PASTOR ROB WILLIS – Senior Pastor
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Pastor Rob & Krista are both natives of the Northeast. Rob grew up in Connecticut, where he was called into full-time ministry as a child. Krista is from upstate New York, where she was raised in a Christian home.
Rob and Krista are both college graduates, Rob from Baptist Bible College (http://www NULL.gobbc NULL.edu) in Springfield, MO in 1997 (B.A. in Pastoral Studies) in 1997, and Krista from Boston Baptist College (http://www NULL.boston NULL.edu) in 1991. Before moving to Rochester, Rob served as associate pastor at Bellview Baptist Church in Springfield, MO, leading along with Krista in several different ministries including worship and young married adults. In October 2003, the Willis family moved to Rochester, where Rob continues to serve as the Senior Pastor of The Journey. Krista currently serves as the Director of Ministry Environments and Big Events Coordinator.
Rob and Krista have two kids, Seth and Kayla, who are active at The Journey and pursuing God in their lives.
Along with serving as the senior pastor of The Journey, Rob also ministers in other realms. For several years, he served as the state and national representative for the Baptist Bible Fellowship; served as a trustee on the Board of Trustees at Boston Baptist College from 2009-2012; and he also mentors and supports new pastors and new church plants all over the Northeast.
PASTOR ROD KESSELRING – Executive Pastor
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Rod Kesselring is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. After feeling called to full time ministry, he attended Baptist Bible College (http://www NULL.gobbc NULL.edu) in Springfield, MO and received a Bachelors in Pastoral Studies and minors in both music and missions in 1994. He then received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1997.
Rod’s wife, Elizabeth, grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas. They were married in August 1991 and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1992 in Missions with a Business minor. Together, they have served in multiple ministries, in Springfield, MO and Pueblo, CO.
In April of 2004, they, along with their twins Joseph and Abigail and a yellow Lab named Calvin, came to Rochester to work with Rob and Krista at The Journey and share their vision for this community. Rod serves as the Executive Pastor overseeing small groups, communications, and internal ministries. Elizabeth serves as the Church Secretary/Treasurer. Both Rod and Elizabeth also aide and assist new church plants all over New England in the areas of technology and finance.
PASTOR MIKE GALLO – Student Ministries Pastor/Senior High Youth Leader
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Mike and his wife Jenna joined the pastoral staff team in May 2010. Mike is a native New Yorker (from Long Island), and Jenna and her family are from New Hampshire. Both of them come from the ministry environment of Granite United in Salem, NH and were educated at Boston Baptist College (http://www NULL.boston NULL.edu), where Mike received his degree in 2010.
Mike just recently assumed the title of Student Ministries Pastor, lending oversight to all ministries for kids and students, while specifically leading the Journey Youth Group’s Senior High Ministry. Mike comes with experience in these areas, having served in leadership capacities in senior high, junior high, and children’s ministries. His wife, Jenna is a fantastic leader herself, and provides an excellent balance to Mike in these responsibilities.
Mike and Jenna have been married since 2009, and just recently had their first son, Kaden.
Matt Reed – Jr High Youth Leader
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Matthew Reed is one of The Journey’s deacons, and he has grown up in the area, coming from a good Christian home in Acton Me. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College (http://www NULL.enc NULL.edu) in Quincy, Mass in 2006 with a business degree. During his college years, he felt a call and passion for youth ministry.
Matthew began attending the Journey in the fall of 2006, and he is excited to see Gods plans for his life come about as he leads the Junior High Ministry. While he has served in other ministry roles at the Journey, his passion and calling has been for youth ministry. He is excited to see how God will work in this church, the area schools, and in our community.
Matthew was just recently married to his wife, Marissa (July 2011), and he and his wife make a wonderful team as they lead The Journey’s junior high group.