We believe in the only true and living God, Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit; who is holy love, eternal, unchangeable in being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
Through Jesus Christ, God frees persons from the shackles, oppression, and shame of sin and sinful forces, from the guilt and penal consequences of sin, and enables them to have free access to God. This freedom, rooted in love, not fear, enables persons to become who God intends them to be, to bear witness to their Lord, and to serve God and neighbors in the vocations of their common life.
Believers who seek to know and to do the will of God, and who live in him as he lives in them, may in this life be assured of salvation and thus rejoice in the hope of fully sharing the glory of God.
By the covenant with Abraham and his descendants according to faith, God has established the church in the world through his Son Jesus Christ. This household of faith, the universal church, consists of all those persons in every nation and every age who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who respond to his call to discipleship.
Patricia (Pat) Pickett, the new pastor at Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church, previously the chaplain at Clover Bottom Developmental Center and pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in New York comes with excitement, joy and a creative vision for her new position.
While at Clover Bottom, she received the award for Media/Communications from Mayor Karl Dean’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. This award recognized her creation of “Simple Sign” which enhanced the worship possibilities for those who are differently able.
Graduating with distinction from Colgate Rochester Divinity School with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry, she received the highest award, The Theodore Louis Trost Memorial Prize for outstanding promise as preacher, pastor and parish minister. Her doctoral dissertation was a ballet she created and was performed by the Rochester Ballet Company entitled, The Anger of a Loving God.
As well as being a pastor, Pat is a liturgical dance choreographer and fiber artist. She has won prizes for her art in states where her work is displayed (CA, CO, MN, MI and NY). Her work is also archived in DC National Archives for work she did for the Bicentennial. She has authored several manuals for Christian Education and continues to write on pastoral care for persons with Alzheimer’s. She also teaches Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at MTS/PAS.
Pat says her greatest accomplishment is raising seven children to become productive citizens and persons of faith.