Pastor For the Day (PFD)

The Mars Hill Network Pastor for the Day is a feature heard three times daily. Each day a pastor from the MHN listening area presents a short devotional that we trust will be helpful to you. If you wish to contact any of these pastors, you can find helpful information on each of their pages, which can be found in the tabs below.  You can also hear their previous PFD messages we’ve aired this past year by accessing their tab.

**PFDs that air on Saturday will be made available here the following Monday**

TODAY’S PASTOR FOR THE DAY:

Jeff O'Brien

Pastor, Northside Church in Liverpool, NY

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TODAY’S PASTOR, CLICK ON THEIR IMAGE ABOVE.

THIS WEEK’S PFDs:

Monday, May 23:  Pastor Fred Sykes
Tuesday, May 24:  Pastor Nathaniel Jackson
Wednesday, May 25:  Pastor Robert Foote
Thursday, May 26:  Pastor Jeffrey Smith
Friday, May 27:  Brother Suresh Thiagarajan
Saturday, May 28:  Pastor Jeff O’Brien

PASTORS FOR THE DAY AT THE MARS HILL NETWORK

Head Pastor at First Baptist Church of Memphis, NY

On air every third Monday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

After serving as associate pastor in Orlando, Florida for five years, Pastor George along with his wife, Pam, has since served at First Baptist of Memphis for over 33 years. He served a number of years as chaplain and even EMT for the Memphis Fire Department, has served as conference speaker in various venues, and held various positions in the Mid-State Fellowship and on the leadership team of the North East Fellowship of Independent Baptist Churches. Pam, his wife, recently retired from nursing after having raised two daughters, both in Florida and active in local churches.

Pastor George enjoys raising bees and uses them for his monthly Kid’s Corner lessons for the children of the church, often posting them online along with his Sunday morning and evening messages. Pastor George is committed to expository preaching, teaching the Bible a verse at a time.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Art George:

Head Pastor at Redeemer Covenant Church in Liverpool, NY

On air every fourth Friday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Bill received his undergraduate degree at the Ohio State University majoring in Business and Computer Science.  There he met Jayme, working on her master’s degree in dance, and they married.  While working in the computer field, Bill led worship at church while Jayme started a liturgical dance school.  They did multiple mission trips to Central and South America and led a pro-life ministry.  Bill also taught computer classes at Ohio State in the evenings.

In 1989, they moved to Miami, Florida to help a friend start a bilingual church.  After the church was up and running, they planted another church themselves.  Bill taught computer classes at Florida International University and worked a “day job” in the computer field.  He received his master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He pastored that church for 13 years.

They returned to Northeast Ohio to pastor a church there and be closer to their families.  In 2017, they were called to lead Redeemer Evangelical Covenant Church in Liverpool, NY.  Bill brings experience in preaching, teaching, youth ministry, children’s ministry, worship, and leadership to help steer Redeemer Covenant into the next chapter of the church’s story.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Bill Miller:

Head Pastor at Etna Community Church in Etna, NY

On air every second Friday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Bob was born and raised in Fulton, NY in a devout Christian family and nurtured at the State Street Methodist Church.  His early ministry began and teaching the children’s Sunday School class.  He earned undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering at both SUNY and RIT.  He’s been employed at General Electric, Singer Friden and Hi-Speed Checkweigher (later Mettler-Toledo).  His work was primarily in engineering, covering the areas of customer service, manufacturing, and 17 years running an R&D lab.  After pursuing and earning a Master’s degree in business from SUNY, he moved into the sales department overseeing regional salesmen.  With each of these, Bob traveled the world, bringing me insight in different beliefs and cultures, a grounding he believed The Lord wanted him to experience and understand.  Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart Paula McNamara, and they have two daughters, ten that call them grandparents, and even some greats.

Upon retiring after 44 years with Mettler-Toledo, The Lord called Bob to serve Him “full time”. He has been serving as a lay leader for many years and had always been “too busy” to take on a pastoral role. The Lord called him to follow through with my commitment to Him. Out of excuses, for the next two years, he pursued and earned a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry answering His call to work for Him.  Afterwards, Bob was locally ordained and accepted the position of Pastor at the Etna Community Church.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Bob Brackett:

Head Pastor at Messiah’s Church in Clay, NY

On-air every second Saturday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Rev. Brian Coombs is the church planting pastor of Messiah’s Church since 1996. He was trained at and received a Masters of Divinity from The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He serves the Reformed Presbyterian Church in various ways, including as a secretary and parliamentarian. His interests include, but certainly are not limited to reading, music, gardening, house projects, and neighbors. He and his wife of 26 years have four children.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Brian Coombs:

Head Pastor at Northside Church in Liverpool, NY

On-air every first Friday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Bio coming soon

Previous PFDs from Pastor Bruce Aubrey:

Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY

On air every third Wednesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Conroy was born and raised in Jamaica. The Lord called him to pastoral ministry at the age of 17. Conroy came to Binghamton, NY to study for the ministry in 2000. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Religious Education in 2004 from Practical Bible College (now Davis College) and went on to earn his Master’s of Arts in Religion from Liberty University. He served as Associate Pastor of Worship in Chambersburg, PA for 10 years before coming to Grace Baptist Church in May 2019. He and his wife Julie were married in 2006 and they have one daughter.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Conroy Lewis:

Pastor of Faith in Christ Fellowship in Chadwicks, NY

On air every third Tuesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

A native of Texas, Pastor Chad grew up just north of the Houston metro area in the deep pine forest of east Texas. After graduating from high school, Chad served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in the Portland, ME and New York City area. It was during this time that Chad developed a love for the people of the Northeast.

