"I have a passion to help people understand just how much God loves them. The way God has equipped me personally to do that is through families. I want marriages and families to be the best they can be with Jesus right in the middle."
Pastor Deknatel has been the Senior Pastor at RCLC since 1995. He has served churches in New Jersey, North Carolina and near Washington DC. His education includes; John Hopkins University, BA, 1975, Concordia Theological Seminary, M Div. 1979, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1979-1981, Fuller Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministy, 1997. He has been married to his beautiful bride, Nancy, since 1972 and they have 1 son, Matthew, who is married to Niki. On November 15, 2015, Matthew and Niki gave birth to twins, Audrey and Anthony. That makes Nancy and pastor one blessed couple! Pastor Deknatel retired from full time ministry June 9, 2019. After taking this summer off, he will be with us part time begining September 2019 until a new Pastor is hired.
Timothy 3:9 Deacons must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. Lord Jesus, as you so wonderfully serve us with the rich treasures of your redeeming grace, inspire us by that grace joyfully to serve others in your precious name!
To serve others has always been what I wanted to do as a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years of service to our community. My passion to serve our Lord and help bring the great news of grace, peace and mercy that only comes from our Savior Jesus Christ. I have been married to my wonderful wife Suzanne for over 42 years. We have one daughter, Sara, a great son- in- law J, and a beautiful grandchild Elijah James. My decision to become a Licensed Lay Deacon through a two-year course of study at Concordia University /Seminary was a natural decision as I continue to serve our Lord. I am also entering a course of study at Strong Memorial Hospital as an Intern Chaplain through the Clinical Pastoral Education program, and serve as a volunteer chaplain with Lifetime Hospice. I look forward to serving as Deacon at Risen Christ Church and bringing the great news of Jesus Christ to strengthen our marriages, families and each other! Deacon Al will be leading worship at Risen Christ the summer of 2019 and sharing duties with Pastor Deknatel beginning September 2019 during our vacancy.
Kim Constantino- Family Life Minister
Psalm 133;1 says "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" To me, our earthly families are each examples of how we are all one big family of the Kingdom of God, and when families are living in unity with each other and with Him, it's God's best! I am happy to serve Him by helping facilitate strong marriages and healthy families here at Risen Christ and beyond.
Kim has been married to her wonderful husband Tor for more than 20 years and they have 3 beautiful children ages 17, 14 and 6 years old. They moved back to this area from Maryland in the summer of 2015 and now live in Victor. Kim has 6 years of experience volunteering at her Maryland church on a discipleship leadership team. Though she has her Masters in Education and taught French K-12 for 7 years, Kim has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 17 years and is excited about her role as Family Life Minister here at Risen Christ.
Patty Flowerday Durham- Youth Minister
"I enjoy working with the youth and their families and I am so blessed with a dance ministry "Leap of Faith". My goal here at Risen Christ is to build strong relationships in Christ and to let people see Jesus in me."
Patty has been working with youth in the Rochester area for the past 35 years. She is currently in her 18th year of Community Bible Study, 7 of those years she was leader. She stepped down from her leadership position to spend more time in youth ministry. Patty graduated from Bishop Kearney High School and then went to SUNY Brockport to pursue her love of dance. She owns Patty Flowerday School of Dance and Fitness in Penfield and has a Dance Ministry "Leap of Faith" at Risen Christ. This is her 10th year working with teens at Risen Christ and her 14th year as a Youth Minister. Patty is passionate about bringing the teens closer in relationship with Jesus and closer in relationship with their families. Patty is a member of the Westside Youth Workers, a group of Youth Mnisters in this area who encourage and support each other in their ministries. Patty was also blessed to be a member of Jeanne Mayo's Cadre program based in Atlanta, Georgia and has gone through that program in Youth Ministry.
“When I think of God’s presence in my life he reveals the smile on a child’s face and the love in a puppy’s tail. I feel so very blessed that the Lord has called me to serve in a ministry where I can feel joy while caring for children and families. It is my hope and desire to glorify and honor our Savior by serving families while sharing Jesus.”
Jamie, her husband and two girls live in Fairport with their dog and cat. Her Masters of Science in Education has allowed her to serve a population of varied ages in both the Mental Health and Education fields. She has been employed in the Risen Christ Preschool Program for eight years.