Leadership

PASTOR RYAN

Ryan Rovito is Valley Chapel's new Lead Pastor. A native of the southern Adirondack Mountains, Ryan moved to Western, NY to study Packaging Science at RIT, but God had other plans for him. After marrying his wife Kasey in 2009, Ryan was called to train at Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. While at NES, Ryan received a Master's in Divinity with a concentration on Transformational Leadership, was trained as a Chaplain at Rochester General Hospital and was ordained an Elder in the Free Methodist Church. He joined the Valley Chapel family in September of 2018 as Associate Pastor.

In September 2020 he accepted the call to become the new Lead pastor here at Valley Chapel. He and Kasey live up on the hill in Attica with their daughter Alice. Ryan is passionate about knowing the scriptures and building God's kingdom all while maintaining a playful and curious spirit. An outdoorsman and hobbyist, Pastor Ryan loves learning new skills like photography, hammock camping, woodworking, and more. 

THE MINISTRY LEADERS

Our church is led by a fun mix of paid staff members and volunteer ministry leaders.
As a team, we are always looking for ways to work together to support our church community while we all REACH, TEACH, MEND, and SEND in the name of Jesus. 

Lisa McCrary

Office Manager
Lisa has served as Valley Chapel’s Office Manager since 2013. She and her husband, Doug, have been married since 2004 and have two children, Kevin and Nathan. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family. 

Debbie Johnson

Discipleship
Debbie started attending Valley Chapel in 2021 after taking a position at Light House Station as an R.A. and Houseparent. Her 4 adult children are each married and have blessed her with 10 amazing grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, working with glass (fused and mosaic), transforming broken things into the unexpected, walking, photography, connecting people, being with family and friends. 

Scot Mantelli

Tech
Scot developed a love for all things technical after leaving a career in the food industry in 2010. He works in IT for the County of Wyoming, and loves the outdoors as well. He and his wife Chelsie have been married since 2013 and have two children, Raylan and Rorie. 

Hilary Gunning

Band Director
Hilary attended Houghton College where she met her husband Nic. They have one son and several pets. Active in music her whole life, Hilary is also an editor, knitter and podcaster. 

Ann Towner

Care
Ann came to Warsaw to teach French and met her husband Gary teaching English. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. She has led congregational care ministry for many years, and currently leads the Piecemakers Quilt Group since 2007. She enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and reading.

Tina Johnson

Children's Co-Leader
Tina has attended Valley Chapel since she was 15, and has been a part of music, youth, and children's ministries. She graduated from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. She has a son, Brandon, and a cat named Skye. Tina enjoys spending time with friends and family, music, photography,  discovering new adventures with Brandon, and teaching kids about Jesus. 

Janelle Baker

Children's Co-Leader
Janelle joined Valley Chapel as a child in 1996. She grew in her faith through the teaching at Valley Chapel and went on a Mission trip to Ukraine in 2001. Janelle, her husband, Steve and their three children, Kinsley, Delaney & Lennon began attending Valley Chapel in 2019.
Janelle is a fifth grade teacher in her hometown of Warsaw and has a heart for teaching and sharing biblical teaching to children.

Reagan Phillippi

Hospitality | Custodian
Reagan grew up here up here in Warsaw, where she met her husband, Andy. They have two children, Andrew and Evelyn. They enjoy spending time together camping or watching movies.

Sue Slocum

Outreach & Missions | Delegate
Sue has been part of Valley Chapel for 20+ years. She has a deep love of serving others and can often be found hard at work in the Ministry Center Kitchen. Sue has lived in Warsaw most of her life. She has one daughter and she, her husband, and two daughters also live here in Warsaw. 

Administration

The work of Ministry at valley Chapel is supported and empowered by some wonderful volunteers who make everything possible. 

The Board of Administration (BOA)

The BOA exists to take care of the temporal business of the church as an organization so as to empower and equip us for the work of ministry. The Lead Pastor serves as the chair and the rest of the board consists of the delegate (1), the Treasurer (1), the Facilities Director (1), and 4 at-large members of the congregation. The individuals who serve here are nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the membership of the congregation.

The Finance Committee

The Finance Committee serves as a sub-committee of the BOA. They are responsible to make recommendations about major financial decisions, to prepare and manage the budget, and to oversee the collection of weekly giving. The Lead Pastor, the Treasurer, and 2 at large members serve on this committee. The members of this committee are appointed directly by the BOA.

The Pastor's Cabinet

The Pastor's Cabinet serves as the church's Human Resources Department. Consisting of the Delegate along with 3 at-large members, they pray for and advise the Lead Pastor as well as interview and oversee the paid staff of the church. The individuals who serve here are nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the membership of the congregation.

The Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee serves to nominate individuals for election by the membership of the church to serve on the BOA or Pastor's Cabinet. The Lead Pastor along with 4 at-large members serve on this committee.