After departing the Coast Guard, Chad studied Theology and Biblical Studies at Liberty University where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He earned his Masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Knox Theological Seminary.
Chad has served in various pastoral roles throughout the years from youth ministry to church revitalization and has a passion for the expositional preaching of the Word of God for the building up of the body in order that they may be equipped for the work of the ministry. He also has a passion for discipling men for preparation for the ministry and seeing churches planted in the Northeast and beyond.

Chad is married to his beautiful wife Emily who is a native of Midland, TX. She is a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University with two degrees in Journalism and Animal Science. Both Chad and and Emily hold to the personal conviction to raise their kids in a classical homeschool environment and thus Emily endeavors to teach the kids from their home. They have three boys: Beckham, Truett, and Latham.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Chad Morgan:

Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church in Moravia, NY

On air every second Tuesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

A graduate from The Master’s Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity, Dan served as a Youth & Family Pastor in CT before taking on his first pastorate in Moravia.

Dan and his wife Adriane were married in 2005 and have three children: Ben, Evelyn and Luke.  What makes being a small-town pastor so enjoyable and rewarding for him is truly developing relationships with the congregation and people in the community.  There’s a great opportunity to genuinely live out your faith in a community in which you know your neighbors by name and others know you.

Dan enjoys hiking, camping, just about anything outdoors, except mosquitoes, as well as reading and date nights with Adriane.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Dan Hull:

Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Chittenango, NY

On air every first Monday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

I’m Pastor Daniel Maxfield, Jr., and it is an honor to join with the Mars Hill Pastor of the Day program. My wife, Sue Ellen (Riehlman) and I are from the Central New York area and have been married for 42 years. We have three children and seven grandchildren with number eight on the way. We both have been in ministry, serving our Lord in various roles, for over 35 years including our years as pastor and wife here at the First Baptist Church of Chittenango NY.

Through people who cared for me, while growing up, God revealed to me that I was a sinner in need of The Savior. He extended to me an invitation to receive, by faith, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for me, as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of 16. At the age of 25 my journey to the pastorate began. Shortly thereafter I received my ministry license and continued on the pastorate journey.

The Lord called my wife and I to the First Baptist Church of Chittenango in July of 2000. While ministering there I continued in my studies and was ordained in 2008.  Today, people are getting saved and the saved are growing in Christ. All glory goes to our Lord. My prayer is for both, my wife and I and our children, to be able to be used of God, for the rest of our lives, to fulfill His purposes He has specifically designed for each of us to fulfill and that no one misses the grace of God within our reach.

As you nurture your faith, learn to worship our Lord in reverence and awe with other believers, enrich your faith through Bible study and prayer then get involved with church ministry and mission. And never forget Mars Hill Radio is here for all of us and is an excellent resource that offers us hope in our life’s journey of faith.  May God bless you in abundance with His favor and grace forever!

Previous PFDs from Pastor Dan Maxfield:

Pastor of Discipleship at Pittsford Community Church

On air every first Tuesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Dana L. Goodnough is Pastor of Discipleship at Pittsford Community Church in the Rochester, New York area where he has served since 1985. Having grown up in the Finger Lakes region, Dana is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Calvary Bible College, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He also has a counseling degree from Liberty University and a doctoral degree from Dallas Seminary. Dana serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Seminary and has published a book entitled Three Minute Theology (Westbow Press). He has participated in several short term mission trips to places including Russia, Indonesia, Chad, Ukraine, and Brazil.

He and his wife, Monica, have three children—Andrew (and his wife Nicole), Emma (and her husband Darton), and Adam (and his wife Chelsea), as well as five grandchildren. In his leisure time Dana enjoys a good book in an Adirondack chair by a quiet lake.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Dana Goodnough:

Senior Pastor at Marietta United Christian Church

On air every second Thursday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Bio coming soon.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Darren Smith:

Senior Pastor of Clifton Park Community Church

On air every second Thursday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Rev. Dr. David J. Bissett served two churches in New England, before being called in 1995 to Clifton Park Community Church — in the Capital District of upstate NY — where he continues to serve as Pastor.

He attended the University of Wisconsin, serving in the local chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, graduating with a BA degree in Economics. He worked as Productivity Analyst for I.T.T. Consumer Financial Corporation for three years, until he married his college sweetheart, Laurel Ryan of Boston, in 1984. He completed a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies at enrolled at Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, MN) in 1989. During seminary, he directed college ministries John Piper in downtown Minneapolis, MN. In 2020, he completed coursework and a Thesis to earn his Doctor of Ministry from Ligonier Theological Academy in Sanford, FL.

