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Rev. Dr. Andrew Watkins and his wife, Dawn Hudson Watkins, are very blessed and are thankful to have been called to Grace Lutheran Church. Pastor Watkins asserts, “As a Lutheran pastor, my greatest joy is to be a vessel through which God brings His amazing love and gifts of grace to all people. God is the one who gives us the wisdom, grace, and spiritual gifts to serve on His behalf. I truly enjoy making home visits, working with the youth and the happily mature, sharing my faith in the community, teaching others to grow in faith and the use of their gifts, and sharing the Gospel of grace with all whom I meet. Growing in Christ takes courage to change, stretching by faith in new directions, and trust in God who knows the final destination. My wife, Dawn, and I are excited to be following Christ in this grace-filled adventure called Christian ministry.”

Pastor Watkins values faithfulness, forgiveness, grace, teamwork, a strong work ethic, and sharing God’s love. Pastor Watkins is also an adjunct Professor in the Education department for the graduate programs at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. Watkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Old Dominion University, a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Doctorate degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. As an ordained minister in the LCMS, he has served as a parish pastor since 1998. He writes the confirmation curriculum, and leads adult Bible studies throughout the year. Watkins has been a counselor with the LWML on the district level for 8 years. He has served in the community as the treasurer for the local ministerium and a chaplain at a hospital for over 12 years. Watkins is a U.S. Army veteran and taught high school science and chemistry in the public school system in Lynchburg, Virginia before being called into fulltime ministry. Dawn is retired from 21 years in law enforcement from Sussex County, Delaware. Together they enjoy God’s creation as they go hiking, skiing, sightseeing for animals, skating, and staying healthy with lots of exercise. Watkins’ said, “We look forward to being in ministry with the people of Grace and helping to further a powerful Christian influence to the communities of the Vestal area.”

You may reach Pastor Andy at (607) 748-0840 [the church office] or at


Ms. Jean Herman Henssler, a native of Endwell, NY, received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio and her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Ithaca School of Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. She was instructor of music at Broome Community College until moving to Europe in 1979, where she taught extensively and performed as soloist and accompanist in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Russia, Romania and the former Yugoslavia.

Returning to the United States, Ms. Henssler has served various local churches in their music programs.

Ms. Henssler teaches organ and piano locally, and is a active member of several music organizations including the Southern Tier Concert Band, the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, and the American Guild of Organists. She is also accompanist for the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, NY.

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