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Pastors & Staff

John Elmer

Lead Pastor

John grew up in Camillus and graduated from Bishop Ludden High School. He has lived in all kinds of places including; NYC, Pittsburgh, Bangkok and Los Angeles but Syracuse is home! He is a Syracuse Orange and Yankees fan and really enjoys helping people reach their fullest potential.

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Gary Dawkins

Site Pastor

Gwen Elmer

Staff Pastor

Rebecca Scheel

Kids Ministry Director

Laurie Ludwig

Assistant to Gwen Elmer & Shelly Johnson

Cathy Rossi


Shelly Johnson

Executive Pastor

Connor Mazzuca

Tech Director

Chad Armstrong

Building Maintenance Director

Shalane Gardner

Assistant to Rebecca Scheel

Leon Powell

Worship Pastor

Amanda Ward

Youth Pastor & Communications Director

Kenzie Dolan

Assistant to Gary, Amanda, Leon, and Kids Ministry

Don Rothwell