The Bissetts are blessed with seven children, whom they home-schooled. They also co-founded The Arbor, a local classical educational cooperative, in 2002, where David teaches formal logic, history and economics.

In addition to pastoral ministry, Bissett co-founded and helps direct Gospel Advance of Upstate New York (a regional cooperative of evangelical churches) and is an active member in the Evangelical Theological Society—Northeast Region, currently serving as Chairman. He is also an Instructor with The Charles Simeon Trust and hosts annual preaching workshops in Upstate New York. He has written articles and book reviews published in the Puritan Reformed Journal, Reformation & Revival Journal, and The Banner of Truth magazine.

Previous PFDs from Pastor David Bissett:

Pastor & Program Director of Adult & Teen Challenge in Syracuse, NY

On air every fifth Thursday

Pastor Dave was born 2 blocks from ATC at the old Syracuse General Hospital!  Before graduating from Christian Brothers Academy high school, he saw the book in the school library The Cross & the Switchblade, which documents the 1958 founding of Teen Challenge in Brooklyn NY.  The book made a serious impact in his life, and he committed his life to Christ through a student-led Bible study group that met at Onondaga Community College.  After graduation, he enrolled in Bible School at Christ for the Nations Institute, Dallas Texas, and graduated with an Associate Degree in Ministry.

Returning to Syracuse in August 1976, he started volunteering at the Teen Challenge program and eventually became a live-in staff member, moving out in 1982, the morning he got married! He and Nancy reside in Clay and have 2 grown children and hundreds of alumni who call-in from time to time.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Dave Pilch:

Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Trumansburg, NY

On air every fifth Saturday

Dennis has been blessed to have pastored Trumansburg First Baptist for twelve years. Previously, he pastored churches in Clifton Springs and Elmira, NY.

His wife of thirty years, Judith, is a wonderful compliment in his ministry as she is a gifted vocalist and music director. She is retired from school administration. Dennis & Judith have been blessed with three fine sons who serve the Lord, their families and their communities.

During Dennis’ ministry, he has led short-term mission trips to Haiti and is currently partnering with The Ecole du l’Enfant Epanoul school in Haiti to construct an earthquake-safe school for the children. That initiative is on hold due to Covid-19. He’s also been on missions to Vietnam to participate in a program to train pastors for the Baptist Convention of Vietnam.

Dennis has enjoyed teaching several courses in the American Baptist Churches of New York region and has served as a mentor to pastors seeking ordination.

God has also privileged him to have been involved with the start-up of the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Ontario County and has participated in building three houses while in ministry there. He continued that work on the Board of the Chemung County chapter and more recently worked with the Tomkins Cortland chapter to build two houses in Trumansburg.

As Psalm 16 says, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”

Previous PFDs from Pastor Dennis Christiansen:

Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in New Hartford, NY

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Fletch grew up in Geigertown, PA.  He studied forestry, owned a remodeling business, and was commissioned for pastoral ministry by Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. Currently, he serves as the board chairman for Care Net of Central New York.

Fletch married his wife Meg in 2007 and they have four beautiful daughters: Lily, Autumn, Sierrah, and Pearl.  His hobbies include anything with mountains, woods, and rivers; climbing, hiking, backpacking, trail running, fly fishing, and canoeing. Also, he knows soccer is the best sport. Go Philadelphia Union!

Favorite Scripture: Too hard to choose. Scriptures he loves are Matthew 13:44, Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 12:15, Ephesians 3, Psalm 16, Deuteronomy 12:20.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Fletch Matlack:

Pastor of First Baptist Church in Canton, NY

On air every fourth Monday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Pastor Fred Sykes grew up in what was basically a secular home.  During his sophomore year, Fred started going to church to meet girls and feel religious.  The first Sunday of his junior year, someone invited me to join a Bible Study.  He was part of a Navigator outreach.  In the Bible study, he heard the Gospel, understood that he was a sinner and what Jesus Christ had done for him (& all of us).  That day, he trusted in Christ.  I saw my language change, my reasons for going to church change, and, his purpose in life change.  When Fred graduated, he was commissioned and started working at the Division of Naval Reactors in Arlington VA.  He married Sandy and we have three beautiful girls.  After almost 6 years, he left the Navy and did corrosion research for a private R&D company for about 5 years.

Pastor Sykes got involved with his church and international student ministries and felt God calling me to get further training.  He majored in New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 1990.  The First Baptist Church in Canton, NY called him to be their Pastor and he continues to serve there.  Pastor Sykes loves the Lord and the Bible.  His favorite verse is Daniel 10:12.

The Lord saw two things in Daniels life that He recognized:  humility; and, a heart to understand.  I seek these two things.  My favorite word is ‘grace’.  For by grace are you saved through faith.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Fred Sykes:

Senior Pastor of Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Elbridge, NY

On air every third Monday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Pastor George Burkinshaw is the founding pastor of Calvary Bible Baptist Church, and has faithfully served since its founding in 1980.  His son, George Burkinshaw Jr, is his associate and has served in the church faithfully since his youth.  Young Pastor Burkinshaw has been active in street preaching, personal evangelism, visitation and teaching Sunday School prior to answering God’s call to preach.

