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Clergy Nominees

Marissa Mattox Heffernan
Assoc. Pastor of Discipleship

New Hope Church, Rochester
Dir. Genesis Justice Network

Marissa is married to her best friend, Matt, and mom to three daughters; and loves a good road trip, a good book, and a bag of yarn.

Jim LaBarr
Lead Pastor
Harvest Chapel, Fredonia
Genesis Conference MAC

Pastor, husband to Deb, dad to four daughters, and frequent over-analyzer (not in that order).

Joe Wickman
Lead Pastor
New Life Ministries, Endicott
I love getting to pastor the church I grew up in alongside my wife, Kelcy, as we raise our 4 girls.

Joel Shue
Lead Pastor
New Life One, Oneonta
I’m a husband to my bride of 10 years, Andra, and a father to William (3 years old) and Anna (5 years old). Outside of church I’m involved in the local music scene, jamming, writing and recording music, and networking local musicians.

Dodi McIntyre
Lead Pastor, Field Superintendent
Joy Fellowship, Jamestown

Adam Stein
Lead Pastor, Field Superintendent
Creekside Chapel, Allegany

Henry Ausby
Lead Pastor, Field Superintendent
Hands of Hope Ministries, Binghamton

Lay Nominees

Carissa Vincent
Franklinville FMC
I have been married for 26 years, and I have 2 adult children, one daughter in love and a grand dog named Reggie. I have worked at Community Bank for 21 years, and I am a Retail Services Officer. 

Brian Hooker
FreeChurch.net – Rochester, NY
I serve on both the tech and finance teams. I’ve been attending/serving at FreeChurch for 12 years (since its launch) and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Rajiv Bala
Volunteer Extraordinaire
Community of the Savior – Rochester
My wife Teressa (CoS pastoral musician and office manager) and I have worshiped at CoS since 2009, and live in the city of Rochester, NY, where I work for the Eastman Kodak Company.

Jeannette Wagner
LMC – N Tonawanda Campus Pastor
One Church
I am married to my husband Jason of 21 years with four incredible kids, and though family and ministry keep me busy I’m enjoying achieving my MDiv at Northeastern, but find my peace being outside in nature.

Eric W Logan
Leadership Council, Worship Team, Genesis Conference MEG
New Hope, Rochester NY
It is a wonderful blessing to be able to bring the Good News to a needy world, addressing spiritual and physical needs in the wonderful tradition of the Free Methodist Church.