PETER AND KELLY JANKOWSKI
LEAD PASTOR AND WORSHIP DIRECTOR
Pete felt the call to be a pastor at the young age of 13. For Kelly, it was around 11. But it wasn't until years later that Pete they were part of the team that planted Life Church Buffalo. Serving together as volunteers Pete was an important fixture helping our founding pastor Craig McLeod in almost every area, while Kelly served as the church's first worship leader.
In 2012, Pete accepted a full-time position in vocational ministry in Columbus, Ohio. After living in Buffalo for most of their lives, he and Kelly with their two boys in tow left his job and moved their life to Ohio to follow God's call on their lives.
However, God unexpectedly called Pete and Kelly back home to Buffalo three years later. For a year, Pete co-lead Life Church with Pastor Craig, and was installed as the Lead Pastor in June 2017. Kelly now serves alongside Pete as the Worship Director.
Peter and Kelly have been married since 2006 and have two awesome boys, Samuel and Isaac. They love good food, really good coffee, and their two rescued dogs.
Loren started following Jesus at a very early age and was baptised at just 7 years old. Although he had been close with God his whole life, he began to understand His mercy, grace, and sacrifice for us on a higher and more meaningful level as he walked through a season of addiction recovery in the early 2000s.
As early as his decision to follow Jesus, Loren also knew he was called to vocational ministry - but also knew it was not a call to preach! That calling led him to a fruitful career in Christian television production, where he spent 22 years in various roles bringing the message of Jesus and God's word to audiences in a number of markets. Like Pastor Pete and Kelly, he was part of the team that helped plant Life Church under Pastor Craig in 2006, and officially joined the staff as Executive Pastor in 2011.
Although he grew up on a potato farm in Maine, Loren's not a big fan of the spuds (aside from potato chips - who doesn't like potato chips?!). He loves all things fast - especially cars - and his heart melts for his wife Janie, their three daughters and two son-in-laws, and his grandson Wyatt.
Pastor Beth accepted Jesus at 5 years old and from a very young age was volunteering and serving at her church. While serving as a volunteer children's director at a church in Niagara Falls, she moved to Columbus, Ohio and finished earning her degree in biology.
Soon after her move and degree, she realized God was calling her away from her own plans to be a dentist and into full-time ministry! She's been serving since 2002 and joined Life Church in 2018.
Beth loves her husband Joe, her two girls McKenna and Addison, and cooking for the people she loves.
NEXT STEPS AND CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR
It was at a youth group night in 11th grade when Joe saw that what the students there had was real to them - not their parents' faith, but an authentic personal relationship with God. And he wanted the same thing.
Within two years, Joe was serving in leadership roles within his church while attending college and even after he began working full time. In 2009, he knew God was asking him to leave his job and step into ministry full-time at his church in Columbus, Ohio. All in all, Joe has been in ministry for over 20 years - and joined Life Church in 2018.
Joe is happy to be back in Buffalo where he can more easily see his family (and attend Bills games). He and his wife Beth have two amazing daughters, McKenna and Addison.
Next Steps Director
Bethany has been a Christian from a very young age and in 1997 began serving at her church after understanding Jesus's love for her on a new level.
Bethany has been at Life Church since its formation in 2006 and has served in some capacity since then. In 2016 she joined the staff as a volunteer director, but in 2020 believed God was calling her to leave her career in higher education to join as a full-time staff member.
Bethany and her husband Mike are happy raising their adorable girls Joanna and Lydia. She loves the Sabres and dark chocolate truffles.
Guest Services Director
Rich, like many in WNY, grew up in the Catholic church. He felt a call early on in his life to enter ministry. In 2005 - while motorcycling across the Republic of Chile - his personal relationship with Jesus blossomed when seeds that had been planted by Christians throughout his life took root and God transformed his religion into a relationship.
When Rich began attending Life Church in 2016, he quickly began serving on the Dream Team and joined a Life Group. It wasn't long before he was reminded of the call God had on his life and, leaving behind his military and corporate exec careers, began a year-long internship at Life Church before joining our staff full-time in 2019.
In her early twenties, Monica walked through a season of loss - and it was in that season that the comfort and healing available only through a relationship with Jesus brought her close to Him, and she began following Him.
Not long after that, Monica began serving for Just Joy Ministries, eventually becoming the executive director of the ministry. Around the same time, she also began serving at Life Church as a member of the production team, which lead to her joining the staff as Production Director in 2020. She loves serving in a capacity that is bigger than her and using the gifts God has given her to help people know and follow Him!
Monica has a passion for worship and recently began taking guitar and voice lessons. She has been married to her husband Paul since 2005 and, having dealt with infertility for a dozen years, is blessed beyond measure to be a mom to her miracle son Zachary.
Dorian didn't grow up in a Christian home but had friends that invited him to church at a young age. At twelve years old and living in Texas, he was riding his bike alone when he decided he would follow Jesus for the rest of his life.
Dorian met his wife Kara while still living in Texas and as they began to talk marriage each felt led to move to Kara's hometown of Buffalo and plant roots here. They both feel God has called them to serve and reach the student generation. Although he may have officially joined the staff in 2019, it didn't take long after he visited Life Church for the first time to jump in with both feet, serving with our youth and young adults, and wherever else was needed.
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