Previous PFDs from Pastor George Burkinshaw:

Senior Pastor of Armour of Light Baptist Church in Meridian, NY

On air every second Friday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Bio coming soon.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Greg Settle:

Senior Pastor of Crown Alliance Church in Cortland, NY

On air every fourth Saturday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

He is a sinner because of the fall, a Christian by God’s grace, was a trucker by trade, a preacher by God’s calling, and has a ‘retirement plan’ that’s out of this world!

After approximately 3 million miles of driving truck, Pastor G is back into fulltime ministry! He has pastored several churches, as well as working in many different areas of the trucking industry as everything from a laborer, truck driver, trainer and in management. After working for a company, he bought his own truck and worked as an owner operator. While he loves to drive and see the country, his heart is in preaching. He’s been heard to say, on many occasions, “If I could preach every day of my life, I’d be the happiest man ever.”

His ‘real life experience’ helps him in delivering a powerful and relevant message that can reach everyone, regardless of their religious background. He believes that we’re all on a journey through the life God’s given us. While we’re all at different stages of the journey, our goal is to be Christlike, and none of us have arrived. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be the person God desires us to be!

He left a full-time job and came to Crown Alliance to follow the passion God has given him. Pastor G, along with his wife, Denise, have dedicated their lives to serving the people of Cortland and the surrounding areas.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Greg Wolters:

Pastor & Secretary-Treasurer of Mars Hill Radio Canada in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

On air every second Tuesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Born in Holland and a Canadian import in 1952, Hank was blessed to have been raised by dedicated Christian parents. He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior as a “fire escape” at the age of 7. Over the years, he found that God’s Son is not only a “get-out-of-damnation-free” ticket but a Person to love and serve.

In 1975, he and his sweet wife, Pat, moved to Kingston, Ontario to help in child evangelism work and support a new Plymouth Brethren assembly. This continues through the present as he serves as an elder and itinerant preacher in that fellowship.

In 1984, Hank became a founding member of Mars Hill Radio (Canada) Inc. along with Doctor A. Kenneth Wyllie and James Green. Having retired after 40 years as a Public Health Inspector in 2010, he now keeps busy in helping friends and neighbors fix things, build bathrooms – or whatever construction jobs needed – after doing whatever he can in a service for the Lord Jesus Christ. This includes the continued work with MHR Canada, editing Christian author’s manuscripts and writing articles for a Christian magazine, Grace and Truth.

It is almost dangerous have written this bio, as it is important to remember: “He must increase, I must decrease”, (John 3:30).

Previous PFDs from Brother Hank Blok:

Lead Pastor of Fowler Baptist Church in Gouverneur, NY

On air every first Monday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Howard Maxson was delivered from his mother’s womb April 10, 1953.  He was a former atheist & drug user until the Lord delivered him from the womb of atheism sometime during the Fall of 1973.

He attended The Baptist College of Florida where he got his Bachelor’s in Ministry.  He’s also a graduate of American Baptist New York State Region Nehemiah Leadership Network and enrolled in the Spiritual Renewal Center’s Horizon Program for the Training of Spiritual Directors.  Formerly a Methodist, Southern Baptist & Reformed Baptist, he currently is an American Baptist and incorrigible reader and student.  He currently serves as the lead pastor at Fowler Baptist Church in Gouverneur, NY.

His favorite subject to learn is Celtic Christian History and Spirituality, of which he is also a presenter of its history, mystery & ministry.  His favorite band is Iona, a now disbanded Celtic Christian Progressive Rock group from the U.K.

Howard has been married for 42 years to his wife Brenda, and they have three children and nine grandchildren.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Howard Maxson:

Evangelical Chaplain for Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University

Pastor at International Assembly in Jamesville, NY

On air every third Friday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Bio coming soon.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Jay Koshy:

Aired February 18, 2022 (2/18/22) & April 15, 2022 (4/15/22)

Pastor of Northside Church in Liverpool, NY

On air every fourth Saturday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Pastor Jeff O’Brien was born in Boston, Mass.  He has lived in Cleveland, Oh. Syracuse, NY and Pelham, NH.

On October 31, 1982, he left New Hampshire on a motorcycle heading for California to eventually get to New Zealand. The Lord changed his plans and he found himself living in Seminary, Ms. where he stayed for 3 yrs.  Jeff received Christ in front of his television set in New Hampshire before he left NH. Pat Robertson gave an invitation on TV and he received Jesus.

Pastor O’Brien went to Seminary @ Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN.  He attended Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis where Pastor Adrian Rogers was the pastor.  Jeff counts it a privilege to serve as pastor at Northside Baptist Church in Liverpool, N.Y.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Jeff O’Brien:

Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church in Watertown, NY

On air every fourth Thursday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Rev. Jeffrey E. Smith‘s ministry has been blessed by the Lord from the small fellowship of believers assembled in the Community Room at Huntington Heights, Watertown, New York, on July 7, 2002, to a large fellowship at the First Baptist Church on Public Square in Watertown, New York.

