Russell LaBarr


Bio: Russell was born and raised in the Penn Yan area. He has chosen to settle here with his wife of ten years and their four children. He serves in the church as Pastor. He also makes a mean Cup of Coffee every morning! 

David Capone

Assistant Pastor

Bio: David has served as the Youth Pastor for our church from 2001 to 2017, and after a one year sabbatical, he has taken on the role of an Associate Pastor. He has a Bachelor's in Biology, a Masters in Early Childhood Education, and completed the New York District School of Ministry for his credentials with the Assemblies of God. David has had many jobs in the past including having been a high school science teacher, working at a home for developmentally disabled, working for the Census Bureau. He currently works as a Quality Control Technician in a lab at a chemical factory. He enjoys a wide variety of activites stretching from playing cards and video games, to traveling, camping, and various other outdoor activities. He is also famous for his spicy chocolate chip cookies.

Jon Switzer

Music Director

Bio: Jon's journey has literally taken him from coast to coast. Jon grew up in Penn Yan and graduated from Emmanuel Baptist Academy in 1991. After a year at Baptist Bible College, Jon took a job at a local grocery and served in his church in the sound ministry. Jon met his wife(Joann) in 1993 and they married in 1994. Jon and Joann moved to Joann's home town in Southern California in 1996. While in California Jon began to press into a vision given to him in his high school years of being a worship leader. They were also blessed with the 3 boys(Gabriel, Elijah and Noah). After 17 year in California and 15+ years in worship ministry, Jon and Joann felt God was calling them back to the Finger Lakes. Jon has been serving as the Music Director since February of 2014. He enjoys writing and playing music, hunting, boating, reading, personal development and spending time with his family and friends, But there is no place he'd rather be than in God's presence.

Mahlon Smoker


Bio: Coming Soon  

Britt Hallenbeck


Bio: Britt was born and raised in Yates county. he moved to Northern Illinois in 1979. He met and married Dolly Walsh in 1980, they both gave their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ in 1981. When he and his family moved to New York, they joined the Penn Yan Assembly of God in 1989. Britt and Dolly have three children, Lisa, Travis, and Joshua. They have seven grandchildren. Britt is glad to serve his Pastor and church as an Elder. He enjoys hunting,hobby farming, camping, antique tractors,and gardening. He has been an Operating Engineer for thirty years, and has worked for C.P. Ward of Scottsville, New York for twenty five years.

LeLand Henry


Bio: Lee was raised in the Waterloo area. He gave is heart to the Lord in 1979. Retired from Zotos International INC after 40 years as Chemical Process Tech. Married for 39 years with 5 children + 4 grandchildren. Has served in other Assembly Churches + is on staff currently as elder. He enjoys motorcycling

riding + HO Trains.

Murray Wheeler

Youth Pastor

Bio: Murray is a father of two young boys, Heath and Anthony. He grew up on the East Coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland. He studied at Master's College and Seminary in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada for four years majoring in youth ministry. He has participated in many types of ministries over the years, not just as an adult but also while he was a youth in youth group. While in college and since college he has been a part of leadership teams for ministries such as drop in youth centers, regular church youth groups and camp ministries as well as a home for troubled teens ministry. He has been the head of programs involving horses for youth ministries both in Canada and here in the United States. He volunteered at a drop in youth center, called The Bridge, a Youth for Christ ministry in Peterborough, Ontario. He has also been a leader of several youth ministries at local churches in Canada before moving here to the United States approximately three years ago.


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3646 NY-14A,

Penn Yan, NY 14527

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