Our Staff

Reverend Tanya Spencer LPN, M.S., M.Div. 


Organist, Music Ministry Leader

Liz Thelen

Wellness Coordinator

Sue Allen 

Health & Wellness Steering Committee

Larry Allen, Rose Gassman,  Sandy Rutkowski, Liz Thelen


Cheryl Petitt

Ministry Team Board

Janice Longbine - Moderator

Larry Allen  - Treasurer

Georgeann Redman - Clerk

Team Members: Mark Turner, Ruth Ann Hazen, Cheryl Petitt, Sandy Rutkowski

Financial Secretary

Ruth Ann Hazen 

Women's Ministries Committee

Ruth Ann Hazen - President

Helene Peterson - Treasurer

Committee Team Members: Cheryl Petitt, Patricia Strobele

Carmelle Zink, Jesse Dunkle, Dorothy Galli, Yvonne Kelso

Administrative Support, Church Archivist, Web Maintenance  

Magda Miller

​Email Magda at: GSCoFChurch@gmail.com

Phone: (716) 824-4112


Reverend Tanya Spencer



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. 

Christ has called her to a unique life. A life where she is told to have an eschatological hope while living an “everlasting life.” She sought clarity to these apprehensions by obtaining a Business Administration degree at Houghton College, Houghton, New York. She pursued her quest at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester New York with a Master of Strategic Leadership. She was aroused to demolish denominational segregation when she completed her Master of Divinity at Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, New York. She knows Christ is real, and felt His sweet and gentle presence all her life.

Tanya has built a reputation for developing business strategies, incubating new business models, and developing leaders. Her expertise as an License Practical Nurse, Practice Manager for Buffalo Pediatrics Associates, Adjunct Instructor for the University of Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, Congregation Care Coordinator and Sunday School Instructor for St. Stephen-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Free Methodist Women’s Ministry, American Baptist Church, Genesis Conference, Pioneer Area Churches (PAC), American Baptist Minister’s Council, Buffalo-Niagara Clergy Women, Tanya also has experience as church Treasurer and Director of Christian Education at Evangelic Temple Community Church Center, Chairperson of Finance at Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, Nursing Ministry Director at Shiloh Baptist Church, Erie Pennsylvania has helped to build and inspire personal relationships, Associate Pastor at Chaffee Community Baptist Church, Board of Mission for American Baptist Church (ABC-NYS), Treasurer Niagara Area Baptist Association (NABA). Because she is driven by her talents, she constantly applies Psalm 23 to promote peace to given situation that stimulates a positive outcome.

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. 

  Is a family member in the hospital or in need of pastoral care? Please leave a message at the church office or call Reverend Tanya Spencer directly at 716-783-4443.