JAMES & JOSEPHINE CASELLA
CONNECTION  DIRECTORS



GET CONNECTED

Jim and Josephine serve as a team to help the Living Faith family get connected! As a married couple, they love fishing the Long Island bays, spending time with family, and are proud grandparents to four grandchildren, At LFCC, they oversee the Ambassador Team which includes greeters, ushers, the Connection Center and parking team. They love people and both are passionate about seeing people discover new ways to grow their faith. Whether you are new to LFCC, or a long time attender, there are many ways to grow, serve, and connect with others. Jim & Jo would love to help you take a next step. Stop by the Connection Center on Sunday and say Hello! 
KERRI CRAKER
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR



GROW YOUR CHILD'S FAITH

Kerri Craker is the Children’s Ministry Director and oversees the programs for Birth through 5th Grade. Kerri feels a strong call to minister to children knowing they are our future and need to be secure in the love of God. She keeps God’s Word at the center of her ministry and works with families to build up our children and give them the tools they will need to live a faith filled life. Kerri studied Communications at Loyola University, Chicago with a focus on Public Relations. She loves warm weather, the beach, her husband Matt, and is a proud mom to two young men!
BRAD FRANKLIN
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
As the Social Media Director, Brad works alongside our Creative Arts Director as he guides, manages, and coordinates the overall social digital strategy and web push of Living Faith and its related ministries. His responsibilities include overseeing the church’s networks, platforms, staff media training and assistance, and improvement of social media content. Brad is now in his second year with Living Faith but has been attending since the church moved to Farmingdale over 10 years ago.

 

PASTOR STEVE KINSEL
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY DIRECTOR
 
JOIN THE MOVEMENT 
Steve is passionate about his call to teach this next generation of leaders and see them become lifelong followers of Christ. He strives to speak into peoples lives in a relevant way, showing them there is a huge purpose for why they are here, and for them to learn that church and “the Christian life” doesn’t have to be “boring”. Steve holds a B.A. from Calvin College, and a master’s degree from the seminary at Liberty University, with an emphasis in pastoral counseling. He loves the beach, the Jets, and spending time with his wife, Laura and their two elementary age sons.
MICHAEL MAHLSTEDT
STUDENT MINISTRY DIRECTOR

GROW YOUR TEEN'S FAITH
Mike grew up here on the South Shore and has attended Living Faith since childhood. He is passionate about winning students to Christ and leading them into spiritual maturity. His goal is to disciple, lead, teach, and equip people for their walk with Christ within the faith community. Mike holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from SUNY Farmingdale, and a Masters of Divinity from Nyack College. He loves being outdoors, the Mets, the Islanders, and Dunkin Donuts. Mike is married to Danielle, and they are proud parents to a busy toddler.
BOBBY MELTZER
CREATIVE ARTS DIRECTOR

GET CREATIVE
Bobby brings a broad portfolio of design, development, and digital experiences to Living Faith. He started his career from the ground up with graphic design, development, and video production before managing a dedicated team of Designers and Developers. Previously, as Senior Director of Creative Solutions for a healthcare company in Manhattan, Bobby was responsible for the multi platform launch of many products, tools, and resources. In this role he oversees all aspects of our video production, outreach through our digital and print media communications, and improvements to our different ministry environments. He is married to Marissa, and dad to three active elementary age kids.
PASTOR BRENDAN O’CONNER
CARE MINISTRY DIRECTOR

SPREAD SOME LOVE
Brendan O'Conner joined our staff part-time in 2012. He provides encouragement, care and visitation to those in the hospital, nursing homes or who are experiencing long-term illness.

Brendan hails from Ireland, and holds a liberal arts degree from St Jarlaths. He is an avid reader, and a fan of both the Mets and the Jets. He and his wife Rosalie are proud parents of four grown children, and even more proud grandparents of 6 grandchildren.