Pastor Ryan Strange
Pastor Ryan was born in Indianapolis, IN, and spent many years moving around the U.S. living in six different states during his life. He was the son of a pastor and dedicated his life to Jesus at a very young age, while also learning some of what it means to be a pastor and a part of the pastoral family.
When he graduated from Lima Christian School in 2006, he traveled to Taylor University in Upland, IN where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature in 2010. From there he went on to Asbury Theological seminary and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2013. While all of his educational experiences lent themselves to pastoral ministry, he did not receive the traditional call that many others have. He never heard the audible voice of God or saw a beam of light shine down from heaven. However, every time he tried to go in another direction, something always pulled him back to the pastorate. He felt that he could not escape what God had called him to do.
In the summer of 2013 he moved to Watertown, NY where he served as the solo pastor of Grace Wesleyan Church. While serving there, he was ordained as a minister in the Wesleyan Church in October of 2014. After resigning from Grace, he received the call to Spencerport Wesleyan Church, where he continues to serve the Lord and seek his will.
Pastor Ryan enjoys varying hobbies including anything related to Batman or Star Trek, watching and reading about NFL football, and spending time with family, particularly his wife.
He and his lovely wife Alison, who have been married since February 2016, love their church family and enjoy any opportunity to meet new people in and out of the church. They would love to meet you and welcome you as a part of the church family.
Pastor Phalkun Nov, Assistant Pastor for Cambodian and Nepali Ministries
I was born and grew up in Cambodia in a Buddhist environment at the end of the Khmer Rouge regime. In 1995, a pastor came to our village to share the gospel with my family, some of our relatives and neighbors. One Sunday morning I invited Jesus Christ into my heart by asking Him to forgive my sin. We started having church services every Sunday in our village and later, a church building was built.
While I was studying in Bible School, my life was completely changed by the work of the Holy Spirit. That was the time I committed my life to God’s call to serve Him alone. After graduation, I helped with different ministries in my village church. At the same time, I was working for World Relief and later World Hope International, before meeting a missionary lady from the US. The Lord prepared the way for me to come to the US on a fiancé visa to marry my wife, Janell, in 2004.
Our plan was to raise support to return to Cambodia as missionaries, but God had different plans. He connected us with a few Christian Cambodian families in Rochester. We began to pray for an open door to reach to Asian people in the US. Cambodian Ministry of Rochester, a ministry of Spencerport Wesleyan Church began. In 2013 Cambodian Ministry of Rochester started to change. The Lord brought Nepali speaking Bhutanese refugees to Rochester. It is exciting to see how God brings people from every culture to Himself.
I know for sure that God has called me to the share the Gospel with people here in Rochester. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” and Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 10:9-10, says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:14-15 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” These verses remind me that I need salvation from God and need to share this salvation with everyone around me. I am thankful for my wife, who is my partner in ministry and for our two beautiful daughters Naomi and Hannah.