About Us | Our Team
Growing up in the Midwest, Jim developed a unique burden for city ministry as a young man. Called to NYC while in Bible college, he came to the city in 1986. A year later, the Lord led him to Faith Baptist Church in Corona, Queens, where he served faithfully as the assistant pastor for over 25 years under Pastor Vincent Sawyer. The Lord directed him out of NY for a time before he moved back in 2017. He continued to serve at FBC until 2021 when the church called Jim as the senior pastor.
Jim and Colleen, his wife of nearly 40 years, have five adult children - two of whom serve in full-time ministry. As senior pastor, he focuses on building relationships in the church, shepherding couples and families to spiritual growth, and faithfully preaching God's Word. He and Colleen love spending quality time together, or with their 10 grandchildren when they have the opportunity. When he's not catching up with Mets baseball, Jim reads anything he can get his hands on, especially history.
Born and raised in Queens with Hispanic and Italian heritage, Christian attended Faith as a child where he developed an early passion for church ministry. He serves Faith by coordinating gospel outreach events and guiding the children’s and teen ministries. He makes house visits, manages the website, plans worship services, and provides regular biblical teaching.
Christian enjoys spending quality time with his wife and son, Laura and Rafael, especially exploring NYC sites together. He’s a devoted Mets fan whose other interests include badminton, cooking, reading, and American history (he’s a graduate of the Academy of American Studies, Long Island City). He completed his Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.) training from Maranatha Baptist Seminary in 2019.
Born in India, Sam had the privilege of living in several different African countries, including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Liberia, and Senegal. He grew up in a Christian home, receiving the Lord as his Savior at a school revival meeting in Liberia. Sam has attended Faith Baptist Church since 2005. He has had the opportunity to work with our children and young adults ministries, as well as organize church events. He currently serves as a deacon by managing financial resources and ministering to widows and shut-ins in the church family.
Sam studied computer science at City College of New York, and he has worked for many years as a software engineer. Sam and his wife, Angel, have two teenage children. Though living in the city, he enjoys getting away to the great outdoors for hiking and other outdoor activities with his family. He also enjoys a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, and his personal favorite, table tennis.
Music and Worship Coordinator
Born and raised in Queens, Vlad attended Faith from childhood and exhibits a passion for serving Christ. He pursued biblical studies and graduated in 2012 from Northland International University, then studied music education and graduated from Bob Jones University in 2018. He ministers at FBC by coordinating our music ministries and teaching private music lessons during the week.
When he’s not serving the church and making music with a variety of instruments, Vlad enjoys soccer, volleyball, hiking, swimming, and other sporting activities. He also likes to travel, watch movies, eat, spend time with family and friends, and learn about new cultures.