Jim Crowley was born and raised in Rochester, NY. After working at Eastman Kodak Company for nine years, the Lord called him into full-time ministry.
The church Pastor Jim was attending in Brockport, NY sent him out to establish a new church in the Town of Greece. New Testament Christian Church was birthed in the spring of 1981. Jim was later ordained through Elim Fellowship of Lima, NY, a ministerial fellowship overseeing roughly one thousand ministers worldwide. Pastor Jim’s ministry is focused on prayer, preaching and raising up leaders.
Under his leadership, numerous men and women have been ordained into the ministry.
Pastor Jim is a dynamic communicator with a passion for helping people to fulfill their destiny by stepping out into their ministry calling. The strength of his preaching style is to simplify the truths of Scripture and apply them to everyday life. His love for other men of God has opened doors for Pastor Jim to be invited to work with local church pastors in establishing strong and healthy congregations. With a heart to see the Kingdom of God established throughout the earth, Pastor Jim has traveled to many countries to minister and help plant churches. He currently serves as the acting executive director of Grace House Rochester, a half-way house ministering to the needs of men released from prison on parole, as well as the Rochester Area Rep for Elim Fellowship, ministering to the approximately fifty men and women credentialed by Elim Fellowship in the Rochester area.
Pastor Jim and his wife Peggy were married in 1972 and have five adult children: Scott, Carrie, Laurie, Stacie and Kellie. His hobbies include reading, basketball, tennis and jogging.
Peggy Crowley, born in The Netherlands, became a ‘naturalized citizen’ at the age of 12. She married her high school sweetheart in 1972, is the mother of 5 grown children (Scott, Carrie, Laurie, Stacie & Kellie) and has 2 adorable grandchildren (Casey & Bronwyn).
Called to the ministry in 1981, alongside her husband, Jim and Peggy were sent out by Christ Community Church in Brockport, NY to start New Testament Christian Church.
After being a stay-at-home mom for 20+ years, God has called Peggy to oversee the Women’s Ministry at NTCC. Using her organizational gifts, she helps mobilize women to reach out and achieve their destiny. By mentoring women individually, as well as ministering at women’s gatherings, Peggy is making a significant impact on the women of the church. Her heart is to see every woman victorious in Christ and to experience the fullness of the promises of God.
Peggy is considered to be very real, touchable, and a down to earth, effective communicator. Having gone through personal challenges, her compassionate heart assists others in their own struggles, making one feel loved and accepted. Peggy is a firm believer that God is more than able to overcome any obstacle in your life and will stand with you, help and encourage you through to victory.
Having been raised in the church, Laurie officially gave her life to the Lord at 5 years old and has never turned away. After a personal God-encounter at Camp Shiloh following her Senior year of high school, Laurie surrendered her own personal career plans and agenda, choosing instead to accept and pursue the call of God on her life. She attended Elim Bible Institute and graduated in 2001 from the Missions tract.
Laurie came on staff at New Testament in 2002 and was ordained as a pastor in 2005. She juggles a variety of tasks, as she is called upon to serve in multiple areas that extend beyond the local church. Laurie is a director for Camp Shiloh’s summer youth camps; serves on 2 national youth ministry boards; has taught abstinence courses in several local public schools, and is called upon regularly to preach at both adult and youth gatherings.
Beyond the church, Laurie is actively involved in the local public school system where she coaches basketball, volleyball and lacrosse for both Greece Olympia and Greece Arcadia High School. Tremendous doors of opportunity have opened for her thru this venue, which she sees as her mission field.
In all she does, Laurie’s life is marked by energy, passion and commitment to the cause of Christ. Her enthusiasm and love for God and others is contagious. She endeavors to be a teenager’s biggest fan, hoping to portray to them thru this that they are loved and accepted no matter what. Her desire is to encourage and equip this generation to obtain all that God has for them. Laurie is also highly effective in communicating the Word of God in a relevant way and connecting with young people of all genres.
Some of Laurie’s personal favorites include 5am workouts, black coffee, rice krispie treats, game day, blaring the road trip song with teenagers and best of all, being an aunt.
Donna is an ordained minister, wife, mother, grandmother, author, teacher, life coach, conference speaker and mentor. She serves on staff as a teaching pastor. Her passion is teaching others how to achieve their greatest potential by understanding the authority they have as believers and how to live the blessed life!
Donna discovered the freedom to live victoriously by applying God’s Word to her life. She first stepped out into the plan of God for her by having a small women’s bible study in her home. Over the years, as Donna grew spiritually, so did the women. This enabled her to step out even further into her destiny, and she began ministering and teaching in church.
With her down-to-earth style, Donna teaches principles that change lives. She shares from her own personal struggles and triumphs, demonstrating how to practically apply the Word of God.
Donna’s goal is to teach others how to prosper in spirit, soul and body through the application of biblical principles and find the answer for their lives as well.
Jim Gunzburg is an elder and the Discovery Groups Pastor at New Testament. Jim counts it a great privilege to oversee all of the Discovery Groups and finds his greatest delight in seeing someone who attends NTCC connect into a group where he or she can make friends and grow closer to God. Jim is in charge of training and overseeing “the amazing leaders who do a great job leading the groups each semester.” He finds great enjoyment in serving the Discovery Group leaders and assisting them with whatever they need.
Jim and his wife Joanne have been in ministry for over 10 years and love meeting new people, as well as helping people grow in their faith. They have been involved in home groups since they first met and have a passion for making a difference in the lives of others.
Jim’s life Scripture is found in 1 John 3:18 (NLT), “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
Mickey is the Director of Operations. His primary responsibilities include the oversight and administration of finances, facility maintenance, improvements and expansion. He facilitates team concepts for the development of leaders, new ministries and improvements within existing ministries, as well as the facilities. Presently, Mickey is in the process of developing a means to help produce the finances needed to support the cost of the church’s growing ministries and operations.
Mickey has been serving the Lord for over 34 years now and has been at NTCC since its conception. Mickey has been married for 44 years, having been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters and 7 wonderful grandchildren. Mickey worked for Eastman Kodak Company prior to NTCC and retired from Kodak after 27 years of service. Mickey was brought on staff with the church in 1999. He is also an elder at NTCC.
Pat Zarpentine is Pastor of Prayer at New Testament Christian Church. For many years Pat endured emotional, mental and spiritual abuse and the lifestyle of the consummate victim. Healing and overcoming victory came as she received the ministry of God’s never failing love and acceptance. In addition to mentoring others to a dynamic life of prayer, Pat has recently been certified as a Holistic (body, soul, spirit) Life Coach (CHLC). Her passion and calling are to see lives changed, healed and transformed by the power of God through prayer, worship, healing, prophetic insights and understanding of God’s Word.
Pat has experienced firsthand supernatural healing in her physical body a number of times. As a result, her faith and boldness to pray healing for others has released supernatural healing in them as well. Pat has a style that is dynamic, inspiring and filled with life experiences. Her energy motivates, activates, and encourages you to reach beyond what you “think” you can do and believe for the impossible to become entirely possible. She has made frequent appearances on Christian cable television and radio programs and has taught at Elim Bible Institute in the “Cults and World Religions” class many times as well as at conferences throughout the Northeast region of the U.S. and Canada. She has ministered powerfully as part of a team or on her own at retreats, workshops and seminars.
She also travels internationally, training pastors and leaders, as well as bringing a message of strength, empowerment, prophetic insight and encouragement. Pat has three grown children and 4 grandchildren.