district disciplemaking ministry Team (DDMT)

The DDMT offers support and resources to help equip leaders of children, youth, and adult ministries. A district-wide annual event we host is "Training Ground" with national caliber speakers to provide tools for leaders to have effective disciplemaking ministries in the church. For more information visit https://traininggroundned.com/.


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 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.

  • jessica sears

    administrative assistant

    jes2781@gmail.com / 724-504-1148

    Jessica participated in an Envision internship in Burkina Faso, Africa teaching English to adults and is the Church Planter Kids Chairperson for the NED Great Commission Women. Jessica is a full-time nanny and currently working on a Master's in Education for Teaching English as a Second Language in Adult/Collegiate education.

  • kristin swan

    children's ministry

    kristin@beartownroad.org / 607-368-7041

    I believe the Lord prepared me to serve as Director of Children’s Ministries at Beartown Road Alliance Church by arranging my life around both teaching and volunteering. My passions are that kids’ hearts and lives are changed by Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) and that volunteers are encouraged and equipped to help change those hearts and lives!

  • reid walsh

    youth point person

    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!

  • alex banks

    youth ministry

    alexbanks10@gmail.com / 585-507-7654

    Alex has served in ministry since 2008. He is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Lockport Alliance Church where he tries to use Romans 12 as a guideline for living and serving. Alex loves the Lord and enjoys helping others get to know Jesus better. He's married to Becky and the two of them have three young boys. Alex enjoys cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and has been known to travel to Cleveland on a whim to catch a Cleveland Indians baseball game.


    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.    

  • brian french

    adult ministry

    brian.french@trinityalliancechurch.com / 518-429-0630

    Brian has served as a pastor in churches in both Canada and the US since 1998. He is currently the Lead Pastor of Trinity Alliance Church in Rochester, NY. Brian’s passion is to see people take steps of faith (even risky steps) as they follow God’s plan for their lives. He enjoys reading, playing music, watching hockey (go Leafs go!), baseball (Let’s go Blue Jays!) and football (G-MEN!). He also has a love for playing and streaming online computer games.

  • dénes house

    adult ministry

    deneshouse@newbeginningscma.org / 585-489-3800

    I worked in college ministry for ten years and have served as a Pastor in the Alliance since 2006. I have taught Old Testament Survey and Introduction to Preaching at the college level, and World-view analysis and Western Civilization at the high school level. My passions include college ministry, the Old Testament, building communities of people who are united by Christ but divided in other ways, the arts and Christian faith, training people to study the Bible for themselves, premarital counseling, reaching out to nerds, and expository preaching. And I love Star Trek.