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ABCRGR Staff Covenant

As the staff of ABCRGR, we strive to create an inviting, comfortable, even fun atmosphere in which anyone feels welcome.

We hold ourselves to high standards of confidentiality, accountability, accuracy, transparency, and trustworthiness.

​We are here to resource and serve the region. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll do our best to help you find it! 

​We are here for: 

- Churches 

- Clergy 

- Lay leaders 

- Any member of the region who has questions or who wants a cup of coffee and great snacks! 

(Established December 2019)

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Regional Executive Minister Rev. Dr. Sandra DeMott Hasenauer

Rev. Dr. Sandra L. DeMott Hasenauer has served as executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region since November, 2018. Prior to being called as executive minister of ABCRGR, Sandra served as the associate executive director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA. Receiving her M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary in 1993 and ordained at the First Baptist Church of Macedon, NY, that same year, Sandy served as associate pastor and interim minister at several churches prior to joining the national ABCUSA staff. Sandy received a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership degree at Boston University School of Theology in May, 2018, with a focus on the practical implications for an organization of truly embracing a core vision of beloved community. Sandy is married to Chris Hasenauer and they have two adult children and two Golden Retrievers who keep them busy and entertained.

Region Administrator Tarra Hartmann

Tarra Hartmann has served as Region Administrator since August 2019. With her own membership in a Lutheran congregation where she's actively engaged in youth ministry and other church involvements, as well as serving as a church administrator for two region churches has given Tarra a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the ministry of congregations as well as the workings of American Baptist Churches USA. Tarra carries out her role with commitment and joy.