John Mulligan, Pastor
Pastor John is a native New Yorker and was employed for a dozen years in the financial services and computer software industry in Manhattan and New Jersey prior to ministry. He holds a BS in Marketing from Kean University, Union NJ; and a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Seminary, Schenectady, NY.
John has been at Open Arms nearly from its beginning in the Fall of 1992. He was first a member as a seminary student, then associate pastor and then called as pastor in 1994. His passion is people. He loves to teach God’s word in a practical way and watch its life changing truths come alive in people’s hearts and minds. John and his wife Danielle have two children.
Kevin Rogers, Pastor - Associate
Pastor Kevin is a native Californian who first came to the area to serve with a local church in the inner-city of Schenectady and also worked with men at the YMCA residency program in Schenectady, NY. He received a B.A. in music from California Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Seminary in Schenectady, NY.
Kevin has been on staff at Open Arms since 2000 and has a passion for using music to honor God and to impact people. He also has a desire to invest in relationships and to encourage and influence others to grow in their love for God and others. Kevin and his wife Jackie have two children.
Shaun McDonald, Pastor - Youth
Pastor Shaun grew up in the capital region and graduated from Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam. At the age of 22, his life changed dramatically when he became a follower of Jesus Christ. Shaun has been involved in youth ministry since 2004. He received his A.A.S. in Pastoral Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Schenectady, NY, and his B.A. in Religion, with a Minor in Youth Ministry, from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Shaun joined the staff of Open Arms in 2008. He has a passion for teens and their families in the community; both inside and outside the church. Shaun, his wife Christine, and their three children - Olivia, Jude and Eden - live in Rotterdam.
Pastor Shaun also keeps up a devotional blog at http://shaunmcdonald.weebly.com/ and has written several articles on Youth Ministry at http://rootedministry.com/author/shaun-mcdonald.
Josh Muchmore, Pastor - Pastoral Care
Pastor Josh is a native New Yorker who moved to the Schenectady area in 2005 while working in the field of vocational rehabilitation. He holds a BS in Family Studies from Messiah College, Grantham, PA, and completed his MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.
Actively involved in the life of Open Arms since 2006, Josh joined the pastoral team in September 2013 with a focus on counseling and administration. His primary passion is to walk alongside others through the ups and downs of life, pursuing the hope that can only be found in Christ. Josh and his wife, Heather, have two children
Molly St. John, Kids Church Director
Molly was raised in Utica, New York. She was employed full time at a local church for 10 years, and currently works at Mid-America Seminary. Molly has attended Open Arms since 2008 and came on staff in January of 2011. She has a passion to teach children about God and reach out to families in the community with the love of Jesus. Molly and her husband Dave have four children.
Mike Lucas, Junior High Director
Mike is a native New Yorker who moved to the Schenectady area in 1989. He spent 17 years managing restaurants, including his favorite, “Chuck E Cheese.” Mike has since spent 16 years in the customer service field of the life insurance industry.
Mike and his family began attending Open Arms in 1996. Almost immediately he got involved in ministering to children through the church. Mike came on staff in 2001 and has a passion to help kids of all ages know that God’s grace is real and powerful. He has been involved in teaching children’s classes, going to kids camp, teaching “Kids Korner” at our former weekend services and of course playing lots of games. Mike and his wife Kathy have 4 children.
Ann Ando, Director of Administration
Ann was born and raised in Schenectady County and has lived in Rotterdam since the age of 4. She earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration and has been an office manager for over 20 years, currently working as an Office Manager for a local dentist office as well.
Ann has attended Open Arms since 2001 and has been on staff since 2005. She has a passion for excellence and efficiency and enjoys using her God-given talents at Open Arms. Ann and her husband Mark have two adult children and one grand-child.
Wendy Panzera, Director-Financial Administration
Wendy grew up in a military family and graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Financial Management. For 13 years, she worked in the Financial Services industry before taking a few years to focus on homeschooling her children. While her husband was assigned to the embassy in South Africa, she managed the local President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Reduction (PEPFAR) budget and reporting for the U.S. Office of International Health.
Wendy has been a member of Open Arms Church since she and her husband moved to New York in the summer of 1994. She joined the staff of Open Arms as Financial Administrator in January, 2013 and is also a part of the worship team. She and her husband, Dave, have five children.
Josh Thomsen, Assistant Worship Leader
Josh is a native New Yorker, born, raised and homeschooled in Schenectady, New York. In 2007 Josh began working with various local worship bands and developing a passion for teaching and playing music. He received a B.A in Music Performance and a minor in Bible from Cedarville University.
Having provided, and led, the first worship team for Open Arms Student Ministry at its inception in 2008, Josh joined the Open Arms staff in September 2013 after he graduated from Cedarville. He has a passion for leading people in worship as well as teaching and preparing others to do the same.