Kolja and Robin Keller
LEAD PASTOR (Kolja) and KIDS DIRECTOR (Robin)
We have been married since 2005. In 2013 we moved to Rochester, but originally Kolja is from Germany and Robin from Florida. We’ve also lived in New Orleans and Michigan but have become huge fans of living in Rochester. We are also the tired proud parents of two girls, Lucienne and Vivienne.
Kolja completed a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an Elder at Discovery Church for many years before becoming Lead Pastor in December 2018. He has been in youth ministry leadership positions in churches in Germany and New Orleans, and he served as an executive pastoral intern during his last year in Seminary.
He has also earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy degree and is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Rochester.
Robin graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. She has been passionate about serving with children and families since she was in high school and has volunteered in Children's Ministry since she was a teenager.
Kolja enjoys cooking, learning or discussing random facts on just about anything, and playing strategy games. Robin enjoys good conversation and coffee with friends, reading, and crochet.
Elliott & HEATHER RUTH Sneed
FOUNDING PASTOR (Elliott), Founding Kids Director (Heather)
We have been married 22 years and have three children. I have lived in New York for over 12 years, but was born in Louisiana, and spent time in Texas, NYC, and time out west. I enjoy living in New York, and all the wonderful people we have had the opportunity to meet.
I've been a pastor for over 16 years, and love to be a part of helping people pursue a relationship with God. At different times in my own life, I know I have struggled to understand faith in a way that makes sense, and so I enjoy discussing those ideas with others as they are comfortable. As a church, we want to be good neighbors and really help people, and in that process share the life-giving, authentic faith and relationship with God we have discovered. You can expect that during teaching at Discovery Church, I will use scripture directly and often, along with humor and stories, to explain what it is like to grow in faith and in a relationship with God.
I love hanging with people! However, I also enjoy listening to music, watching sports, all things tech, laughing with friends, and spending time with my wife and children.