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.
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.
Assistant Pastor - Youth/Young Adult Ministries
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 now serve in ministry together.
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 25 years. They have two children and five beautiful grandchildren.
Charlene is the most recent addition to our team, coming on as Treasurer in 2012. She is responsible for the financial functions of the church and the bookstore. She plays a key role in every aspect of the finances and also assists in other administrative tasks around the office.
Charlene worked in bookeeping and as the Senior Pastor's Administrative Assistant at Church of the Revelation in New York City before joining our staff here in Canandaigua.
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.
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.
Pete & Alison Gleason
Jeff & Vicki Lippincott
Ron & Pat Phillippsen
Lynn & Barb Severcool