The Rev. Nate Mochizuki recently joined the congregation and community of Irondequoit Presbyterian Church, 2881 Culver Road.
Mochizuki was born and raised in the Seattle area, and served as co-pastor and chaplain in Missouri, Nebraska and southern Illinois. He graduated from the University of Washington with an economics degree in 2008 and went on to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 2011.
Throughout his journey, Mochizuki discovered a joy of walking with people of all ages and sharing their life experiences. His focus is on teamwork and facing challenges together, whether ministering to small or large congregations, or to those in hospitals or nursing homes.
His wife, the Rev. Elaine Loggi, serves as pastor at Summerville Presbyterian Church in Irondequoit.
Starting as a new pastor in the middle of a pandemic has its challenges. Unable to meet face-to-face with church members for many months was not easy for someone who values building personal relationships and teamwork.
With the help of church staff and technology, Mochizuki has engaged the congregation with online worship services and Facebook chats. The church started “drive-in” services where participants can listen to outdoor services broadcast live in the church parking lot on Sunday mornings. This opportunity allowed members to meet Mochizuki with social distancing and masking protocols in place.
The church will formally install Mochizuki as pastor with a ceremony and service at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the Perrin Drive parking lot behind the church. Reservations are required at (585) 266-3370.
Drive-in services are held at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays in the Perrin Drive lot. Visit irondpreschurch.org to view recorded services.