John McConnell came to Christ in 1972 as a high school freshman in Redwood City, California. Five years later he joined the staff of Youth for Christ in San Diego and continued with the same ministry in Ventura County where he met his wife, Susanne. After getting married, he became Youth Pastor at the American Baptist Church in Menlo Park, CA. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education through Simpson College in San Francisco and later received his ordination while ministering at an Alliance church in Rancho Cordova. He also served as associate pastor of C&MA churches in Glendale, Arizona and Coudersport, Pennsylvania. After twenty years of involvement as a youth and associate pastor, John followed God’s leading to Elmira, New York where he became the senior pastor of Southside Alliance Church in 1998.
In the 18 years that Pastor John has been at Southside Alliance, the congregation has grown numerically as well as in Spirit-led worship and lay ministry. Pastor John is “energized by seeing Christians grow in faith and in their spiritual and motivational giftings. The Church is barely tapping into her potential in Christ. I want to see God’s Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Pastor John is known in his congregation as a down-to-earth, servant-leader whose strength is connecting with people through everyday experiences. He has a passion for impacting the community for Christ through uniting local churches and pastors in prayer and outreach. He and Susanne have two grown sons, Joshua and Nathan.
Harold and Joyce Lefever are passionate about growing in Christ likeness. They desire to see the body of Christ, filled with the Spirit of Christ, and living out His Kingdom in power and glory here on the earth. They yearn to see His body flowing in unity where each part of the body contributes to the whole,utilizing their unique gifts and anointing in such a way that the body united will see God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
Both, Harold and Joyce are blessed with a Godly heritage, having parents who were involved in church planting efforts. While still in their teens, both were involved in teaching younger children. Following their marriage in 1968 they served in various capacities as missionaries in Belize and Honduras. God blessed their marriage with two daughters and a son. Now they are delighted to watch their own three children and six grandchildren following God.
Harold and Joyce come to Southside Alliance with a desire to encourage others in their walk with God. It is their firm belief that together, with Christ living in us, we can see mighty things happening at Southside Alliance, in Elmira and surrounding area, in our state, and to the ends of the earth.
“When you encounter love and true satisfaction, how could you do anything but run deeper into it?!”
Tre grew up in San Diego, CA, but by the goodness of God now calls Elmira, NY, home. Along with his bride, Miki, Tre gets to reveal God’s unrelenting affection for His creation through his life while serving at SSA Church and also through his role with Elmira Discipleship Ministries (www.elmdm.com).
He served as high school pastor and young adult pastor at his church in San Diego for 5 years, then led young adult ministry at his church in Painted Post, NY for 3 years. He and Miki co-founded Elmira Discipleship Ministries in 2014, and joined the staff at SSA in January of 2017.
“Wherever you are, God wants to give you a free gift that will transform you.” Hopefully those reading this will search and discover what this means today!