Pastor Jason Daniel
Pastor Jason, his wife Rachel and their four children moved to Spencerport, NY, to become our lead pastor in July 2018. Previously, he served as the assistant pastor at North Rome Wesleyan Church in Rome, PA, where he and Rachel were involved in various areas, including missions, discipleship, and children’s ministry.
Pastor Jason grew up in Florida, where he first decided to follow Jesus with his life. He was baptized at 8 years old and went to multiple churches in seasons of his childhood. As a teen and into his twenties, he wandered from the faith and found himself needing to be delivered from addiction and a life of darkness. Despite his own unfaithfulness, God had not abandoned him.
Pastor Jason was delivered not only from the bondage of a life full of sin, but also into a life full of love, faith, and joy. He married Rachel in 2005 and moved up north before hearing the call into pastoral ministry. Pastor Jason began to sense God’s Holy Spirit directing him and his family to serve at North Rome Wesleyan while continuing to take classes towards ordination, a goal he looks forward to reaching in 2019, Lord willing.
Pastor Jason identifies his passions as:
Preaching – The entire process of sermon preparation that leads to a message from God's word is a true delight of his.
Discipleship – He has intentionally focused on being a disciple that makes disciples (who also make disciples)! He loves doing life together with other believers as they collectively follow Jesus.
Outreach – Whether it is a neighbor, a person on a flight across the country, or somewhere in India, he desires to make Jesus Christ known to people who are lost without Him.
Hunting – He thoroughly enjoys being in the woods!
The personal confirmation of Pastor Jason’s call into ministry was experienced in his living room one day as he read the following verses:
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV
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.
R. Mason Sebian, Youth & Worship Ministry
Mason has recently graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theology and a concentration in Youth Ministry. For the previous 7 years, Mason has been involved with multiple church and parachurch organizations that have willingly invested in his growth and development as a Christian and leader. These ministries have involved accomplished professionals in both youth and pastoral ministries, evangelism, music education, as well as the Wesleyan Church.
Growing up in Clarence, New York, Mason felt a call to ministry shortly after taking ownership of his faith while at a Young Life camp over a summer in high school. With his gifts of music, compassion, leadership, observation, adaptability, and teachability as well as his love for Jesus, the pull towards ministry was too strong to ignore and too fervant to brush aside. He has served the Church after his initial call to ministry in different capacities, including his service as a Youth leader, Camp Speaker, Camp Pastor, Christian Education Director, and Worship Leader for several organizations and ministries.
Mason is a dog-Dad of a beautiful, 2-year-old-golden retriever named Tilly, whose addition to his family doubled his household. She’s sweet and gentle and loves all of the quality time she can get from her human. In addition to spending his time with this pooch, Mason’s interests include building new relationships, finding places to hammock, camping and sightseeing in different parts of the country, working with his hands and finding ways to engage with the people in his areas of influence.
The nervousness for starting full-time ministry swung quickly to excitement as his starting date approached. The transition to the church has been made far easier with the warm welcome and hospitality of Pastor Jason and the rest of the Daniel family as well as the rest of the church family here at SWC. Mason is still getting excited to see what God will do in this place, day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year.