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About Us

Our Team

Pastors Chris and Joan have been in full-time pastoral ministry for over 30 years and pastors of Zion Fellowship since 1993. Their desire is to see people come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in that relationship to a place of wholeness and maturity.

Chris also serves Elim Fellowship as an area representative and Joan serves as Director of Canandaigua Churches in Action "Supply a Smile" Dental Clinic.

They have three children and two adorable grandchildren.

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Pastor Jeff has been serving at Zion in different capacities for over 22 years. He came on staff in 1999 to oversee the maintenance of our church facility. However, over the years God has enlarged his area of responsibility and influence. He is now our Assistant Pastor overseeing compassion ministries and community outreaches. Jeff is also serving as Director of Canandaigua Churches in Action.

Jeff and his wife, Vicki, also serve as Deacons. They have two children and six beautiful grandchildren.

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Josiah Travis

Assistant Pastor - Youth

Pastor Josiah has called Zion his home church since 1998. In 2007, he joined the staff and now oversees ministry to Zion's Junior High and Senior High students. Since coming on staff in 2007 Josiah has sought to stir up passion for Jesus in the hearts of young people and equip them to impact the world with the love and truth of Jesus Christ.

Josiah and his wife, Laura, were married in 2010 and their first child, Isaiah, was born in March of 2014. They live in Canandaigua.

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Valeri Jantzen

Office Administrator

As the Office Administrator, Valeri is usually the first voice you hear when you call the church office. Valeri is the one to call If you ever need to schedule an event, organize a meeting, or want assistance in having an idea come to reality.

Valeri and her husband, Bob, have ministered together as Elders in our church family for more than 30 years. They have two children and five beautiful grandchildren.

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Maria Brooks


Maria does an amazing job of managing our financial accounting and we appreciate her so much! She and her children live in Canandaigua.

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Jen Naramore

Secretary & Receptionist

Jenn is our newest addition to our office staff. Generally her voice is the first one you will hear when you call the church office. Her excitement and joy make working with her so much fun! She and her daughter, Lilyana live in Naples.

Jason Kamola


Jason is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of our worship facility. The love and care he gives to our facility is a blessing to our church family. He and his daughter, Bella, live in Canandaigua.

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Zion's Elders oversee the ministry of the church under the leadership of the Senior Pastor. As they serve, they demonstrate their love and care for the family of God at Zion. They regularly meet together to pray and seek the Lord for the direction of the ministries of Zion.

They are:

  • Bob & Valeri Jantzen
  • Dave & Joanne Mount
  • Jim & Patty Peglow
  • Jerry & Patti Rose

  • Deacons

    Zion recognized the importance of having a group of individuals dedicated to the practical service of our church. In 2009, 10 individuals were chosen to serve as deacons, and since that time they have worked as a team to meet all aspects of the needs of the church family, from monitoring the upkeep of the building, providing financial assistance to those in need, and even helping people move. It is exciting to see the continual growth and development of our leadership team.

    Deb Bolles

    Jeff & Vicki Lippincott

    Sharon Nicholson

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