Pastor Eric Stokesberry and wife Elizabeth
Personal call to ministry:
At a time when my parents were on the verge of divorce, my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins became a helpful, godly influence in my life. At age 12, my 8-year-old cousin led me in the sinner’s prayer and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I attended church with my Aunt and Uncle where I became highly active in youth group, the Bible quizzing team, and other church activities. At the age of 15, I accepted what I consider a divine call to the Pastoral preaching and teaching gospel ministry. After graduation, I enrolled in Zion Bible College where I started on a proactive path toward Christian leadership and pastoral care training, doctrinal education, and the preaching of the Gospel message. I have been steadfast in the faith ever since this start. Having wonderful mentors in my life and almost 20 years of ministry experience, I am thrilled to be back in my home town pastoring Spencerport Assembly of God.
My personal approach to ministry:
I believe that the church is called by God to be the representation of Christ on earth. Therefore, the church should “do and be” what Jesus “was” when He walked the earth. To accomplish this, my personal area of emphasis is to help “prepare” and “equip” God’s people to be mature, fully committed disciples of Christ who are able to build up the body of Christ in various ways. One way to accomplish this is by the faithful exposition of Scripture and teaching through a book in the Bible. I believe that the Spirit of God works through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God to bring about real transformation and evangelism. Although there are times for special messages directed by the Holy Spirit; as a church, you can expect seasons of real life application from studies in a book of the Bible designed to build the believer in the faith and knowledge of God and motivate evangelism.
Board members: Mardi Carpenter
Pastor Emeritus: Cornelius Degroat