The DDMT offers support and resources to help equip leaders of children, youth, and adult ministries in the local church.

Trauma informed children and youth                                         ministry workshop

We invite you with your team to join us as we acquire insights and practical strategies to support the students facing trauma challenges in our ministries. 

We will be holding workshops across the district in the next few months. You are welcome to attend any event.

For registration information or questions, please contact  Jen Veitch via email at dfm@newlifeinsaratoga.org or phone/ text message at 518-932- 5399

Upcoming Dates:

*Saturday, April 20th, 9-3:30 New Life Fellowship Church,

  Saratoga Springs  *CANCELLED

*Saturday, May 4th, 9-3:30

  Cornerstone Alliance Church, Ticonderoga

*Saturday, June 1st, 9-12:30 Syracuse Alliance Church


*Friday-Saturday, August 9-10

  Maranatha Bible Chapel Horseheads

Training topics encompass:

-How Trauma Affects the Kids we

Love and

What do We Do About It

- Discipline: Obstacle or Opportunity?

- Reaching and Teaching Hurting Kids

-Creating a Life Changing Small Group

 meet the team

  • Lisa Vogan, chairperson

    disciplemaking specialist

    lvogan@nedcma.org / 716-713-1959

    As a licensed Disciplemaking Specialist for the Northeastern District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, specializing in Children’s ministry, Lisa spends her time coaching, consulting, equipping, speaking and facilitating leadership growth across the District and the United States. Under the leadership of Melissa J. MacDonald, she has served as a Regional Connector for the National Children’s Ministry Team of the C & M A and a Coach for the Children’s Disciplemaking Leadership Certificate Course(CDLC). Lisa is certified as a National Trainer for Plan to Protect™. With over 30 years of ministry experience within discipleship and leadership contexts, Lisa’s greatest passion is to encourage, equip and empower ministry volunteers and leaders--strengthening the impact in our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • reid walsh

    youth ministry

    reidwalsh@parksidebible.org / 717-951-1895

    Reid has been in the NED since 2014 as Youth Pastor at Parkside Bible Church in Watertown, NY. He graduated in 2003 from Messiah College with a BA in Christian Ministries and an emphasis in youth. He has pastored in youth, young adult, college & career and worship ministries in previous churches, serving as full-time, bi-vocational and volunteer ministry leadership in that time. He has a heart for helping people become fully devoted, lifelong disciples of Christ, which will, in turn, produce more Christ followers as they serve God's Kingdom in reaching others. As a native New Englander (living in exile), he enjoys cheering for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics and rubbing all those championships in at the Bills, Giants, Yankees and Ranger fans!

  • cody whelsky

    youth ministry


    Cody is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at Fulton Alliance Church in Fulton, NY.  Seeing youth come to a genuine relationship with Christ is his passion, and along with his wife Sam, are blessed with a houseful of daughters. 


    Adult Ministry

    actsoflight@gmail.com / 716-473-8650

    PJ has served in full-time ministry with the Alliance for more than 15 years. He has served as a youth pastor, lead pastor, church planter, and is now the Pastor of Discipleship at Auburn Alliance Church.  During that time, he's been studying, writing, and teaching on the topic of healthy church ministry. His passion is equipping people to Make Disciples and then developing a framework for disciplemaking to occur organically. PJ is also a writer. To date he's written over 100 plays designed for use in churches and three books to equip the people of God to develop into mature disciples of Jesus Christ and make more disciples. You can find out more info on his writings at www.ActsofLight.com.    

  • Dan Piazza

    adult ministry


    Dan serves as Lead Pastor of Niagara Alliance Church in Wheatfield, NY. Tim Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian is Dan's greatest ministry influence, stating " I appreciate his crisp, clear, and scholarly approach as well as his way of presenting the truth of God's Word without compromise, but also without unnecessary insult". He also enjoys black coffee from Tim Horton's and reading U.S. presidential biographies. 

  • Jen Veitch

    Kids ministry


    Jen Veitch is a wife, mom of 5 and grandmother of one. After a 15-year career teaching preschool, Jen began serving as the Director of Family Ministry at New Life Fellowship Church in Saratoga Springs, NY where her focus for the past 5 years has been on building relationships between adults and children to foster a community of discipleship from the nursery to college and beyond.  Jen’s love of working with children began at an early age when she was encouraged to help out in the Sunday school classrooms at her church.  With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and coursework emphasizing child development and special education, Jen has dedicated her life to serving children and families both inside and outside the church building.


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