REV. TANYA SPENCER, CLM, Pastor
Tanya Spencer was born, in Buffalo, New York and attended St. John Baptist Church, Buffalo, New York where the gospel had great conviction, but the inner journey was a struggle. Tanya is a mother of three children Phylicia, Daryl Jr., and Rashad. Tanya has a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
One thing is clear for Tanya, Christ has called her to follow and serve Him. God has given her a heart and passion for people who are disillusioned with traditional church, who have had negative church experiences, and who are looking for God outside of the organized Church. Tanya’s passion is to meet and to share with people the love of Christ in ways that are relevant, authentic and true to the spirit of the Gospel.
As well as continually serving as Pastor for Good Shepherd Community of Faith, Reverend Tanya works as a Hospice Chaplain for Hospice Niagara.
MEIKO REIGELMAN, Music Director
Meiko Reigelman is a native of Osaka, Japan, and active chamber musician, pianist, organist, and teacher. She graduated with a Master's degree in Music Performance and Composition at New York University where she studied piano and organ. She received her Bachelor's degree from Cleveland Institute of Music as a merit scholarship student.
Prior to coming to Orchard Park United Methodist Church, she was Director of Music and Organist at The Episcopal Church of St Alban the Martyr in St Albans, NY, and Music Associate and Event Program Manager at the Basilica of Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. She relocated with her cat, Ray, to Buffalo to be with her husband, Todd, in December 2019, and she looks forward to sharing joys and love of music with her new families at OPUMC.
Shannon has been a member of OPUMC since 2016. She is a stay-at-home mom by day, and a roller derby skater with Queen City Roller Derby at night! A graduate of Houghton College and St. Bonaventure University, Shannon's past jobs include after-school tutor through WNY AmeriCorps, retail store associate manager, and camp counselor at Casowasco.
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Galatians 5:6b