Rev. Smith was born and raised in the inner city of Indianapolis, IN. He was caught up in the inner city life. Rev. Smith was a professional musician for close to thirty years, and yet again was caught up into the lifestyle of the music industry. Yet, by the grace of God, he was delivered and Jesus set him free from the bondage of death. The Lord called him into the ministry, and he has given his life to be a servant of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Smith has been going into the mission field in both Haiti and Africa for around 23 years.  Rev. Smith is the head Chaplain at the Jefferson County Jail, the Chaplain for the Watertown Police Force and he is a member of the Clergy Staff at the Samaritan Medical Center and Keep Home.  Rev. Smith is also a counselor for substance abuse, marital matters, premarital matters, and is a family counselor. In addition, he counsels soldiers returning from duty overseas who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with their families.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Jeffrey Smith:

Chaplain in the Hutchings Psychiatric Center

On air every fifth Wednesday

Rev. Dr. Jim Stone has served as pastor in upstate New York churches ranging from small town to inner-city, including inter-racial and international congregations in full-time, bi-vocational and interim positions. He was the Director of Mental Health for the Syracuse Rescue Mission, and is currently serving as a chaplain in the Hutchings Psychiatric Center. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam, M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and D.Min. in Marriage and Family Ministry from Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary.

Jim is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and serves on the board of the Upstate New York Chapter of ICF. He is a member of the Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI), and is the facilitator of CCNI’s Missions Coaching Learning Community. He has a special interest in bi-vocational and marketplace ministry. As a pastor, leader and coach Jim is committed to guiding, encouraging and equipping God’s people as they pursue God’s will and a deeper relationship with him.

Jim enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. His oldest son, Tim was born with severe disabilities, and was not expected to survive but lived to be 34. Tim constantly surprised and inspired many by the way he lived and enjoyed life. Jim’s daughter, Katie and son, Dan are both physical therapists. Dan is in the Air Force. Jim’s youngest daughter, Nikki was adopted from Vietnam when she was three and a half. Jim’s other interests include meeting new people, exploring new places, swimming, hiking and hanging out with friends.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Jim Stone:

Pastor at Lifeway Community Church in North Bangor, NY

On air every second Monday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Pastor Joe Selenski, an ordained American Baptist Churches Pastor since 1996. He began his North Country Ministry as Pastor for First Baptist church in Malone then went on to plant a new church eleven years ago in N. Bangor NY.  He is still Pastor for Lifeway Church.  Pastor Joe founded Barnabas House Homeless Shelter and was Director for ten years.

Before coming to Upstate NY Joe managed Crisis Intervention Programs, a Christian Counseling Program, and worked in therapeutic programs for teens transitioning from institutional placements. As an interesting side note, Pastor Joe played hockey into his twenties and had a career in professional minor league hockey as a coach and General Manager.  Pastor Joe enjoys fishing, camping, kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Joe Selenski:

Pastor & Chaplain for Critical Support Services

On air every third Friday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Bio coming soon.

Previous PFDs from Chaplain Josh Czyz:

Associate Pastor of Pompey Community Church

On air every third Thursday (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Josiah has been serving in the church for as long as he can recall, and he remembers clearly the moment when God called him into full time ministry as a Pastor.  He studied at the college of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is close to finishing my Masters of Divinity at Midwestern.  I love to preach God’s Word and help others to know that living a life completely surrendered to Jesus is the best life to live.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Josiah Durfee:

Aired February 17, 2022 (2/17/22) & April 21, 2022 (4/21/22)

Congregational Leader (Rabbi/Pastor) of Messiah Congregation in Washington Mills, NY

On air every fourth Thursday (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Justin and his wife Renee have been married for 25 years. They are blessed with two grown sons, and a daughter in law. Justin has served his Lord and Savior in many capacities, locally and internationally. His passion is teaching the Word of God, and ministering to those in need.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Justin Elwell:

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Senior Pastor of Valley Alliance Church in Palatine Bridge, NY

On air every fifth Friday

Bio coming soon.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Ken Gies:

Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown, NY

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Bio coming soon.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Lee Pickett:

Pastor of Clay Community Church in Clay, NY

On air every second Saturday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Pastor Len Flack is a skilled writer, a gospel-centered preacher, and a discerning teacher of the word. He is deeply committed to using those gifts to empower Christ’s people to understand the scriptures and live faithful lives of worship. Len brings years of pastoral ministry experience to Clay Community Church, along with a genuine heart for missional community engagement.

Len and his wife Diana met during their time at Davis College, and were married in the spring of 2004. They are the parents of two children, Elijah and Moriah.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Len Flack:

Pastor of Skyline Baptist Church in Rome, NY

On air every fourth Wednesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Pastor Graham has served the local church for fifty years. He has written extensively to provide biblical helps for those under his pastoral and counseling care.  Founder of the Genesis Ministries, Inc., adjunct professor of biblical counseling for eight years with the Empire State Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Graham holds various degrees and diplomas in ministry, counseling and law.

