The plurality of elders, who are gracious servants in leadership at WinCC, are called “Deacons” (as the word in the Bible used for “Deacon” is the root word for “servant”). These men serve Christ within the church family in a number of ways. We invite you to get to know them more below, and in person during worship services, other ministries, and personal times of connection as well.
Joe grew up with a very diverse church background, both as a child in school as well as in youth groups as a teen. He strayed from God during his early-adult years, but came to Christ after moving to West Seneca, NY. Joe is married to his wife, Gail, and came to WinCC as a result of the opportunities the church had to bless the community during disastrous flooding in the town in 2014. Since becoming members of the church, both Joe and Gail have been baptized and served in different ministries, including West Seneca’s own Community Garden outreach, youth ministries, and now as Deacon. Joe’s favorite book of the Bible is Proverbs.
Michael was raised in a large family of 11 children, and currently has 2 daughters, 1 son, and 9 grandchildren. He joined the U.S. Army for 3 years, then transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and is now retired with 26 years in service. Mike came to Christ in 1978, and has been following the Lord and serving in churches in Western New York since. A friend invited him to attend a small group Bible study at WinCC, which led him and his wife, Marleen, to become members of the church where he now serves as a Deacon. Mike loves Christian music, reading, and taking walks in the woods with his wife.
Jason (Jay) and his wife Jodi care for special needs cats in their West Seneca home. Both of them also hold D.E.C. class 1 wildlife rehabilitation licenses, and in addition to animal rehab, also work with several local organizations providing educational programs featuring live birds of prey. Jay and Jodi enjoy kayaking and photography in their free time. Previously involved in ministry with a fellow Gospel-centered church in Elma, NY, Jay currently is serving as Deacon and blessing the WinCC community with his excellence in the Audio/Visual Booth during worship services. He has a drive to express his ministry through the lens of God’s awesome creation. Jay also has a self-declared passion for useless knowledge (along with a wonderful sense of humor!).
Terry has been a member of WinCC since 2012, along with his wife Sandra and their two adult children and their grandchildren. He was a soldier in the U.S. Marines, then a rock musician, semi-professional football player, and is a retired Erie County Deputy Sheriff. Terry was introduced to Christ and the joy of Scripture by his brother-in-law, and has gladly walked with the Lord since. He is an integral member of the WinCC Worship Team, as well as a Deacon. Additionally, Terry leads a small group Bible study on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at the church. He is overjoyed to see the legacy of the Gospel in his family and at WinCC, with some of his close family members serving the church in youth ministries, as Custodians, and in other manners of blessing as God leads.
Peter is thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve as a Deacon at WinCC. He was born and raised in South Buffalo, NY. During his childhood, he was active in the church youth group where he attended and where his parents served as Youth Pastors. Peter would later end up serving in various childrens’ ministries in South Buffalo (including teaching kids through puppet skits). He has also participated in short term missions in New York City. Peter is married to his wife, Amy Beth, and together they have two daughters. He enjoys exercising, watching baseball, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Dennis grew up in Tonawanda, NY, and lost interest in the liturgical church as a youth and young adult. As he began to date his future wife, Cindy, he accepted an invitation to visit WinCC (where she attended since childhood). In the summer of 1988, while Cindy was working with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at an outreach in Buffalo, Dennis invited Jesus into his life. As he grew in his faith at WinCC, he has served on various Deacon and leadership boards, doing so since the early 1990’s. In 2011 Dennis headed the Pastoral Search Committee, and his leadership was instrumental in the arrival of Pastor Jason Drapeau as WinCC’s current Senior Pastor. His hobby is collecting and listening to old vinyl records. Dennis lives with his wife and cats in Tonawanda.
Kent was born in Boston, NY. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 18 years of age. He has been married to his wife, Karen, for almost 50 years. Kent and Karen have been attending WinCC since the early 2000’s, with Kent serving as Deacon a number of those years. He has had a long career in the trucking industry, serving on the road for 55 years. Kent now, in his retirement, works part-time as a driver a few days during the week. Kent and Karen have 2 children, along with 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. They also have a small dog that keeps them busy and loves to go for walks.