Our Pastor

Eastside Church has a new Lead Pastor, Kathryn MacConnell. Pastor Kathryn has been an Assistant Pastor for Eastside Church for the past year and a half, and was our Worship Leader prior to that. We are excited to have Pastor Kathryn leading our church. Here is her bio:
Hello! My name is Kathryn MacConnell and I serve as the Lead Pastor at Eastside Church. My passion is to see others connect to God and realize how their relationship with God touches each part of their life: from coming to church on a Sunday morning, to the neighborhood cookout, to their occupation.

I have been a native of Western New York my whole life. I grew up near Letchworth State Park, in a rural town called Warsaw. I moved to Rochester in 2021 when I started my role at Eastside Church as the Worship Leader. In 2022, I was moved to being the Assistant Pastor, and in the fall of 2023, I was appointed as the Lead Pastor.

I attended Canisius College in Buffalo and received a B.A. in Digital Media Arts in 2019. While I have served in the church in a variety of roles most of my life, it was during my time at Canisius that I discovered my calling for pastoral ministry. Three months after graduation I started my journey at Northeastern Seminary and received a Master's in Divinity in May of 2021, and was ordained in the Free Methodist Church that same month.

Northeastern Seminary is also where I met my fiance, Collin (pictured above). From going out on Silver Lake to playing board games or watching shows, we love spending time with our family and friends! Along with that, we enjoy reading, gaming, and cooking. We also love taking our puppy Hubert (also pictured above) on walks.

When I first came to Eastside Church, I was in a very hard season of life. However as soon as I walked through the doors, I felt a wave of peace wash over me and I felt the comfort of God surrounding me. I pray that if you find yourself at Eastside Church you feel that same peace and presence of God surround you and encourage you in your relationship with Christ!

We can’t wait to see you!

Pastor Kathryn