3330 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14214 (716) 836-7660                                                                                      University Church Staff

Rev. Tracy S. Daub, Pastor

The outward journey of service and the inward journey of spirituality are the keys to Rev. Daub's focus.  She states "I am eager to share ministry with a congregation that, in the face of all the challenges confronting mainline churches today, is enthusiastic and centered on what holds us together, the Gospel of Jesus Christ." 

Reverend Daub brings a rich background of experiences in ministry.  She has served as Associate Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Buffalo and served three years as Interim Minister at North Presbyterian Church in North Tonawanda, New York.  She has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Western New York, provided leadership for the Committee on Ministry (Vice Chairperson), Committee on Women and the Church, and has been a delegate to Wynberg Presbytery in South Africa. 

Her community service has included the Interfaith Hospitality Network and Haven House. 

Reverend Daub is a magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a double major in History and Italian.  She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  A native of Tucson, Arizona, she has four siblings. 

She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was awarded the Jagow Prize in Homiletics (preaching) and Speech.  Other educational experiences include a semester in Deaf Ministry at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Tracy is married to Timothy Wadkins, a professor of Church History and Religious Studies at Canisius College.  Together they enjoy raising their son, Zachary, and daughter, Abigail.  They also enjoy traveling, entertaining, hiking and reading aloud to each other.    

John P. Novak, Organist and Minister of Music

John Novak has served as the Organist and Minister of Music at University Church since September of 2005.  John studied organ with Jonathan Biggers and Judy Congdon and holds music degrees from Binghamton University (Master of Music in Organ Performance) and Houghton College (Bachelor of Music in Music Education).  Prior to coming to UPC, he was the Organist at the Castile United Church of Christ and other Lutheran, Baptist and United Methodist churches.  John is the Western New York District Convener of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Past-Dean of the Buffalo Chapter of the AGO and Treasurer of the Portageville Chapel, a retreat for organists.  He also is an active performer, having appeared in organ recitals in Buffalo, East Aurora and Geneseo in recent years.  

An experienced music educator, John has worked with choirs of all ages from children through adults in both church and school settings.  John served as the middle and high school choral director, general music teacher and musical director of the theater program at Letchworth Central School in Gainesville, New York for over 10 years.  He also coordinates honors festivals for music students and educators as the President of the Genesee Valley School Music Association.

John recently completed a second masters degree, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, at the University at Buffalo and is the School Business Official at Letchworth CSD.  He resides in the rural community of North Java and enjoys travelling in his limited free time.

Mackintosh Barker, Youth Director

Mackintosh Barker serves as the Shared Youth Director for the joint youth program between University Presbyterian and North Presbyterian Churches. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo State
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Mack has a great deal of experience in the
Presbyterian Church (USA) and in working with youth. Some of his background includes: serving
as a Young Adult Volunteer with the PCUSA in Chicago for a year; serving as a member of the PCUSA 2010 Youth Triennium Design Team; serving as an adult advisor to two other PCUSA
Youth Trienniums; serving as a Youth Advisory Delegate to the 2010 PCUSA General Assembly;
and service on the Presbytery of Western New York’s Discipleship and Nurture Ministry Team. 
Mack is a member of First Presbyterian in Tonawanda where he sings in the chancel choir.

Peg Kovach, Administrative Assistant

Peg Kovach is a native of the Town of Tonawanda, having graduated from Kenmore West High School and Bryant and Stratton.  Her prior work experience was as a Parish Administrator for  an Episcopal congregation in Kenmore.  She also worked as the Administrative Coordinator at Parent Network, an organization serving all eight counties in Western New York, in assisting parents and professionals who work with children with disabilities. 

She has three adult children: Jennifer, a teacher at Franklin Middle School, Jessica who works at Southeast Works here in Western New York, and Jeffrey who serves as a pastor in New Jersey.  She is also the grandmother to seven grandchildren, ranging in ages from six to twenty.

In her spare time, Peg likes to basket weave, knit, read and swim in the summer.

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