GACM exists to support and sustain the Protestant Chapel Community and its Chaplain on campus at the University of Rochester, and to support other such ministries as our resources will allow. This enables weekly worship, discussion, counseling, and volunteering efforts at the University of Rochester. The goal of GACM is to create a caring community of spiritually aware and discerning students as they complete their undergraduate and graduate studies.

Genesee Area Campus Ministries is a cooperative partnership of the regional governing bodies of:

  • The American Baptist Churches
  • The Episcopal Church
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • The Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • The United Church of Christ
  • The United Methodist Church

We are additionally funded and supported by congregations, parents, and other individuals.

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August 11, 2021

Genesee Area Campus Ministry (GACM) is pleased to announce the employment of the Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby as the Interim Chaplain for the Protestant Chapel Community (PCC) at the University of Rochester. Join us in extending to her a warm welcome!

Katie Jo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and is ordained with The American Baptist Church. She previously served as the Senior Pastor of The Baptist Temple in Rochester and as the Executive Director of the South Wedge Food Program / Rochester Serving and Learning Together. She is also the owner / founder of Katie Jo Suddaby Sand Mandalas, creating impermanent works of art for local and international audiences. 

Katie Jo describes herself as a sought-after preacher, workshop leader, and motivational speaker. She has led conferences and clergy retreats throughout the country. Her unique perspective as a female pastor, and as an artist, give her leadership both depth and charisma. Pastor Katie Jo blends ancient texts with the most up-to-date research in the social sciences to teach self-care, art as a spiritual expression, and the value of religious diversity.

The GACM Search Committee, co-chaired by a PCC alumnus, screened numerous resumes, interviewed exceptional candidates, and made the selection recommendation to the Executive Committee of the GACM Board. Interviews were open to members of the PCC Steering Committee and included the current student President of the PCC. The recommendation was unanimous and enthusiastic! The Term of Call with Katie Jo and GACM is through May 31, 2022. 

A GACM Search Committee will conduct a national search for a permanent Chaplain for the PCC during the 2021-2022 school year. The Protestant Chaplain position is supported by judicatory grants, the generous donations of alumni and friends, and by the University of Rochester. 

Contact: The Rev. Todd R. Goddard, President of the Board, Genesee Area Campus Ministry. 585.703.9235