Currently, Pastor Graham resides with his wife, Diane in Rome, NY where he mines the riches of God’s Word daily and shepherds the Skyline Baptist Church.  The Grahams have four married children who serve Christ through the local church.  They also enjoy their heritage of eleven delightful grandchildren, two of whom live at home with Jesus

Previous PFDs from Pastor Mark Graham:

Senior Pastor of Webster Bible Church

On air every third Saturday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Matt Fletcher was born in Webster in 1968 but spent most of his early life in the Chicago area. He is a graduate of Washington Bible College (B.A., 1990), Briercrest Biblical Seminary (M.Min., 1999), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2014). Matt met his wife Ruthie while they were both students at Washington Bible College, and they got married the summer following their graduation in 1990. The Lord has blessed them with five children, two of which are married, and three grandchildren.

Matt has served in pastoral ministry for thirty years. Prior to becoming the Senior Pastor at Webster Bible Church in 2011, Matt pastored churches in Virginia, Nova Scotia (Canada), and Massachusetts.

Matt loves to read Christian biographies and books on biblical counseling, theology and leadership. He also enjoys playing golf, taking walks with his wife, watching good movies, traveling, and staying in touch with extended family members and friends.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Matt Fletcher:

Lead Pastor of Lord of the Harvest Church in Amsterdam, NY

On air every fourth Monday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

I am Mike Arbige, pastor at Lord of the Harvest Church in Amsterdam, NY. I am beyond blessed to have a beautiful family, live in the greatest nation given to man, and most importantly, have my soul purified by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Truly, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (I Cor. 15:10).

By that grace, we founded this ministry in my parent’s basement in November of 2009. Since then, we have been committed to the verse-by-verse teaching of God’s perfect Word. We strive each day to proclaim this Word in the face of mounting evil, knowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for sinful man and a degenerating culture. We are a simple church, doing what we do, “For the truth’s sake” (2 John 2).

If you are ever in the area, we would love to have you stop and see us. We are located on 27 Teller St. in Amsterdam. Our Sunday service is at 10 AM, and our Wednesday Bible study is also at 10 AM. Every Wednesday night at 7 PM (except for the summer) we do a live Q and A on our church Facebook page. We would love to have you join us for that too. It is always lots of fun! Whether we meet or not, by grace may you too commit yourself to God’s Word, and to living “for the truth’s sake.”

Previous PFDs from Pastor Mike Arbige:

Aired February 28, 2022 (2/28/22) & April 25, 2022 (4/25/22)

Lead Pastor of Parkside Bible Church in Watertown, NY

On air every first Thursday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Dr. Mike Gerhardt was born in Philadelphia, PA. He received a BA from Kean University in NJ. He worked eight years as a finance analyst. In 1980 he married Janet Lewis. Two years later, he began Dallas Seminary and received a Masters of Theology in 1986. He spent 6 years of ministry at the Chinese Church in Parsippany NJ, 2 years at Leeward Community Church in Hawaii, 18 years at New Beginnings in Poughkeepsie NY.

Since 2013, he is lead pastor at Parkside Bible in Watertown NY. He has three active sons: Brandon in Houston married with two sons, Trevor in Bali, Indonesia and Eric in Brooklyn. He received his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006.

There are many metaphors that can relate to the Christian life, but none were more powerful than my 2013 trip to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with my three boys. God wants to take us to the top and wants us to trust him completely for this journey we call life.

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Senior Pastor at Truth Bible Fellowship in Nedrow, NY

On air every first Saturday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

I was saved watching a Christian television show in 1983.  Back then you actually had to stand up and walk to the TV to change to one of 4 channels available to us.  I had been reading the Bible and writing inspirational music for a few years when I became interested in information about the Word of Jesus. I wasn’t paying attention and before I knew it the show’s host was giving an invitation to accept Jesus as my Savior. When I jumped up to turn the channel he pointed out at the audience and said, “Don’t you touch that dial, you’re going to sit down and pray this prayer.“  He was speaking to millions of people but I knew he was speaking to me. I sat down to pray and was overcome by the power of the Lord. When I got back up off the floor about 45 minutes later, I was a new creation in Christ.

Many wonderful things have happened in the years since, by the powerful hand of the Lord took control…not the least of which is the purchase of our new building.. After twenty two years of leasing, it is good to be inour own new home in the village of South Onondaga.  I have really enjoyed sharing what the Lord puts on my heart for ‘Pastor For the Day’ with the wonderful listeners of The Mars Hill Network Radio.  My only difficulty, being a typical evangelical pastor, is limiting my talking to five minutes.  I know my brothers and sisters in ministry will get a kick out of that honest admission.

Blessings to All,
Pastor Michael Kerlin

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Lead Pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, NY

On air every first Saturday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

A Pennsylvania native, Pastor Mike Shingler grew up attending an independent Bible church and came to saving faith in Christ at age 23.  He is a graduate of Liberty Theological Seminary, and he served as a pastor in independent churches from 1999-2016.  Over the course of his ministry and personal study, he became increasingly convinced of the Reformed system of doctrine as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith.  He became a part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 2016 and moved to Syracuse, NY in 2017 in response to the call to Hope Presbyterian Church.

