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Pastor Shane Smith

A passionate leader with a vision of designing an environment where it is easy for people to encounter God, experience life-change and embrace culture. He is a Rochester native with over 15 years' experience in student ministries.

After three years of leading a Saturday evening ministry called “Axiom,” he followed God’s call to the town of Gates, NY where a strip mall vacancy between a liquor store and tattoo shop presented magnificent opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and grow a church family. As we outgrew our space, an opportunity presented itself to purchase a seven-acre campus in Chili, NY. We now have a permanent location with room to expand at our Paul Road location.

Shane confesses that apart from Christ we can do nothing! He celebrates the wonderful people who "stepped out of the boat" with him and his family in order to embrace a community. Shane and his wife Kelly have been married since 1992 and have two children, Allison and Keegan. Together they are committed to Christ and building the Kingdom of God.

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