Reverend Jeff Stonecipher received the call to ministry at a youth event when he was a teenager. To fulfill his calling, he left his home town of Syracuse to attend Valley Forge Christian College in Pennsylvania. There, his focus was in Pastoral Ministry, and he received a B.S. in Biblical Studies.
Pastor Jeff currently serves as Destiny Christian Center's Lead Pastor. Prior to reaching this stage in his ministry, he served as Destiny's Associate and Discipleship Pastor. He previously served as Youth Pastor at a church in Nedrow.
God has opened doors for Pastor Jeff and allowed him to develop gifts of compassion, humility, prayer, leadership, hospitality, teaching, and preaching. Using these gifts, Pastor Jeff has organized and led Discipleship Classes, Bible studies, and an evangelistic team, and he and his wife, Shelby, helped organize the New York District School of Ministry that once met at Destiny.
Pastor Jeff and Shelby are the parents of three beautiful children -- Ashlee, Noah, and Leah -- who support them in their entire ministry. Pastor Jeff's favorite activities outside of ministry involve spending time with his family and following Dallas football, Yankee baseball, and Syracuse basketball.
Pastor, African Nation Church
Pastor Emmanuel Seruhungu was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He, his wife, Aimee, and their family came to the United States as refugees from the DRC in order to start a new life away from the unrest in
Pastor Emmanuel attended and received his diploma from an institution in Uvira, a city in the Sud-Kivu Province of the DRC. He studied there for six years, with concentration in the areas of Theology and Religion.
In addition to preaching during the African Nation Service on Sunday evenings at Destiny, he also preaches during Saturday evening services. He has taken part in evangelism, and frequently makes personal visits and upholds others in prayer. Pastor Emmanuel takes seriously his call to ministry, which he felt led to as a result of being saved. He believes it is his duty, as one with a testimony of the work of Jesus Christ, to preach the good news. He has specifically been given a heart for the needy and a spirit of selflessness to be able to give to those
Pastor Emmanuel and Aimee have a thriving family, with twelve children in all: Nyamariza, Felicien, Muyabe, Mberwa, Ndabaruta, Nyamukunzi, Karedi, Lazard, Mutama, David, Esther, and Joshua. In his down-time, Pastor Emmanuel enjoys watching the news and staying informed about current events.
Pastor, Syracuse Aaradhana Church
Pastor Matan Singh Rana Magar (aka "Pastor Martin") was born in Bhutan, a sovereign state located in South Asia. He has taken classes with the New York District School of Ministry and he spent six months training at Youth with a Mission, a Discipleship Training School in Damak Jhapa, Nepal. His focus was to learn how to preach the Gospel to the lost and bring them into the Kingdom of God and to learn how to disciple them.
In addition to preaching at the Nepali service at Destiny on Sunday afternoons, he also enjoys making personal visits and uplifing others in prayer. His passion is to share the Word of God and let others know that Jesus is the only Savior, that only He can forgive our sin and give eternal life.
Pastor Martin feels called to the ministry because his heart's cry is to see people saved and living a life devoted to Jesus. He has recognized in himself the God-given gifts of compassion and counseling which help him to carry out the call on his life.
Pastor Martin and his wife, Madhu Maya, are the parents of five children: Khadga, Chandra, Dhan Man, Man B., and Suman. Pastor Martin enjoys spending time praying for those who are needy or sick.