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.
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, coordinates the construction mission trips for Faith Assembly, and leads worship. Pastor Lou and his wife, Marie, have two grown children, Alycia and Emilio, and a daughter-in-law, Megan.
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 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.
Cathleen Zahradnik 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
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.
Ronald F. Conti
Pastor of Visitation
Pastor Ron Conti has been an ordained minister since 1967. He has had the privilege of pastoring churches across New York state for 44 years. His ministry has allowed him to work with youth, minister in seminars and go on 6 mission trips, including one to Israel. He is a graduate of Zion Bible Institute, class of 1967. Pastor Ron is the pastor of visitation, and is also invlolved with the discipleship and mentoring program here at Faith. He has a love for the body of Christ and is grateful for the mission and opportunity God has given him. He is married to Terry, and is encouraged by the blessing she is in his life as they work together as a team serving the Lord.