study the Buddhist meditation practice of mindfulness in Washington DC with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.

Both Patty and Ron have training in pastoral counseling. Ron has served as a chaplain at several New England psychiatric hospitals as well at the Massachusetts Hospital School for Handicapped Children. They have two grown daughters, Rachel and Tara, and a frisbee-catching German shepherd named Jordy.