MEET THE LEADERS
Pastor Lon Dean
Pastor Lon is a well traveled international speaker specializing in unlocking people’s gifting, Team-Building, Discipleship, Church Growth and Leadership issues. He has authored several books including, My Next Steps: I’m a Follower of Jesus, Now What? and Setting the Captives Free: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Freedom. He is the founder and leader or Potential Leadership Coaching, a monthly network where he mentors Pastors and church leaders helping them to unlock the growth potential in their churches.
All of those things are great, but it’s his authentic preaching style that will keep you in your seat and bring you back for more. Pastor Lon is known for his seemingly contradictory characteristics. He is wise beyond his years, yet current and relevant. He’s entertaining and very funny, yet incredibly serious about challenging you to grow spiritually. He uses creative illustration yet his teachings are practical and easy to apply to YOUR life. Pastor Lon has an uncanny gift of turning a joke into a relevant biblical lesson that you won’t forget…..even if you want to!
After 16 years serving as both children’s and campus pastors at one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S., the Deans were sent to Albany to pastor the House of Praise in 2005. Pastors Lon and Joanne have spent more of their lives together than apart and are still deeply in love. Keeping them in line are their four beautiful daughters, Moriah, Joelle, Christiana and Alayna, who are all serving the Jesus in their lives.
Pastor Joanne Dean
Pastor Joanne is an important part of implementing the vision for the House of Praise. She is currently serving as the Children’s Pastor and has held various positions in the church over the years. Pastor Joanne oversees Kid Connection, our children’s church for k-12 year olds and nursery. She is actively working to raise up the next generation and guide them down the path God has in store for them in a full children’s service that kids LOVE to attend.
A dynamic speaker, Joanne has been a featured speaker at several Women’s Conferences. She also founded and lead the Northeast Woman’s Conference. She is an influential mentor activating many women in their calling.
Pastor Bill Morgan
Associate Pastor/Director of Discipleship
Pastor Bill works diligently to make sure that every person at the House of Praise has an opportunity to grow spiritually. The House of Praise is a church that emphasizes that every person has a Next Step to take with God. Pastor Bill facilitates those next steps. This includes overseeing the Connect Group Network, a system of online and in-person group bible studies and relationship building activities. Discipleship (spiritual growth) happens best in the context of realtionship.
Pastor Bill is a Pastor’s kid who understands church function better than most, he has helped several other local ministries. He has a fantastic, albeit slightly sarcastic, sense of humor and he injects that into all of his work. He is a gifted speaker who is involved in many community activities including conducting services at local nursing homes. Pastor Bill has been a member of the church since 2005 and sits on the Church Board. He is the first call for pastoral care. Pastor Bill is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending time with his daughter Kimberly as often as he can. In 2016 Pastor Bill Married Deb and they feel like kids again.
Pastor Peter Bolton
Associate Pastor/Prayer Director
Pastor Peter spent a lifetime working for the New York State Assembly and although technically retired, he spends most days working in and around the church. Pastor Peter has long been involved with many areas at the House of Praise and is currently serving as the Director of all prayer activity here and he together with his wife Florie, are Connect Group Coaches helping mentor Connect Group Leaders. Pastor Peter is also a Trustee on the Church Board of Elders. He and Florie work tirelessly to maintain the meticulous church grounds and can often be seen riding their lawn mowers around the property.
Pastor Peter is an avid fisherman regularly ranking nationally at the Annual Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. His infectious laugh and positive outlook on life impact everyone he meets, and he has a special gift of making everyone feel welcome. The Bolton’s were married in 1974 having 2 children and 6 grandchildren.
Business Administrator/Marketing Director
Robin never imagined in her wildest dreams that she would be working for a church. With a 20 year career as an event professional, church administration was not the natural career path. However, in 2009 Robin found herself needing a kidney transplant and her husband graciously offered to donate his as a Valentines Day gift. The miracle of the “perfect match” drew her to House of Praise and ultimately a position with the church where she views working for the Kingdom as one of her greatest accomplishments.
Robin draws upon her vast experience with marketing, public relations, budget management and fundraising to help her with the day to day management of the fiscal process of the church as well as managing the church marketing strategies. She oversees the church hospitality and event planning. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Moriah House, an after care facility for those rescued from Human Trafficking, where she heads up fundraising and administration for the home. Robin married her husband John in 2006 and together they have 4 beautiful adult children and a new grandbaby on the way.
Pastor Tim Bakker
Pastor Tim is originally from South Africa and became a United States citizen in 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performing Arts from Stellenbosch University, one of Africa’s elite music institutions. He completed his post-graduate studies while being the Music Director at a prominent church in South Africa. He has directed many music projects around the world, during his travels to more than 18 countries.
Pastor Tim is the founder of The Worship Space, an organization dedicated to equipping and inspiring worship leaders and music directors. He also taught and directed shows at the famous School of Rock, the world’s largest performance based music school.
When Pastor Tim is not making music, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter, going on hikes and adventures. He is an avid movie geek and technology-wannabee wizard and enjoys playing tennis and watching cricket and rugby.
Ministers Fellowship International
Pastors Lon and Joanne Dean are part of Ministers Fellowship International (MFI). MFI is a network of over 7,000 independent churches which provides accountability, connection, and training. MFI focuses upon building healthy and influential leaders who will impact their communities and build healthy churches, following Christ as our example. Accountability and trust are demanded of our leadership and emphasized in our values.
Pastors Lon and Joanne Dean were a part of Redeemer (formerly Mt Zion) for 16 years serving as Children’s and Associate Pastors. They planted Rome campus and pastored that campus for nearly 4 years before being sent out to restart the House of Praise. The Deans still have many close relationships at Redeemer and continue to look to Pastor Mike Servello Sr. as their pastor and covering.
A Sending Church
It is a desire or The House of Praise to be a sending church that releases leadership into their destiny.
The House of Praise has a long history of other churches being birthed out it. There are currently 4 other churches in the Capital District and 1 in Florida, that were started by leadership raised up at the House of Praise.
In addition to this there are several full-time missionaries in other nations and in the U.S. that were members of this church sent out and supported by the House of Praise.