Dr. Mike Webster is the founder and CEO of Spirit and Word Ministries and LifeCoach Communications, Inc. Past experience includes serving as the Lead Pastor of Believers’ Chapel in Cicero, NY and as the Founder and Director of Believers’ School of Ministry in Cicero, NY. Mike is also President Emeritus of Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY. He has taught and ministered at conferences, workshops, Bible schools, and seminars throughout the US, across Canada and in several other nations. Mike holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Mike and Donna, his wife of 47 years, are currently enjoying the adventure of grand parenting.



Dr. Fred Farrokh is an Iranian-American of Muslim family background. Born in the United States, Fred met Jesus Christ as Savior in 1983 while reading through the Bible. Fred is an Ordained Missionary with Elim Fellowship. He currently serves as an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. He graduated with a PhD in Inter-cultural Studies from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2014. He has also ministered in Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Morocco, South Africa and the Philippines.



Jim Synakowski serves as the Utica Campus Pastor of Redeemer Church. He is a graduate of Regent University with Master’s degrees in Education and Practical Theology. Before pastoring at Redeemer, Jim taught 10 years at the Loudonville Christian school near Albany, NY. Jim and his wife Lindsay have been married for ten years and have two wonderfully, energetic children. Their family’s passion is to live out, by God’s grace, 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”



Pastor Vin Upham has served as lead pastor in five churches and as support staff in two others, all located in the Northeast.  He is passionate about shaping fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.  This passion for ministry has been fueled by the conviction that the Scriptures are God’s life-transforming Word.  His greatest joy in ministry occurs when God’s Spirit applies the Truth of God’s Word to individual lives.  He considers it a great privilege to teach and preach the Word of God and to equip a new generation to wisely wield the Sword of the Spirit.

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