Rev. Dr. Linda D. Even was born and raised in Levittown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry and an MBA at The Pennsylvania State University. In 1992, she graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, with a Master of Divinity, and later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Prior to accepting a call at the United Church of Fayetteville in August 2007, Dr. Even served as Associate Pastor for congregations in Bay City, MI and Cincinnati, OH.
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Director of Music Ministries
Jonathan (Jon) Bergman is a musician and engineer from the Southern Tier of New York. Growing up in Horseheads, NY, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. While in college, he served as the Music Director of Christ Church United Methodist in downtown Troy. After graduation, he moved to Syracuse to start an engineering career, as well as play the organ at Meridian Baptist Church. He then moved to the Capital Region for 3 years, working various engineering jobs, and served as the Music Director for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scotia, NY. In mid-2021, he moved back to Central New York for a job at Carrier.
Outside of work and music, Jon enjoys outdoor activities (even in the middle of winter). He is an avid hiker, cyclist, and mountain biker. He also enjoys working with technology, building computers and other electronics, including a virtual organ in the summer of 2020.
Mary Karen Stark was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she earned her Mortuary Science degree and became a licensed funeral director. She then attended Canisius College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Mary Karen moved to Syracuse with her husband and raised three children here. She also worked as a licensed stockbroker at Tuttle Securities and as a Senior Analyst at National Grid. She enjoys going out to lunch with friends and is an enthusiastic Buffalo Bills fan!