Pastor Dan and Joyce have served as the pastors of Buena Vista since 1997. They were married in November 1968, after being high school sweethearts. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. They were saved in the Elmira Wesleyan Church in 1972 and after attending Houghton College, entered the ministry in 1976. They have enjoyed watching God build His church in Buena Vista, in this beautiful rural setting.
Pastor Dan is an outdoorsman. He loves building, hunting and fishing. He built the log home Joyce and he live in from trees he planted as a boy. He spends much time on Keuka Lake on his boat (appropriately named "Visitation"), taking many others to experience the beauty of the Finger Lakes.
Pastor Dan looks forward to continued service in the Lord and to the people of Buena Vista, to the glory of God!
Favorite Bible Vese: Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you!"
Favorite Quote: On the headstone of a missionary to Sierre Leone: "I did my best- I left the rest up to the Lord!"
Pastor Josiah Roloson, Pastor of Youth and Connection Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Josiah and his wife Lauren married on December 19th, 2015. Pastor Josiah grew up in Avon, NY, a small town south of Rochester. When he felt the call to ministry at the age of 14, he decided to follow this call to Houghton College. During his freshman year he met Lauren. She was originally from Hamburg, NY and graduated from Houghton College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. Pastor Josiah graduated a semester early in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Formation with a youth concentration.
When Josiah isn’t teaching or leading the youth ministry he enjoys learning and reading; sometimes you will see a stack of ten books next to him that he is reading through. Other times, you’ll see him catching up on his favorite TV shows like Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, or anything remotely involving super heroes. Josiah also enjoys spending time outside fishing, camping, and hunting. While his height of 6’4” might fool you into thinking he must be a great basketball player, he is not coordinated at all, but he will still shoot some hoops with you.
Most of all, Josiah does everything and anything to show teens the love of Christ. Whether it’s by letting teens shove a pie in his face or by praying with them, Josiah shows God’s love the only way he knows how: by being the light of Christ to those who need it most.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to this, if God is for us who can be against us?”
Favorite Quote: Written in the back of the first bible I was ever given was “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” - D.L. Moody
Pastor Steve and his wife Cindy joined our ministry team in May 2015. Pastor Steve is our visitation and care pastor as well as being in charge of our Connect Group Ministry. Among his many talents he is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. His wife Cindy is an author, our church librarian and is involved with our National Day of Prayer Committee. They have 2 children and three grandchildren.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all you ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight."
Favorite Quote: "I learned a lot about trust on my childhood swing...Everywhere I look, private storms occur...We must remember who is pushing our swing and trust Him, we can't grow fearful, He won't let us fall out." - Max Lucado
Pastor Stanley Kent, Pastor of Worship Email: email@example.com
Pastor Stan grew up on the family dairy farm in Jasper New York. At the age of 16 while attending a revival service, Jesus called him into a personal salvation. Pastor Stan shares that as a young man he was constantly challenged by God to overcome his shyness and serve the Lord through music, prayer and public speaking. As Pastor of Worship he would like to encourage the Youth and Young Adults of the church to accept the promptings and challenges of God to serve. He looks forward to helping to raise them up into future leadership within the Worship Teams while leading our current teams into further development of the gifts and talents God has given.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Mary & Matt began attending Buena Vista Wesleyan in 2009 and live outside Bath, New York. They met at Ithaca College where they were both studying Physical Therapy and married May 19, 1989 in Chautauqua. After starting to raise their 3 kids in Warren Pennsylvania, God led them to the Bath area and their little log cabin on the hill. Mary loves singing, reading, gardening and helping her husband work on their home. Unfortunately for Matt this means she makes plans and starts a project that they have to finish together. Matt still works in the area as a physical therapist doing home and outpatient rehab and loves to work on cars. Mary feels truly blessed to work as the Church’s Secretary/Office Administrator. Her favorite part of the job is the time she gets to spend in prayer and helping others. She just loves to make people smile.
Favorite Bible Vese: 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Favorite Quote: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury pardon, where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy…” -from the Prayer of St.Francis
Church Office Phone: (607) 698-4484
Office Administrator Ext. 201 Pastor Dan Ext. 202 Pastor Josiah Ext. 203 Pastor Steve Ext. 204
Church Address: 6034 County Route 69 Canisteo, NY, 14823