Leadership & Staff

In the United Church of Christ tradition, we affirm that each person has a ministry. We work together to accomplish the mission of Mountain Rise. Our staff, church council, ministry committees and teams, and governance committees handle the day-to-day decisions. All members and friends of Mountain Rise have a voice
in decisions of great importance.

The Rev. Dr. Greg Osterberg
Senior Minister 

Greg celebrates the talents that each member of Mountain Rise brings to our ministry. With an emphasis on worship, he brings a mix of spirituality and music to our church, while challenging each person to serve others. Greg earned his Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester, and brings decades of experience serving as a university chaplain and interim pastor. He has recorded an album of original music, written hymns, and wrote a resource book for celebrating God’s Creation in worship. Greg is also involved in numerous United Church of Christ and ecumenical efforts. Greg and his wife Deborah enjoy serving Habitat for Humanity as volunteers, performing acoustic music together, and connecting with the people of Mountain Rise. They love spending time outdoors, kayaking, and sailing Lake Ontario near their home. I feel both blessed and challenged leading this community of gifted people, who each serve God in their own unique way. The openness, compassion, and generosity I see in Mountain Rise often amaze me.”

Jeanne Grace
Music Director

A musician by avocation, Jeanne Grace has directed the choir at Mountain Rise since 1973. She began as a way of facilitating the many musical talents of the Mountain Rise congregation and continues to enjoy doing so. Church music has been of lifelong importance to Jeanne: her parents met because a church in Indiana had a Sunday morning orchestra! Jeanne is retired from her day job as a nurse educator and research ethics chair at the University of Rochester. Jeanne and her husband Bob raised three sons in Mountain Rise, and their family has expanded to include two wonderful daughters-in-law and four far-flung grandchildren. Jeanne enjoys kayaking on Sodus Bay, photography and blogging for her grandchildren. She and Bob are foodies who enjoy travel. “I have always felt that a signature attribute of Mountain Rise was joyfully accepting the varied and unique gifts that our members and friends have to share. It is deeply rewarding to be associated with the caring fellowship of the Mountain Risenacle Choir.”

Jamilya Arzanesh


Barbara Jackson

Administrative Assistant

2021-22 Council Members

Gail McClain,
Council Chair

Faye Eaton, Vice Chair

Carol James,
Council Secretary

Rob Stevens, At Large

Linda Boesl, At Large

Gary Schaefer, At Large

Kathy Nixon, Communications Chair