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Staff

Senior Pastor

Pastor Deano Pulice

PastorDeano@parkridgefmc.org

"...my passion in ministry is to preach the Word, win the lost, train the believers, and help one another become fully devoted followers of Christ."

My name is Deano Pulice and I was born February 11, 1957. I grew up in a small town in southwest Pennsylvania called Fairchance and was the youngest of 6 children. Even though my parents were not churchgoers, a neighbor invited me when I was seven years old to attend the Free Methodist Sunday School with his son and took me almost every Sunday during my childhood.

It was in 1978, while attending a summer camp, the evangelist spoke of God’s love and how God loved me just the way I was and stretched out His arms to show me the full extent of His love. That evening I gave my life to Christ and have been a believer ever since.

On August 15, 1981 I married my wife Darlene. She grew up in Uniontown, Pa and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Since that time God has blessed us with 4 beautiful children: Deanna (married to Chris Abram), Christopher, Janelle, and Bethany.

I graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1986 with a major in Music and a minor in Biblical Studies. During that time, I received a call to become a minister of Jesus Christ. Over the years I have served in a variety of ways: a youth pastor for two years and an associate pastor for five years at the Brockport Free Methodist Church, a church planter in Bridgeport, WV for three years, a senior pastor in Monaca, PA for eleven years, and an interim pastor in New Castle, PA for two and a half years. In June of 1991, I was ordained as an elder in the Free Methodist Church.

The Lord has blessed me with a love to sing and play the piano, but my passion in ministry is to preach the Word, win the lost, train the believers, and help one another become fully devoted followers of Christ.

 

Children's Ministries Director

Mary "Michelle" Trost

MichelleT@parkridgefmc.org

Michelle and her husband, Matthew, enjoy raising their three boys, biking on the canal and spending time with friends in Brockport, NY. Isaac (8), Connor (6) and David (2) keep their parents busy, teaching them the importance of cars, rocks, dirt and sand. Matt and Michelle are both graduates of Roberts Wesleyan College and SUNY Brockport. Michelle worked as a music teacher in the Rochester City School District from 1997-2008. During that time she taught each grade from K-12 at some point. Now she loves homeschooling her boys, and teaching the kids at Park Ridge and Lighthouse Christian Camp with Matt. 

She brings years of experience in working with children as well as a passion and desire to reach them for Jesus and teach them how to become a child of the King. She also has a desire to teach, resource, and encourage those who have been a vital part of our church's ongoing ministries to children as well as identify prospective workers. When Michelle was asked to share a small bit of her heart, here is what she said:

"I believe we as adults will learn much more about joy and sorrow, patience and compassion from children than they will learn from the 'lessons' we teach them. What will stick with them is the lives we model and the relationships we build with them while we are teaching. I look forward to building relationships with the children and people of Park Ridge Free Methodist Church and together sharing the joy of Jesus with those children who have yet to hear."

 

Associate Pastor

Chris O'Brien

Chris and Janelle grew up near Chautauqua Lake. Chris went to college at Roberts Wesleyan for Religion and Philosophy, and Janelle went to college at Houghton for Business. They have been married for 11 years this June and have two boys – Alijah and Karston. Chris and Janelle moved to California in 2008 for Chris to attend Fuller Theological Seminary. He will finish his PhD in Systematic Theology in June 2017. Chris has been serving as an appointed pastor at Foothill Community FM Church in Azusa, CA, since 2013. Janelle has worked at Velocity Aerospace as an accountant during their time in CA. Alijah is almost 9 and he is currently finishing 3rd grade. He enjoys building with Legos and playing outside with his trucks. He has a passion for figuring out how things work. Karston is 5 and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. He likes superheroes and also enjoys building with Legos.

Pastor Chris’s responsibilities will include teaching Bible and Theology, develop and implement a systematic discipleship plan, ministry and outreach to young families, and other pastoral duties as needed. Pastor Chris will also be playing guitar in worship.

 

Associate Pastor

Randy Freeman

Randy and Sharon have served as co-pastors in Rosinton AL, Clearfield and DuBois PA. Since moving to NY in 2006, they have been very active in ministry. Sharon has served as children and family pastor at Crosspoint FMC (2008-2011), has completed a Human Services degree, and has volunteered at the Red Cross. Randy has served as Director of Administration for the Genesis and Keystone Conferences and the WAVE since 2006. He has volunteered at Crosspoint FMC on the worship team, technology team, finance team, and pastoral care giving. Both love the Lord and are thankful for this new opportunity to minister and serve. They have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren (who they think are the best grandchildren ever).

Pastor Randy’s main responsibilities will include leading our Worship Ministries, develop an effective Small group ministry, start and lead a vibrant men’s ministry, and assist in other pastoral ministries. Both he and Sharon bring a wealth of resources and experience in all aspects of ministry.