Deacon Diana Leiker returns to St. Peters!

The Venerable Diana Leiker

St. Peter’s is my home church and the one that supported me throughout the ordination process. When I was ordained in December of 2016, I was assigned to serve at another parish in the diocese and have been there full time for five years. Since taking on the role of Arch Deacon for the diocese of WNY, just before the pandemic hit, I have discovered that my role is evolving and changing and I recognized that more flexibility in my schedule as well as location, was needed.  At this time, I am so excited to be able to serve at two churches, two Sundays each. As a part time deacon at St. Peter’s I am able to help Deacon Tom and the wonderful, giving people of this congregation with their ministries and assist Father Dan at the altar. 

I am a retired art teacher, mother of four grown children, Bree, Kristin, Will, and Rochelle, and have nine grandchildren who mean the world to me. Before I retired I decided to do something “country-ish” (since I live on 2 1/2 acres of land) and now am a crazy chicken lady, with a small flock of birds. Along with my rescued dachshund, Hans, and cat, Windy, I get lots of lovin’ from my pets.  I try to be creative with my art whenever I can, but don’t always carve out time like I should.

With Deacon Tom, I am a member of the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination. I am also a member of the Standing Committee, co-ordinate a respite care program in Batavia, and work with refugees. As Arch Deacon, I also am involved in the ordination process for aspirants within the partnership. I am busy, happy, and always available to help.