Pastor Shingler and his wife, Sabrina, were married in 1992, and she has been a constant support and encouragement. They have 4 grown children and (as of this writing) 4 grandchildren.  In addition to the ministry of God’s Word, Pastor Shingler enjoys reading, fishing, fitness and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Pastor of Wellspring Family Life Church in Brewerton, NY

On air every third Monday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Having served at Wellspring Family Life Church since 2010, Pastor Mike and Donnalene desire to point people to Jesus Christ where in we find healing and wholeness. The development of healthy relationships is at the heart of Wellspring Family Life Church. Their love for Christ and for people is the driving force behind WFLC.

Pastor Mike and Donnalene have been married since 1991 and their greatest joy is their family, having raised 5 children, they are eagerly anticipating the reunion with their 2 in heaven. Their family has grown to include both a son and daughter-in-love, two granddaughters, a grandson, and quite a few foster loves.

Together, Pastor Mike and Donnalene share a passion for strengthening families, which begins with seeing couples experience marriage the way God intended it to be; fun, intimate, and rooted in a love for God and each other.

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Senior Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY

On air every third Saturday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Pastor Milton E. Kornegay has been serving as the Pastor of the Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY since 1996. He is married to the lovely Patricia A. Kornegay, and God has blessed them with two sons (Joseph 23, and Simeon 18). Pastor Kornegay and his wife have been happily married for 29 years.

Pastor Kornegay was saved in April 1987 and has committed his life to serving the Lord in the Pastoral Ministry. He is a graduate of the Baptist Bible College and Seminary of Clarks Summit, PA. His heartbeat is the discipling of men and women – bringing them to a place of usability in the Master’s service.

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Pastor of Trinity Fellowship in Syracuse, NY

On air every fourth Tuesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Nathaniel is a native of Syracuse and grew up attending Trinity Fellowship. He obtained a degree in history from Colgate University, where he captained the soccer team. He spent a year working at His Mansion Ministries before pursuing teaching. He has an M.A. in History and NYS Certification in High School Social Studies.

In 2008, he traveled to England to study at Cornhill Training Course in London. Nathaniel then spent a year serving at Christ Church Bromley, in SE London, before returning to the US. Nathaniel taught Bible and was chaplain at Faith Heritage School and was ordained an elder in Trinity Fellowship in 2011. He is blessed to be married to Abigail, and they have five lively children.

He enjoys the wit of Chesterton, the fiction of Dostoyevsky and the preaching of Martin Lloyd-Jones.

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Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ithaca, NY

On air every fourth Wednesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Robert Foote is in his 25th year of ministry at Trinity; his previous congregation was the first church he served for 11 years in Pittsburgh/Braddock Pennsylvania.

Pastor Foote is married to his beautiful & faithful wife Sheila, whom he met during his undergraduate days at Ohio State University, and they’ve been married ever since he was in seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana in 1983.  God has blessed them with three faithful children; their oldest child Jennifer was born with acute cerebral palsy and was sainted at age 23, in 2010.  Their other adult children Stephanie & Matthew live in the Ithaca area, Stephanie is married to a fine Christian man, and through that marriage they have a step-grandson.

Robert has his M.Div. degree at seminary in systematic theology, and his other master’s degree is in counseling, which he received alongside his wife at Seton Hall University.

Trinity operates both a preschool and an afterschool program, and they also have affiliate campus ministries at both Cornell and Ithaca College. Trinity also has a refugee house and has helped refugees since the Vietnam War era.

Pastor Foote is grateful to God for having been raised in a Christian family, and for the Holy Spirit’s sustaining grace throughout his life.

“John 15:5 is my confirmation verse, and I’m sticking with it!”

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Pastor of Crosspoint Church in Whitesboro, NY

On air every third Wednesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Born in 1960, Sam Macri grew up in an Italian family in Rome, NY. When he was 12 years old, his dad would brought him to work & he helped his dad fix up homes. That’s when he started working in a trade that he still loves to this day. Sam met his wife in the high school cafeteria at 17 years old. They’ve been married now for 41 years and have three sons together.

At 18 years old, Sam met Jesus when two construction workers invited him to Clinton Road Baptist Church, now called Crosspoint Church.  Around that time, he began listening to the music and programming on WMHR. He especially loved to hear the preaching! After about 9 years of learning and growing in Christ, Sam realized God was calling him into ministry and off to Bible College we went.

He’s been blessed to be a part of God’s forever family for 42 years now & pastor of Clinton Road/Crosspoint Church for 30 years.

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Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Westerlo, NY

On air every second Wednesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Scott Boger was born in Philadelphia and drawn to the Lord at an early age. Scott grew up as a missionary kid in Nova Scotia. Returning to the United States to study and eventually graduate from Washington Bible College in 1989. While at Bible College, Scott met the woman that he would marry, Susie. They returned to Nova Scotia for sixteen years of pastoral ministry at two churches. Scott and Susie also welcomed four precious gifts into the world: Katie, Bobby, Courtney and Melissa.

