As lead pastor of Faith Assembly of God, I have a passion to teach and preach the Word of God and to see the congregation experience the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is foundational for the life and ministries of Faith Assembly of God, for it is not by might, nor by power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that we operate.
We believe God has called us to be a multi-ethnic congregation, with people from the nations of world gathered together to worship God. The two greatest commandments – loving God and one another – unite us together! These commandments govern life in our community of Faith. We are walking in the midst of a miracle, as God has supernaturally opened doors and provided finances to relocate Faith Assembly to a new campus on Route 9, Poughkeepsie, New York.
God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, Joyce, who works together with me in ministry, and two adult children. I am so very proud of our son, Ryan, together with our daughter-in-law, Jodi, and our daughter, Melissa.
Campus Pastor for Faith Christian Academy
Pastor David joined the Faith Assembly team as a staff pastor in September 2013. His responsibilities include serving as the Campus Pastor of Faith Christian Academy, where he oversees the spiritual life of the school, ministering to teachers, parents and the FCA student body. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Studies from North Cental University, and will earn his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College in September 2014. Pastor David has been a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God since 1996. He and his wife Tamra served as A/G nationally appointed US Missionaries planting churches for nearly 20 years in the Illinois, Minnesota and New York Districts. Pastor David, his wife Tamra, and son Isaiah moved from New York City to Poughkeepsie and are enjoying new friendships with the Faith Assembly family.
Louis Cancel III
Pastor of Communications & Media
Pastor Lou oversees the expanding media needs of Faith Assembly. A retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, Pastor Lou has 25 years of experience in the aviation and broadcast television fields. Aside from his responsibilities in media, he also administers the church computer network and coordinates the construction mission trips for Faith Assembly. Pastor Lou and his wife, Marie, have two grown children, Alycia and Emilio.
Pastor of Worship Arts
Pastor Kreg oversees the worship, music, and drama ministries of Faith Assembly. He leads worship and coordinates our worship musicians, directs our Sanctuary Choir and Men’s Chorus, and directs and conducts our Easter and Christmas dramatic presentations. Pastor Kreg holds his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music with majors in Voice Performance and Music Education, and his Master of Music from Syracuse University in Voice Performance. Pastor Kreg and his wife, Barbara, have been blessed with two grown children, Emily and Christopher, their spouses, and two grand-children.
Pastor of Children's Ministries
Pastor Ray and his wife Priscilla serve as the Children's Pastors for our Faith Assembly kids up to the 5th Grade. They bring with them over 30 years of experience working in Children's Ministries. They traveled for almost 10 years as full-time Children’s Evangelists conducting specialized meetings for kids and families in over 35 states and internationally in 7 foreign countries. Still in demand as speakers, they have served almost 20 different Assembly of God Districts as Kid’s Camp and Conference speakers and workshop facilitators across the country. Pastor Ray is a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. They have two grown sons, Vance and Ryan, a daughter-in-law and two grand daughters.
Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
Pastor John is originally from Montreal, Canada and is a graduate of the class of 1994 from Zion Bible Institute An ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, John has a deep passion for discipling and mentoring people in their relationship with Christ. He has been in full-time ministry for over eighteen years and brings with him a well-rounded scope of ministry experience from serving as children's and youth pastor, serving on the New York District presbytery, and recently serving as lead pastor for the past eleven years in Hudson, NY. Coming to us in the fall of 2010, he and his wife, Joanna have four children, Sarah, Natalie, Johnny, Nathan.
Pastor of Congregational Care
Pastor Linda Schreck is the Administrative and Congregational Care Pastor at Faith Assembly. She is also the PreK-2nd Grade Chaplain at Faith Christian Academy. Pastor Linda has led children's outreaches from A-Z: Argentina to Zambia! Pastor Linda and her husband, John, have attended Faith Assembly since 1991. They have 4 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and two grandchildren... so far!
Cathleen Zahradnick Pastor of Small Groups
Pastor Cathleen joined the Faith Assembly staff in August of 2013 as the Small Groups Pastor at Faith Assembly. She oversees Faith’s small group Bible studies and has a passion to see people grow in deeper relationship with God and each other as they study His Word.
Pastor Cathleen is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and received her ministry preparation through the New York District School of Ministry. She has served in many areas of ministry from nursery to youth to women’s ministry to worship arts with experiences including: contributing writer for Charismalife Sunday school curriculum, worship leader for a church plant and joyfully working alongside her husband in children’s church. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Dramatic Arts and Vocal Performance. Pastor Cathleen and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and are hoping to enjoy grandchildren someday!
Pastor of ONE Student Ministries Middle School
Pastor Nalam (Bobby) is originally from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a graduate of Central Mission Bible College, class of 1987. There, he was heavily involved in Evangelistic Street and Tent Ministry, throughout the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Pastor Nalam (Bobby) and his family started attending Faith Assembly of God in 1993, and found a home here; which then led him to volunteer his time with the Royal Rangers Ministry. Now, a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God, Pastor Nalam (Bobby) has a profound call in his heart for training young men and women in their relationship with Christ. He is currently working on obtaining his ordained minister license. Pastor Nalam (Bobby) and his wife, Maltee, have two grown children, Anastasia and Brandon.