Pastors and Elders
Sr. Pastor Dave and Mary Allen
Pastor Dave and Mary have been with Believers' Chapel of Canastota since 2000. He was installed as an Elder in 2005 and ordained as a Pastor in 2009. Dave studied under Berean Bible School while at the Assemblies of God. Married since 1979, he and Mary have two grown accomplished children and two beautiful grandsons. They both have a passion to see believers become disciples and exercise their God given gifts. Mary is a prayer warrior who has been a faithful ground breaker in our weekly women's jail ministry and has served as a Sunday School teacher here at the Chapel for years. Pastor Dave and Mary are preachers who preach toward revival in a prophetic manner and they have a lot of fun doing it.
Associate Pastor Jacob and Jamie Rashford
Pastor Jake and Jamie have been married since 2004 and they have four children; Jaden, Jillianna, Joniah and Johnathan. Jake has led our Fusion Youth Ministry with Jamie since 2012. Currently he works in the insurance industry but has a true calling for pastoral ministry. Jake is currently working on a degree through Portland Bible College - Online. We set Jake in as a pastor in June of 2019.
Jake was radically saved in August 1996 and has served in youth ministry since 2003. He has also served in worship playing drums since 1996 at a couple other churches he served in. He is willing to go the extra mile to help others and help them to know Jesus.
Jake holds a NYS Insurance Brokers License, CISR Elite designation and also is a certified NYS Defensive Driving Instructor.
As the leaders of the Fusion Youth Ministry there desire is to work with the local youth that others reject; the ones that others won't connect with and introduce them to a savior in Jesus that will radically change their lives...forever.
Elder Brian & Pam Link
Brian and Pam Link Have been at Believers' Chapel of Canastota since 1999. Brian was first placed as a Deacon in 2009 then ordained as an Elder in 2014. He worked as Facility Manager from 2000 till 2018 although still very involved with management of the Church Facility.
Brian leads the Men’s Ministry and is a key leader in Thursday night ACTION Night. He is a member of the Prophetic Team and an active participant in the intercessory prayer. He actively disciples several men and leads the Men Breakfasts on Saturday morning. He has lead several Life Groups, Bible Studies and has taught several midweek classes Pam has been involved with Sunday School from the beginning. She helped start and was an active part of the food Pantry in the early years of that ministry. She has been leading the Sunday school team since 2018. She also leads the Prayer ministry since 2015 and is a Co-leader of the Women’s Ministry. She is a
member of the Prophetic Team, the Worship team and a key member of the Women’s Jail ministry.
Brian is a Honorably discharged US Navy Veteran. He has worked in the environmental protection field since 1983. Pam works as a Home heath Aid and runs an after school program in a local elementary school.
Brian and Pam were married in 1997 and have 2 daughters. Their home is in Vernon NY.
Brian and Pam both believe that Christianity is not a part time activity but a full time way of life.
Elder Dave & Heidi Lupi
Elder Dave Lupi and his wife Heidi have been with Believers' Chapel of Canastota since its beginning. They both serve on the worship ministry team. Dave plays guitar, sax, keyboard and leads worship. Heidi is the Worship Director, leads worship and plays keyboard. Both Dave and Heidi have grown up in church
and throughout their many years in ministry at the Chapel, they have had numerous Life Groups in their home. Dave had been a deacon prior to being appointed as an elder in 2014. He has worked for Syracuse University for the past 20 years in HVAC and worked for Carrier Corp prior to that in research and development. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Heidi has worked in human resources most of her career and is VP/ CHRO at Pinnacle Employee Services. She enjoys working out and hiking.
They have been married since 1984, have two grown children, and are "Nonnie and Yaya" to five awesome grandchildren.
Dave and Heidi love to encourage, comfort and pray for the broken hearted.