Scott accepted a call to pastor the First Baptist Church of Newton in 2005, serving there until 2016. Scott began his ministry at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo in July of 2017 and is excited to see what God is going to do in this part of the harvest field. Scott enjoys the outdoors, baseball, reading, woodworking, puzzles and people. Along with the Bible, Scott thinks every believer needs to read Pilgrim’s Progress.

Previous PFDs from Pastor Scott Boger:

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Pastor of Westside Community Church in Syracuse, NY

On air every third Tuesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Pastor Scott Hallman has led the Westside Community Chapel (WCC) congregation since 2013. The chapel is located at 6198 Airport Road in Syracuse, and meets Sundays at 11 a.m. with prayer meetings Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Pastor Hallman lived in the world for 39 years before the Lord reached him and blessed him with saving faith. At that time, his career was changed forever for the better from a self-centered one designed to serve its owner only to one in which God is glorified every day. While the material things virtually all disappeared, the replacement of them with spiritual things is so much better. A few years after his enlightenment, God brought Kim into Scott’s life, and together they have five children spread all over the country.

WCC is a non-denominational evangelical church that continues to grow and prosper in the Lord. Preaching is 100-percent Bible-based, holding to the only truth we have, that which is found in God’s amazing book.

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Pastor of Trinity Fellowship in Syracuse, NY

On air every fourth Tuesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Stefan has been blessed to be the husband of Sarah for more than twenty-five years; the Lord has entrusted them with four children (who are beginning to fly the coop). Stefan has been one of the pastors of Trinity Fellowship since 2001. His philosophy of pastoral ministry emphasizes, among other things, the authority and relevance of Scripture, and the importance of pastoral love and prayer for the congregation. Stefan is a graduate of Bucknell University and Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA (M.Div.; Th.M.).

In addition to his local pastoral ministry, Stefan writes theology for the broader church, especially for other pastors and theologians. He has published articles on 2 Samuel 4Ezra 3, and Ezra 4-6 in the peer-reviewed journal Vetus Testamentum. Stefan is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Homiletics Society.

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Pastor of First Baptist Church in Skaneateles, NY

On air every second Monday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Bio coming soon.

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Lead Pastor @ International Assembly in Jamesville, NY

On air every fourth Friday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

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Pastor of Tyre Reformed Church in Waterloo, NY

On air every third Thursday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

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Pastor of New Beginnings Christian Center in Syracuse, NY

On air every first Tuesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Todd Chauncey Redden was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. His father and grandfather were the first father and son dual, to play for The Harlem Globe Trotters. Todd attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and received a B.A. Degree, in Marketing, Communications and minoring in Biology. While attending BGSU, he met the love of his life and future wife Yolanda, who also graduated, with a B.A. Degree in Business Administration. Todd and Yolanda are the proud parents of 3 children, Todd, Joshua, and Monica. In 1993, Todd and Yolanda founded New Beginnings Christian Center.

In 1996, located at 7247 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY, the church building purchased. New Beginnings Christian Center is a non-denominational Church under the covering of Bishop Joseph Garlington founder of Covenant Church of Pittsburg. NBCC is a multiracial, cross-cultural community that is known for its warm family atmosphere, the strong presence of Christ and solid bible-based teaching. Known for his humor and deep insight, Todd preaching and teaching ministry, reflects the heart of a true shepherd. Known as a climate changer, Todd has the unique ability with his kind, joyful and relatable demeanor to positively affect the most difficult of environments. His heart, is for people to secure their own personal new beginnings experience, through relationship in Jesus Christ.

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Pastor of West Groton Bible Church in Groton, NY

On air every first Wednesday (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Travis was born in Syracuse, NY and became a Christian at the age of 26. He studied at Liberty University School of Divinity and graduated with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries. Travis is a certified biblical counselor with the Institute for Nouthetic Studies and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

Prior to coming to West Groton Bible Church, Travis has served at North Syracuse Baptist Church and Living Word Baptist Church where he has taught Bible studies, Sunday School, and has provided leadership on a number of different teams including the young adult ministry. Travis has a passion to preach the Word of God through expository sermons, evangelize the lost, and to see people come to faith in Christ. Travis also has a passion to see Christians become more and more like Christ through biblical counseling.

Travis has served as Pastor of West Groton Bible Church since March of 2016. He his married to his lovely bride, Katie. They enjoy spending time with each other and their two children, Levi who was born in January 2018 and Sophia who was born in November of 2019. They also enjoy spending time outside as a family as one of their children loves to explore nature.  Katie has a love for children and it is her passion to serve the Lord by teaching children the Word of God and serving as the children’s director at WGBC.

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Pastor of Buckley Road Baptist Church in Liverpool, NY

On air every first Wednesday (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Bio coming soon.

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Pastor of Pineview Community Church in Albany, NY

On air every fifth Monday

Pastor Bill and his wife, Kathryn answered God’s call to Pineview Community Church and began serving at PCC in July of 2015. Over his 25 years of ministry with the C&MA, Pastor Bill has served as an Assistant Pastor on Long Island, a solo Pastor in PA, an Interim Pastor in MA, and an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. He has an AAS in Forestry from SUNY ESF, a BS in Pastoral Ministries from Nyack College, an MA in Biblical Languages and an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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