the Rev. Kirianne E. Weaver

Senior Pastor / Head of Staff


Kirianne writes: "Now that I've been at First Pres Ithaca for three years, I'm no longer sure I can use the excuse that I'm new.  If you're new, however, I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you.  Please come visit, and introduce yourself to me--the world needs more friends in it, and everyone needs a community hearth and a home in Christ."  To read a more complete bio, click here.

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daytime:  607-272-2800

emergency contact:  607-882-1325


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the Rev. Cynthia A. Weaver, Ph. D.

Supply Pastor

Cindy is generally always known to be the smartest, most generous, kind and loving person ever next to Jesus.  She is always punctual and extremely well-read!  Several times she has been asked to be the Supreme Ruler of Tompkins County, and once a mob tried to crown her King as she traveled through a small European city-state.  We are so honored she serves among us!

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daytime:  607-272-2800

Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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Laura Dale George

Interim Director of Christian Education

...more to come!

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Office: 607-272-2800

Cell: 712-212-4819

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 - 5:30

Linda Sharpe

Office Administrator

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Main office: 607-272-2800


Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30-12:30

Kate Hubbs

Business Manager

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Main office: 607-272-2800


Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 1:30-4:30

Ian Woods



Dr. Ian Gregory Woods combines his academic credentials of a PhD in developmental biology with a BA in music with organ studies (plus oboe) at Stanford. He has served as church organist in Presbyterian, United Methodist, Episcopalian and Lutheran churches since 1984. He and his family moved to Ithaca from Lexington, MA. Ian is a fully tenured professor in the biology department at Ithaca College--congratulations Ian!


Stephen Spinelli, D.M.A.

Chancel Choir Director

Stephen Spinelli is the assistant director of choral programs at Cornell University, where he conducts the Chorale and the Chamber Singers, and serves as the assistant director for the Glee Club and the Chorus. Under his direction the Cornell Chorale ( has tripled its student participation, and has performed the Vivaldi Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in the last year alone, collaborating with the Cornell Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra along the way. The Cornell Chamber Singers ( continue to present ambitious programs that challenge programmatic norms.