United Methodist Church of Livonia, NY


Pastor & Staff

Pastor Sung Ho Lee

Rev. Sung Ho Lee was born and grew up in Korea. He studied chemical engineering in Korea and then came to the United States for graduate studies. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and worked in research centers both in the United States and Korea.  At the age of 39, he went to seminary to follow God’s call to ministry. He has served Burdett, Ithaca Korean, Hamilton, Corning First, Grand Island Trinity UMCs. He also served as District Superintendent of Mohawk District.  Pastor Sung Ho comes to Livonia from  Aldersgate UMC in Rochester (Greece).

Rev. Lee and his wife, Jung, and have two adult children, Sarah and Joey. Sarah and her husband, James, live in California with their two children, Harper and Autumn. Their son, Joey, lives in Virginia.

Pastor Sung Ho loves church, preaching, and enjoys music.

Pastor Sung Ho and wife, Jung, live in Livonia in the church parsonage.
Kelli office manager

Kelli Traynor

Office Manager

Kelli joined the UMCL staff in August 2019.  She has lived in Livonia for the last 15 years with her husband, Joseph and their two children and has  worked in the Livonia area.  She thoroughly enjoys being part of the community and is excited to work at United Methodist Church of Livonia.

Kelli prepares the "Weekly Update" email, oversees the day to day office tasks and reporting, and answers the phone.
Dan Nichols

Dan Nichols

Music Ministry - Praise Band

Dan believes music is his gift from God. He has loved singing since before he could remember.  He gave that talent back to God in the Catholic church he attended until he was 18. After deciding his views differed from that of the Catholic church, Dan stopped attending regular services. Years later, Shari, Dan's wife,  found her faith and ultimately brought him back to services at a Calvary Chapel, where he felt called to be part of the praise band and inquired about becoming involved. The Baptist views of church leaders were quite strict, and he didn't feel that was in line with Jesus' teachings. With the wind sucked out of his sails, Dan started to worry what God's plan was for him. Then, two friends  contacted  Dan asking if he would assist in the start of a contemporary worship service in Livonia. God's plan was dropped in his lap. This was over a decade ago, and Dan hasn't regretted a moment of it. Dan feels that God has led him and has a purpose for him at UMCL.  He plans to stay as long as he is called.

Bunny Gibson

Music Ministry - Choir Director

Steve Woodruff

Music Ministry - Piano and Organ