Rev. Eric Jackson
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Carole moved with her family to Syracuse when she was three years old. She grew up on the South Side of Syracuse and is totally locally educated, having attended Elmwood School, Roosevelt Jr. High, Corcoran High School, Onondaga Community College, and Syracuse University.
She has been director of Plymouth’s handbell choir since the fall of 2014. Her position entails working with the director of music to plan for handbell performances during church services throughout the liturgical year, holding rehearsals at least once a week with the full group of players, working with small ensembles (duets and quartets), and researching new techniques and new music.
She likes to garden, bake, and hang with her family. She reports being addicted to good TV and politics and having a personal weekly goal of 100 miles on her bicycle in the good weather.
Carole says that she loves directing the bells. Her grandmother was the bell choir director at her church, and now Carole’s role at Plymouth makes her feel a tangible connection to her grandmother that lets her celebrate her grandmother’s presence in her life every week.
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Joseph Downing, music director, is a native of Toronto, Canada, and has been at Plymouth since the mid 1990s. He coordinates the entire music program, including Children’s Music and the Plymouth Bells. He directs the adult choir and plays the organ for services. The Plymouth music program uses a variety of music in different styles, so any given Sunday may feature jazz, broadway, or other styles of music in addition to the mainstay composers such as Bach and Mendelssohn. Joe is a professor of composition and theory at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He and the members of the choir welcome new members to come and sing with them on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 and Sunday mornings at 9 am. In his spare time, he and his husband, Will, love being granddad and grandpa to twelve (!) wonderful children.
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Kathy Ferro joined the staff as Church Administrator in July 2016. She has been an active member at Plymouth since 1995, serving in a number of capacities, with her favorite being that of Learning Community teacher (where she learns more from the kids than they do from her!) She enjoys large and small family gatherings, getting together with friends to watch SU basketball, attempting to grow vegetables in her city yard, cross country skiing, watching too many crime dramas on TV, and visits to her family’s 65 acre piece of heaven where life is simple with no running water or electricity. Most of all, she is very proud of her two grown children.
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Mark Johnson grew up in New Egypt, New Jersey, in Ocean County, where his family still lives. He’s been in Syracuse for four years, and for almost all of that time he has been Plymouth’s part-time sexton. As such he makes sure the building is clean and orderly and in good repair. On Sunday mornings he’s especially busy setting up tables and chairs in Memorial Hall, preparing coffee and hot water for thirsty choir members who arrive between 8:30 and 9, and cleaning up after the forum ends soon after noon. His day job is with the Holiday Inn Express in North Syracuse. His two jobs keep him busy, but even during his time off he often works with friends on home improvement projects. If you ever have questions about NASCAR competition, ask Mark! He’s a NASCAR enthusiast, has attended events in Las Vegas, the Poconos, and Daytona Beach, and has even driven a NASCAR car.
Kim began attending Plymouth Congregational Church during the fall of 2014, and started her role as Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries in August of 2017. Kim oversees all programming for the Nursery, Learning Community, Chapel Time, and other special events for children, youth, and their families throughout the year. Kim has an ecumenical background, having grown up in the United Methodist Church, having served as a children’s minister at two churches affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and now serving in the United Church of Christ. She enjoys using experiences from her background to explore new, creative ways for children (and adults!) to connect with God.
Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kim loves to travel and experience new places. She attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA where she studied Russian language and culture. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, NC, which is also where she met her spouse Scott. Kim and Scott served a church in Memphis, TN for two years before moving to Syracuse. Kim loves to cook and enjoy a good meal with good company. Exploring Upstate New York’s state parks and hiking brings out the native Coloradan in her. She is glad that she not only gets to experience these things with Scott, but now has a son Miles, whom they can take hiking and who will hopefully, eventually, also eat and enjoy her cooking.
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Laksmi began working in Plymouth’s Nursery in April 2018. She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and grew up in a Christian family. She has lived in Syracuse, NY since 2010 with her husband and three children. She studied primary school and secondary school in Santo Domingo and is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Onondaga Community College with the goal of becoming an excellent teacher.
During the week Laksmi works with toddlers at Together We Grow in East Syracuse. She works hard and has goals of advancing her career and hopes to have a wide range of options to work in an area that most attracts her in the future. She is thankful for the values that her family and husband provide because their support, joy, understanding, and love motivate her to keep going. Laksmi likes to learn about new cultures and make new friends. She loves to cook and above all to spend time with her family.
Arianna was born in New York City and grew up between the Dominican Republic and New York. She attended high school in the Dominican Republic and is going to school with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She has lived in Syracuse since January 2013, with her husband and daughter.
She works at Syracuse Homes at McHarrie Place as a Nurse Aide on the weekends, and she is a full time LPN student. She loves working with kids and having fun. She likes to do artsy projects and has always had a passion for colorful things.