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The Rev. Troy Preston inducted as Christ Church Corning's rector

Christ Episcopal Church in Corning has appointed a Southern Tier native as its new rector.

The Rev. Troy Preston was formally inducted and ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, on Oct. 2. More than 400 clergy and parishioners from throughout the diocese and from Corning-area churches of all faiths attended the service.

The Very Rev. David Hefling, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, delivered the homily.

Preston, 43, succeeds the Rev. Charles H. Tyo, Jr., who retired after serving as the church’s rector for the past four years. Christ Church's new rector entered the ministry following some 20 years in human services and hospital administration. For 10 years he served in the human resources department at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads and then for six years as executive director of human resources at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.

A native of Addison, N.Y., he holds a B.S. degree from Mansfield University and graduated in May 2016 with an MDiv degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester.  In his process toward ordination, Preston was sponsored by Church of the Redeemer in Addison, which he started attending as a teenager and where he served in many lay positions.

Preston is also a business owner. He and spouse Kevin Hillman own and operate Fran’s Landing, a restaurant near Addison.