Lynette was named Acting Head of Staff in August 2019 (until an interim pastor is named), in addition to her position as Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism since February 2013. During her time here, Lynette co-founded ROC SALT Center, a designated mission of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley that addresses poverty and justice through mission immersion experiences in Rochester. Lynette is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s national Educate a Child Roundtable, and also a founding member of Great Schools for All, a community coalition seeking equity in public education. She previously served as pastor at Wrights Corners Presbyterian Church in Lockport, NY, and in Christian education roles. Prior to her service in the church, Lynette worked in the corporate world, first as an accountant for Deloitte & Touche in Minneapolis and later as a financial analyst for General Motors in their Detroit headquarters.
Lynette received her M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She also holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting from Augustana University in her home state of South Dakota, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is married to Brad Sparks. They have two young adult children: Meredith, a clinical pharmacist, and Evan, a chemical engineer.