Our PastorS

Hi, my name is Jeremy Kelly and I serve as the Lead Pastor at Eastside Church. There are many things I love to do but I am most passionate about being a follower of Jesus and seeing others discover and grow in a relationship with him too!

My wife, Michele and I, have been married since 2004 and have three awesome kids…Emma, Joshua and Nora. Emma is a kind-hearted fifteen year old who loves life; Joshua is a funny thirteen year old video game fanatic; and Nora...well, she is our baby girl who warms our hearts everyday! Although I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, we are all natives of Rochester, New York and consider this beautiful city our home.

I graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy and earned a Master of Divinity from Northeastern Seminary. I am an ordained pastor through the Free Methodist Church of North America and have been serving in ministry since I was a teenager.  I also worked at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. for over 15 years in various leadership roles.

What do I love to do in my free time? I am a family man through and through and love spending time together! I enjoy cooking, playing board games and video games, reading, and watching college basketball...go Orange! As a family we enjoy summer vacations near water! There you will find us fishing, kayaking, swimming, or sleeping in the hammock.

Wherever you may be in your faith journey, we would love to come alongside of you and learn together. Know that you always have an open invitation to Eastside Church and will find a friend here.

We hope to see you soon!
Hello! My name is Kathryn MacConnell and I serve as the Assistant 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 picnic to their occupation.

I have been a native of Western New York my whole life. I grew up near Letchworth State Park, where my mom and my oldest brother still reside. My youngest brother currently lives in Boston working towards his Ph.D. in Medical Physics at the University of Massachusetts! I moved to Rochester in 2021 when I started my role at Eastside Church.

I attended Canisius College in Buffalo and received a B.A. in Digital Media Arts in 2019. During my time at Canisius is when I discovered my calling for pastoral ministry, so three months after graduation I started my journey at Northeastern Seminary and received a Master's in Divinity in May of 2022! I recently became an ordained pastor in the Free Methodist Church, but I have been serving the church in various roles since I was in high school.

From going out on Silver Lake in Perry, NY to playing board games or card games, I love spending time with my family and friends! Along with that, I enjoy reading, “cozy gaming”,  watching anime, and taking my beloved puppy Hubert 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!