Clergy, Vestry & Staff

The Right Reverend Bishop Prince Singh

Rector- The Rev. David Hefling ObJN
Rector- The Very Rev. David Hefling ObJN





Our rector, The Very Reverend David Hefling, ObJN+, is a native of Ohio and came to St. John’s in July of 2010 from Boston.  He holds B.S. and Ed. S. degrees from Kent State University, an M.A. from the University of Akron, and his M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  Fr. David was an early childhood educator and a university administrator before his ordination in the Diocese of Ohio on Epiphany 2004.  He is an Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, and in the Diocese of Rochester he is the Dean of the Northeast District, the Diocesan Archivist, and a member of the Bishop’s Committee for Grace Church, Lyons.  Fr. David is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Board of Trustees of UR/Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, chair of the City of Canandaigua Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of Woodlawn Cemetery.  

Fr. David is married to the Reverend Michael D. Dudley, a retired Episcopal priest, and they live in Canandaigua in a house surrounded by flower gardens with a little red hen, Agatha, living in the backyard.

Fr. David is a quiltmaker, a genealogist, gardener, and an Anglophile.


Daniel Chang – Choir Director and Organist

A native of San Francisco, California, Daniel Chang is a Master’s degree candidate in the studio of David Higgs. He began his music studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department where he studied composition with Michael Kaulkin and piano with June Choi Oh. He continued his education at the San Francisco Conservatory for a B.M.A. in composition studying composition with David Conte and piano with Alla Gladysheva.
While at the Conservatory, Daniel participated in numerous masterclasses by leading composers, including John Adams, and also attended the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France where he studied with composer Narcis Bonet. After graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Daniel began studying organ under the direction of Simon Berry and served as organ scholar at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco.
We at St. John’s have been enjoying his talented organ and piano accompaniment since September 2016.

Parish Administrator - Deidre Dye
Parish Administrator – Deidre Dye
Deidre was raised on Long Island, where she grew up singing in the church choir.  She was very actively involved in the youth group, participating in all of the events.  She was also a consummate volunteer.  She learned early that her church is not just “where she goes on Sunday”  Her church is her family.  She loves to sing, especially with her church or as a guest soloist, she loves to act, draw and teach the Bible.  She is married to her best friend of 38 years, and has three adult children.  As an adult she is very active in the Christian Ministry,  participating in coordinating Bible study groups and classes.  She served on the mission field in the Mojave Desert for a year and regularly participates in prison ministry.  Her formal education is in advertising. She was the Business Manager of Finger Lakes Business Machines in Canandaigua for many years.  She went back to college and while there worked at a CPA  firm temporarily during tax season, then managed the Human Resourses office at a call center.  She is now the Parish Administrator at St. John’s, while studying to be a Massage Therapist, which she will work at part time from her home after she receives her license.
Melva Brady : Financial Administrator


Melva was born and educated in England.  She immigrated to the United States in 1964 and worked as Credit Manager and A/R Manager for 37 years at VP Supply Corp.

In Rochester Melva attended the Church of the Ascension on Lake Ave., where she was a Sunday school teacher, on the Outreach committee and on Vestry.  On moving to South Bristol the search was on for a new church.  After trying all the surrounding churches she decided that St. John’s was the place for her (despite the long drive).  She was a Stephen Minister for 5 years and served on the Vestry for one year before taking the position of Financial Administrator.  She loves her job, her fellow employees and the whole St. John’s family.
Ruth Dainty - Sexton
Ruth Dainty – Sexton

Manager of Gleaner's Community Kitchen= Thomas Carter
Manager of Gleaner’s Community Kitchen= Thomas Carter

Tom is graduating from FLCC with an Associate Degree in Accounting. He plans to have a part-time accounting career during tax season. Tom retired in 2008 after twenty-six years in the Navy. He has been married twenty years; has a son, two daughters, and one grandson.


The 2019 Vestry being inducted.

Wardens & Vestry:

Wardens :   Debbie Cole-Wenderlich & John Taylor

Class of ’20:  Elaine Walker, Brian Piotrowski, Suzanne Blatchford

Class of ’21:  Judy Weston Farris, Pam Thompson, Stephanie Durham

Class of ’22 :  David Fronczak, Neal Allen, Margy Ashley

Clerk of the Vestry: David Snyder

Treasurer: Craig Munger

C0-Coordinators of Godly Play : Ingrid Lagoe, Karen Tricomi
Co-coordinators of Rite 13: Steven Schulz, Stacy Taylor

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