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Lynette K. Sparks

Lynette Sparks

Lynette Sparks joined the Third Church staff in February 2013 after serving as pastor at Wrights Corners Presbyterian Church in Lockport for three years. During that time, she was also active in congregational transformation and redevelopment work in the Presbytery of Western New York. Lynette received her M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2009. She also served in several Christian education roles at North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville, NY from 2002-2007.

Committed to the idea that we are to be a "sent-out" church seeking justice and compassion in the world, Lynette has a heart for connecting with people no matter where they are in their spiritual journey.

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 earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting from Augustana College in her home state of South Dakota and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Lynette is married to Brad Sparks. They have two children, both students at the University of Pittsburgh: Meredith is in Pitt's School of Pharmacy, and Evan is studying Chemical Engineering. In her leisure time, Lynette enjoys trying new recipes, travel, music of all kinds, and supporting her family's activities. She counts among her most life-changing experiences the two years she and her family lived in Singapore and traveled throughout Southeast Asia.

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