Meet the Staff

Interim Pastor                            The Rev. Dr. Rodney W. Kennedy

Minister of Music                         Michael P. Harrison
Administrative Assistant               Maria Puccio
Custodian                                   David Snyder

Church Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, (summer hours: 9:30 am-1:30 pm)

Church Office Phone: 518-374-4114

The Rev. Dr. Rodney W. Kennedy-Interim Pastor


A Louisiana native, Dr. Kennedy is a graduate from New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary and received his Ph.D. in Homiletics and Rhetoric from Louisiana State University. He has been an American Baptist pastor for 53 years.

He served as Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dayton, OH for 13 years. His most recent interim positions have been at First Baptist, Ottawa, Kansas; First Baptist, Peoria, IL; and Upper Merion Baptist in King of Prussia, PA. He is currently teaching homiletics at Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr. Kennedy has authored nine books including Will Campbell Preacher ManSermons from Mind and Heart, and Preaching Conversations with Scholars, and has two new books scheduled for publication in 2021. 

He loves working with the congregation to encourage flourishing, thriving, and powerful worship, service, and mission.

Maria Puccio
Maria Puccio is the Office Administrator for our church office and is the glue that holds everything together. She is highly skilled in organization and management and joined our staff in 2009.  A graduate of Russell Sage College, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years.  Maria resides in Niskayuna.  She has one daughter who is an elementary school teacher in the  Roschester, NY area. Maria enjoys going to her camp in the Adirondacks on the weekends, listening to music (especially jazz) classical and classical rock, traveling, hiking and skiing.

David Snyder

David Snyder is our custodian, joining us in 2006.  He has the huge responsibility of keeping our massive physical plant in tip-top shape for the many church and community events that happen within our walls each week.  He resides in Schenectady where he also works at Union College.  When not at work, Dave loves watching sports and relaxing on the beach.