Pastors Justin & Jessica Collins
Justin and Jessica have been married for 13 years and have two beautiful children, Judah and Eleanor. They are recent transplants to the area, Justin having been born and raised in Rochester, NY and Jessica in Toronto, Canada. Justin grew up in a devout Christian home and had his first power encounter with God at fifteen through John Bevere at Bethel Christian Fellowship. His life has never been the same since. Jessica is a first generation Christian who encountered God’s presence at the age of ten. At eighteen, she attended the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship’s School of Ministry during the “Toronto Blessing”. Those years, combined with her love for Bible study and prayer, transformed her radically. Justin and Jessica both went on to pursue God’s call into full time ministry at Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY where they met and fell in love.
After their marriage, they began ministering together as children’s pastors at Justin’s home church, Bethel in Rochester, NY. Over the following decade, the Collins helped plant a church with Bethel in Henrietta, NY. In this way they were able to serve as leaders in many forms of ministry including youth, worship, men’s and women’s, as well as prison ministry with boys and men. During this time Justin also managed a thriving Christian owned cleaning and restoration company, Allpro Cleaning and Restoration. When you consider the birth of their children and eventual homeschooling years, this season was markedly full.
Justin and Jessica love the outdoors and travel. Whether it be a walk through the woods or a cross country drive (their family has done it twice now!) they love enjoying God through the wonders of His creation. Their most recent adventure with God led them to move to Redding, California in 2010 to attend the Bethel Church School of Supernatural Ministry. During this time they also became trained in marriage ministry through Love After Marriage International. God opened up the door for them to co-edit the Love After Marriage book by Barry and Lori Byrne. Jessica went on to work as a personal assistant to the Byrnes. Her duties included acting as their workshop liaison, writing of materials, and support personnel to the international LAM Leaders.
Above all else, their greatest desire is to see individuals and society eternally impacted through the power of the Presence of God, to see God’s Word bring life where death and darkness have reigned, and to see the church unified as one body with beautiful diversity. Together, Justin and Jessica are living out their lifelong dream and pursuit as they pastor the amazing family known as Vanguard.
Pastor Katie & Elder John Puscheck
John & Katie have been attending Vanguard over 30 years (since they were tiny little nuggets). They have been married for 23 years and are parents to three amazing young men.
At Vanguard John is our pre-teen pastor, and his desire and excitement for the youth is palpable. He has a heart for people… A true pastor’s heart. It is his desire to see the church body plugged in and functioning in their gifts and anointing. He has a degree from Christ For the Nation in Practical Theology, as well as a BA in Computer Science. He enjoys baseball with his kids and loves the outdoors on his old tractor. A man who is not afraid to get his hands dirty.
Katie is our anointed worship leader. Her heart is to pursue the presence of God personally and corporately, opening the doors of heaven here on earth. She studied various musical instruments since early childhood and added to her musical ability through vocal performance training at Oral Roberts University, as well as “pop” vocal training in California and Georgia. She enjoys watching baseball games (especially her boys), homeschooling, Duck Dynasty and loves writing songs.
Elders Rob & Hadassa Bachellor
Rob and Hadassa met when he was on a missions trip to India and have been happily married for twenty five years. They reside in North Tonawanda and are the proud parents of two amazing children, Courtney and Shane, and one spoiled westie – Jack.
Hadassa was born and raised in India in a strong charismatic Christian family, lending to her deep rooted faith, desire to see God move, and her powerful love of family. She graduated college with a degree in Science Education. After arriving in the United States, she earned two Master’s degrees in Education from the University at Buffalo. She currently teaches science and serves as the district STEM coach for a local public school district. Hadassa has filled several roles at Vanguard Christian Church including nursery volunteer, teacher in KIDS Church, director of VBS, and is currently serving as the Head of the Ladies’ Ministry. Besides being a proud mother of two and a wife, she enjoys gardening and traveling.
Rob is originally from Ohio (but good luck labeling his unique accent) and has a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an MBA, from the University at Buffalo. He is an engineer at a local engineering firm. Through the years Rob has served Vanguard as Board Secretary and Elder, Technical Director, Worship Leader and musician, nursery volunteer and Sunday School teacher. In his spare time Rob enjoys sailing and snow skiing with the family. His humor will leave you laughing and scratching your head:)
Rob and Hadassa have been members of Vanguard for more than twenty years and have hosted several home groups and taught membership classes. As Elders, Rob and Hadassa’s desire for Vanguard is to see people come to know Christ as Savior and make Him known through their personal relationship with Him.
Elders Dick & Marian Stilwell
Dick and Marian have been members of Vanguard for over 30 years, and have been married for 64 years. When you ask Marian how their marriage has lasted so long, she says: “marry a man with the spirit of Mercy!”
Dick was a salvage diver in the Navy, and after retiring from Continental Can was the maintenance man at Vanguard. He also worked for SonRays Ministries for 10 years. When Dick has free time, he enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and hanging out with his family, as well as serving as an Elder here at Vanguard. However, his favorite pass time is spending time with God!
Marian is currently on staff at Vanguard and loves to coordinate! She headed up the children’s ministry and coordinated the SonRays banquets for over 20 years. She loves spending time with her children and grand children. Her favorite person in the Bible is Nehemiah. She says: “I would have been there helping him build that wall!”
Dick and Marian have ministered on many missions trips including, Africa, Haiti, and many trips to “New Beginnings Training Center” in Jamaica! There is nothing that can hold this couple down, and they look forward to what God has planned for them!
Elder Zach & Sarah Wisnieski
Zack and Sarah are an amazing blessing to Vanguard. They have been married for 8 years and have a 4 year old boy (Isaac) and 1 year old triplets (Jacob, Eliana, and Elijah)… Yes, triplets! They have lived in North Tonawanda for the past 7 years.
Zack was born and raised in Niagara Falls New York. He grew up with a love of sports, playing baseball, golf, and tennis, but Ice Hockey was the hands down favorite. Church and the reality of a living God were a truth Zack was surrounded with from his earliest memories. That reality drew him to Elim Bible Institute for 2 intensive years of Bible and ministry education that were peppered with God encounters. After Elim, Zack earned a Bachelors degree in Secondary Science Education from Buffalo State College. After being a professional painter for 10 years, God brought Zack the opportunity to purchase an established painting business that he has been operating for the past 3 years.
One of his greatest obsessions is Revival. A desire to see society dramatically changed by the manifest power of God. He is fascinated with old and new revival, and to see region wide transformation Here in Niagara County. A true man of faith and fire!
Sarah was born and raised on nearby Grand Island. She enjoys exercising, singing and dancing to music. At the center of her life are her 4 miracle children and the joy and “excitement” they bring her and Zack. She loves worship music, hymns and pop music (especially Justin Timberlake… Ahhh!), and she loves to laugh, dream, and dream big! Her smile lights up the room and is contagious to say the least.
She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from University at Buffalo, and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UB. Currently she holds a position as an Addiction Therapist at the VA Hospital in Buffalo, New York where she is amazing at building life changing relationship. She has a listening ear and a great desire to help people, and speak hope, life and God’s love into their lives. A true asset and inspiration to our Vanguard family.