2018 FIA Banquet Pr. Vera bio

Rev. Dr. Vera E. Miller is the epitome of faith in action.  She gave her life to Christ at the age of 10. She was an active participant in the civil rights movement in the South in the 1960’s. In the early 1970’s, Vera became an active Rochester community participant. She was a member of the Kodak Jaycees, the Board of Bilingual Health Education of Action for A Better Community, and the Board of the United Cancer Council (now Cancer Action). She gave many cancer awareness workshops in area churches and smoking cessation workshops and was a Hospice volunteer for the council. She is a retired science teacher from the Rochester City School District, where she taught for 25 years, and a member of the Rochester Police Department Clergy Response Team.

Reverend Miller has served for 22 years as pastor of Genesee Baptist Church. Her accomplishments include initiating a Summer Arts Program for youth in the surrounding neighborhood. She has served on the Ordination Review Committee of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region for more than 10 years. She was presented with the Sojourner Truth Award, the highest award given by The Rochester Genesee Valley Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Pastor Vera loves to sing and has an extensive musical background. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Eastman Theater. She has been a faithful singer in various church and community choirs, as well as her own church’s choirs.

Pastor Vera has mentored at least 20 student ministers through their Master of Divinity Degree programs at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She continues to dedicate babies, and baptize, marry, and win souls for Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.




2016 Faith in Action Honorees: Robert, Bernadette, Matthew & Elisha Snow

Genesee Baptist honors the Snow family.   Robert, Bernadette, Matthew and Elisha have all been very faithful and dedicated members. Robert is on the Board of Christian Education, has been our Men’s Day speaker and very instrumental with the church outings. Bernadette is the Chair of the Church Cabinet, a deacon, and is faithful with any activity in the church. Matthew has been an usher, participates in church plays and is always will to offer help to the seniors and anyone who needs help to transport items. Elisha sings in the choir, has been an usher, helps with Sunday school and has directed children’s choir.


2014 Faith in Action Honorees: Allan and Lilleith Nisbeth

Allan and Lilleith photo

Allan and Lilleith Nisbeth have been members of Genesee Baptist Church since June 1991. Both have been very involved in church activities over the years. Lilleith is a member of the Gospel Choir, Board of Deacons, the Special Events Committee, and has been a church Trustee and member of the Board of Christian Education.  Allan is a member of the Men’s Chorus, and has been one of our church treasurers for several years.

We are grateful for all that Lilleith and Allan do “behind the scenes” and for their commitment to Genesee. Genesee Baptist is thankful to be able to honor them this year.


2013 Faith in Action Honorees:

FaithnAction2013 Three  members share 2013 Faith In Action honors.

Yvonne Johnson has been a member of Genesee Baptist Church since 2006. She has been on the Board of Christian Education, and is currently most active as a member of the Special Events Committee and one of the members who organizes our Clothes Closet.

Evelyn Lanier also joined Genesee Baptist Church in 2006, and she has been a Sunday school teacher as well as an active member of the Special Events Committee. She joins Yvonne in the daily management of the Clothes Closet.

Donna Taylor joined Genesee Baptist Church in 1958 when she was baptized. Having been active in the church for many years, she is a longtime member of the Pastoral Relations Committee, the Deacon Board, and the Memorial Fund Committee. Donna can be found in the church nursery on many Sundays, watching the little ones so that their parents might attend the church service.


2010 Faith in Action Honorees: Linford and Deloris Hamilton

Linford and Deloris Hamilton



Mr. and Mrs. Linford Hamilton are longtime members of Genesee Baptist Church, and they have been very active members. Linford has been a trustee for many years, eventually taking on the job of chairman. As a trustee, Linford has overseen the upkeep, repairs and maintenance of the church. Deloris has served on the Board of Christian Education and has been a deacon for numerous years. As a deacon, Deloris provides worship, baptismal and communion materials. The Hamiltons are instrumental in organizing the annual Caribbean Sunday at Genesee, which is hugely fulfilling and well attended. We are thankful for Linford and Deloris, because they do many “behind-the-scenes” jobs. Genesee Baptist Church is pleased to be able to thank the Hamiltons publicly for all they do for the church and their community.