Our Staff

Pastor Aileen Robbins, Senior PastorPastor Aileen Robbins

Pastor

Pastor Aileen Robbins has been a pastor in the Upstate New York ELCA synod since 1998. She holds a degree in psychology from Pennsylvania's Shippensburg State University where she graduated in 1983. In 1998, Pastor Aileen graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As a pastor she is committed to her family, her congregation, and her community.

One of Pastor Aileen's passions is worship. She especially enjoys finding ways to make the worship service engaging for children and youth by including them in the services. Prayer is another passion, and it is a dream of hers to travel to Chartres, France to research the many uses over the years of the labyrinth on the cathedral floor.

Pastor Robbins' life passion is being a part of Christ's church, to connect with the people of God, and to walk together with them through all of the sacred moments of life. She loves drop-in visits to the office, sharing cups of coffee, spending time with the youth and children's groups, and learning from all of God's gifted people.

 

Pastor Hans Irmer

Pastoral Associate

Pastor Hans Irmer joined our staff at the end of 2018 to assist Pastor Aileen with the pastoral care and outreach of our growing congregation. Pastor Hans served the Lutheran Parish of the Tonawanda outside of Buffalo before retiring and moving to Greece in 2015. Previously he served congregations in Lockport and Massachusetts and began his parish ministry as a Mission Developer in Virginia. In his varied career, he has also been a nursing home chaplain and administrator, an emergency room and hospice chaplain, and a counselor in a Victim Abuse Center. Throughout his ministry he has felt especially privileged to be with others as they seek to build their faith around the joys and struggles of life whether that be in their homes, hospitals, coffee shops, backyard gardens, or in church. He and his wife, Linda, a retired Roberts Wesleyan professor, enjoy traveling and Pastor Hans recently completed training as a Master Gardener as one way to enjoy being a part of “growing and blossoming.” He envisions that joy and “calling” as a strong motivation to move beyond our church walls into our community in caring and serving ways. 

Dr. Willie La Favor, Music DirectorWillie La Favor

Organist and Music Director

Willie La Favor graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Literature. He began playing the piano in church at the age of nine and prior to coming to Messiah Lutheran served as Minister of Music at Northwood Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN for eight years. His organ studies include a two-year tenure as the Organ Scholar at the Chautauqua Institution. He is married to Debbie Grohman, an ordained Presbyterian minister, and they have a son, Andrew, who enjoys "playing concert" at the organ and piano.

 

 

Cathy Coe, Administrative AssistantCathy Coe

Administrative Assistant

Cathy Coe is a life long Lutheran, and has been a member of Messiah since 1992. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from RIT, and an associate's from Concordia College in Bronxville. She has worked in the medical field (home care and hospice) as well as personnel and customer service. After volunteering in Messiah's church office for several years, she was hired in 2010.