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Pastor Brian Conover, Lead Pastor

Brian moved to upstate NY from New Jersey with his family early on in his childhood. The youngest of three, he grew up in a rural community and enjoyed the outdoors - motorcycles, horses, dogs, snowmobiles, baseball, fishing and hunting. Now, with his wife, Lisa, and their 5 girls and baby boy, he still enjoys the same things (except motorcycles), and has an entire household to share them with.
Pastor Brian attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. Brian served on staff at Southgate Baptist Church in Springfield, OH for three years. He is truly passionate about communicating God's Word and leading people in dynamic corporate worship.

 

Pastor Michael Jayne, Assistant Pastor

Pastor Mike and Jennifer both grew up in Susquehanna County Pennsylvania.  Mike was raised on a dairy farm where he developed a love for the outdoors, family life and cows!  Jennifer’s dad helped milk for Mike’s family on the farm –needless to say Mike and Jennifer were destined for marriage and have been happily married for 23 years.  
Through a series of separate events, God brought both of them to understand His desire for them to be involved in local church ministry.  God has used them in two churches over the last 17 years as Sr. Pastor  – one church in North Central PA for 11 years and one in Apalachin NY for 6 years.  They have experienced growth in their ministries where God has used their heart for reaching the lost in the community and building strong relationships in the church.
God has given Mike and Jennifer 4 children – Josh (20), Emily (15), Jacob (13) and Summer (10).  Together they enjoy raising animals, swimming, hunting and whatever crazy fun they can find!  
Mike is a graduate of Davis College and has also taken courses at Baptist Bible Seminary toward his master’s degree.  Jennifer loves kids and helps as a teacher’s assistant in the Owego School District. 

Pastor Mike and Jennifer both grew up in Susquehanna County Pennsylvania.  Mike was raised on a dairy farm where he developed a love for the outdoors, family life and cows!  Jennifer’s dad helped milk for Mike’s family on the farm –needless to say Mike and Jennifer were destined for marriage and have been happily married for 23 years with 4 children.  

Through a series of separate events, God brought both of them to understand His desire for them to be involved in local church ministry.  God has used them in two churches over the last 17 years as Sr. Pastor  – one church in North Central PA for 11 years and one in Apalachin NY for 6 years.  They have experienced growth in their ministries where God has used their heart for reaching the lost in the community and building strong relationships in the church.

Mike is a graduate of Davis College and has also taken courses at Baptist Bible Seminary toward his master’s degree.  Jennifer loves kids and helps as a teacher’s assistant in the Owego School District.  

Jeff Joseph, Youth Pastor

Being born in Harlem, NY and raised in New Rochelle, NY, Jeff is no stranger to city life. However, after graduating High School, he moved up to the Adirondacks where he attended Word of Life Bible Institute for three years majoring in Bible. Following his Bible training at WOL, he came to Davis College for 2 years where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Jeff has much experience with teens through his work at snow camps, the Word of Live Island camps, basketball clinics, directing VBS, leading choirs and as a teacher’s aid for young people with developmental disabilities.

His wife, Erin, was born and raised in the Mechanicsville, NY area until she came to Davis College. She graduated with a four year degree in Elementary Education and a two year degree in Early Childhood Development.

Jennifer Hodge, Office Manager

Jen is from right here in Norwich, she grew up in Calvary and graduated from Valley Heights Christian Academy. She was hired as the Office Coordinator in July 2006 and has enjoyed being a part of the ministry. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, reading and scrapbooking . Her husband, Lee and three children also own Jersey cows that they enjoy exhibiting at the fairs.

Jen attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. It is very important to Jen that all members of Calvary are treated well and enjoy their experience at Calvary Baptist Church!

 

Eric Schimke, VHCA Administrator

Eric and his wife Susan reside in the Norwich area and have three grown children, all married and who live as far away as Ohio and Michigan. All three attended Christian schools throughout their formal education, as well as attending and graduating from Christian colleges. With 4 grandchildren, and two more on the way, Eric and his wife enjoy visiting family when it’s time for vacation and on occasion the coast of Maine or upstate Michigan.

When free time does come along, Eric enjoys watching professional sports, working in the yard and listening to good Christian music.

"I enjoy the time the Lord has given me to be part of the important ministry of Valley Heights Christian Academy. Christian education is not an option when it comes to the children of a Christian home because an education in which Jesus Christ is central is the best preparation for the real world."

 

Cynthia Wier, VHCA Secretary

Cynthia and her family reside in Norwich. Allison and Owen are VHCA students. Parker will enter K4 next year.

Cynthia was saved at the age of 7 and baptized at age 10. They are active members of the Holmesville Baptist Church since the early 1980’s. Cynthia graduated from Holmesville Christian Academy in 1988. Cynthia currently teaches the 1st grade Sunday School class and coordinates a monthly "Night of Fun" program at her church. She is also the Communications Coordinator for the CBC Mom-to-Mom group.

Cynthia has a diverse background in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Customer Service, and Office Management from previous positions at MeadWestvaco in Sidney and the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce in Norwich . She is also a registered Notary Public.

When asked about her new position, Cynthia stated, "I am really excited to have this opportunity to serve the parents, students and staff at VHCA. I trust the Lord has prepared me with the knowledge and experience I have to meet the current needs of this position, as well as provided me with additional skills that might be of use in the future as the school continues to grow."