Leadership Team

The Mission Church

PASTOR GREGG JOHNSON

LEAD PASTOR

Gregg Johnson is Lead Pastor of The Mission Church where he has served for over twenty-five years. Known for its emphasis on foreign missions, community outreach, leadership development and discipleship programs, The Mission Church is a vibrant, growing church making an impact for Jesus Christ both locally and internationally.
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Ordained with the Assemblies of God, Pastor Gregg also serves as Executive Presbyter for the Eastern Region of the Assemblies of God New York Ministry Network. In that capacity, he acts as leadership coach and consultant to the various pastors and leadership teams in the Eastern Region of New York State.

Pastor Gregg is also founder and keynote speaker of Global Leadership Training providing ministry coaching, study materials and leadership training conferences to church, civic and corporate leaders throughout East and West Africa, India, Cuba, Canada and the United States. These conferences have been endorsed and attended by respected leaders such as the President and Vice President of Ghana, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana and the Mayor of Kigali, Rwanda, Governor of Kampala, Uganda as well as Assemblies of God General Superintendents of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda and other denominational leaders.

Pastor Gregg has authored seven books on leadership and personal development including, Upward: Taking Your Life to the Next Level, How the Mighty Have Fallen, The Trust of Leadership, The Character of Leadership, Raising the Standard of Leadership, Ethics for Church Leaders, and Crisis, Conflict and Change. He is founder and publisher of Leadership Teaching Magazine and regularly publishes an online blog that addresses important topics on leadership, ministry and personal growth targeting leaders in developing countries around the world. He and his wife Laura live in New York and raised five children.

PASTOR KEITH DEMENT

Associate Pastor
A graduate from Southeastern University with Bachelor Degrees in Church Ministries & Finance and a Master’s Degree in Ministerial Leadership. He is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God and serves as the Associate Pastor at The Mission Church. Pastor Keith and his wife Meleah have one daughter who is fun, loving, and brings great joy to their lives. As a family they enjoy each stage of life and love to go on adventures.

PASTOR RAFAEL LEBRON

Student Pastor
Pastor Rafael, a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God, served in the United States military for a total of 22 years with a combined service between the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. As a civilian, his career spanned for 31 years working for a privately owned manufacturing company. He has served as the Pastor of Student Ministries since 2012. Pastor Rafael and his wife Lillian are passionate about helping develop young people with a love for serving Jesus Christ and others. They have three children; Lilly, Natalie, and Cristian.

PASTOR CRISTIAN LEBRON

Worship Pastor

Cristian started leading worship in the youth ministry at the Mission Church at the age of 13 and feeling a call to pursue worship, he enrolled in a school that flourished in this area of ministry: Hillsong International Leadership College. Cristian graduated with a three-year degree program with an Advanced Diploma of Ministry from Hillsong International Leadership College, located in Australia. During his studies, Cristian served as an intern of Hillsong Church enabling him to be heavily involved not only with the worship ministry there, but with the church as a whole. Cristian accepted the position of Worship Director at the Mission Church mid-year 2013 and became a Licensed Pastor with the Assemblies of God in February of 2015. Cristian is happily married to Sandy-Catherine and they live in Beacon, NY.

PASTOR LINDA SCHRECK

Family Life Pastor

Pastor Linda, an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, has served in various pastoral roles before coming to The Mission Church and is thrilled to be a part of our team.  She has been on missions trips to Argentina, India, and Zambia, and is an occasional guest speaker at churches and events.  Pastor Linda and her husband, John have 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren…so far!

PASTOR KATHY DANA

Assistant Pastor

Pastor Kathy serves as Assistant Pastor leading the Deacon and Benevolence Ministry, as well as secretary for the Missions Committee, and Connect Groups. She has coordinated and served on many foreign and domestic missions with The Mission Church and Joni & Friends Disability Missions.

Pastor Kathy is retired from a thirty-three year career as a Respiratory Therapist, and Director of Cadio-Pulmonary Services at Putnam Hospital Center, and is a former Vice President and President of the Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association. She is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God and has two adult children, Joseph and Sarah, and two grandsons, Thomas and Maxwell.

ELDER TOM READYOFF

Elder

Tom Readyoff has served on The Mission Church Board of Trustees (1992-1998), the Board of Deacons (2000-2006), and presently serves as an Elder (2006-present). He and his wife Nancy have been married for over 50 years. Together they minister to marriages in crises, facilitate a pre-marital program for engaged couples, and have taught classes on marriage enrichment. Tom is a retired high school teacher and high school principal of 21 years. He has acted as president of a two-county Principal’s Association, and served on the Putnam Chapter of Habitat for Humanity for many years. He is a founding member of the local annual Putnam County Leadership Prayer Breakfast, which has fostered prayer in the lives of over 250 local political and business leaders for the past 21 years. Tom and Nancy have three children and six grandchildren, and live in Mahopac, New York.​

PASTOR FREDDY BRANDENBERGER

Soul Care Pastor
Pastor Freddy Brandenberger is an Ordained Minister of Elim Fellowship, an alumni of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services, a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and an adjunct professor at Nyack College in its Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and Master’s Social Work Program. He currently facilitates Soul Care, a Christ centered support group, and provides individual, couples & family counseling at The Mission Church.  Pastor Freddy has been married to Olga since February 1986, and they are blessed with two wonderful adult children and a cool little black and white dog named Snoopy. Pastor Freddy enjoys worshiping the Lord with his guitar and jamming with friends.

PASTOR PAUL DITORO

Prison Ministry Pastor

Pastor Paul Di Toro is the Pastor of Prison Ministry. With a radical personal testimony of God’s life transforming power, Pastor Paul is effectively reaching men and women who are incarcerated in local prisons. He is ordained with the Assemblies of God, and currently works a full time job as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, as well as a Certified Substance Abuse Recovery Coach. Pastor Paul is married to Deborah Lee, and they have one son, Ethan Thomas Di Toro.

MICHELE MASSI

Director, The Mission Church Academy & Preschool

Michele Massi has served as the Director of The Mission Church Academy & Preschool since its inception in 2005. Under her direction our school has become the premier standard of preschool education in the Hudson Valley. Michele received her professional training in Elementary Education, Psychology and Speech & Language Progression at Iona College, Mercy College and Cortland State University. She is highly respected by the parents who have entrusted their children to her care and deeply loved by the students she serves. Michele and her teaching staff set a standard of excellence in the preschool education community. She is married to Guy and has four children. They make their home in Carmel, New York.​

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AUDREY BOGERT

Administrative Assistant

Audrey and her husband, Wayne, have been members since 1994 and have 3 adult children. She started volunteering in the church office over 12 years ago which eventually led her to a full-time position as an administrative assistant. She has served in many ministries over the past 23 years and will generally help out whenever and wherever there is a need.

SANDY-CATHERINE LEBRON

Director of Discipleship
A North Point Bible College graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible Theology & Church Ministry.  Sandy-Catherine received the call of God for full-time ministry while a student in The Mission Church Youth Ministry.  She has served in many capacities at The Mission Church, and is currently the Discipleship Director. Sandy Catherine is also an administrative assistant for Global Leadership Training which serves indigenous Pastors in Africa, India, and Cuba.  She is married to Pastor Cristian, and currently love living in Beacon, NY.

WENDY CATAPANO

Treasurer
Wendy and her husband John have been members of the church since 2001 and they have 3 daughters. She has served as the treasurer since 2002. A graduate of Iona College, Wendy is a Certified Public Accountant whose experience includes 3 years with KPMG and 7 years with Westchester Medical Center. Her love of numbers and desire to serve the Lord, make this the best position she’s ever held.​