Rev. Dr. Linda D. Even was born and raised in Levittown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry and an MBA at The Pennsylvania State University. In 1992, she graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, with a Master of Divinity, and later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Prior to accepting a call at the United Church of Fayetteville in August 2007, Dr. Even served as Associate Pastor for congregations in Bay City, MI and Cincinnati, OH.
Director of Music Ministries
Jared Shepard has been a church musician since 2002, working in churches in Albany and Syracuse, New York, as organist, accompanist and choir director. His positions in a diverse range of faith communities have given him experience and interest in church music, ranging from plainchant and early polyphony to the great English choral traditions and contemporary expressions of musical worship and prayer.
Jared’s study of piano took place at the pre-collegiate and undergraduate level with Herbert Chatzky of the Hartt School of Music, and Findlay Cockrell at the University at Albany, both pupils of noted Juilliard teacher Irwin Freundlich. Jared also received a BA in Music History and Cultures from Syracuse University while also studying Pipe Organ with Dr. Anne Laver and Choral Conducting with Dr. Jose Calvar. Currently, he is an MPA candidate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he studies Public and Nonprofit Management, as well as Economic Development.
Jared grew up in the foothills of the Adirondacks, in Hudson Falls, New York. He now lives in Chittenango with his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher at Bolivar Road Elementary School and their son, Henry.
Fulya joins United Church of Fayetteville as an administrative assistant after working as an office manager at a veterinary hospital. She obtained a B.A. in English Literature from Denison University and an M.A. in English Literature from Louisiana State University, where she also worked as an instructor for introductory English courses.
When not at work, Fulya spends her time with her husband, Erik, and their two young boys. She regularly volunteers at her children’s school, and enjoys reading and knitting whenever she has time. The Holtze family moved to Manlius in 2015, where they share their house with a sweet old grey cat named Poe.