Our Team

Below is a list of some of our team members here at theWELLbuffalo. 

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thewellbuffalo  Team

  • Lead Pastor


    Darrick is a native of Buffalo, NY. He married his high-school sweetheart (Jodi George) after his third year at Daemen College where he played on a basketball scholarship. In late 2009 he returned to Western New York after he and his family felt God leading them to start theWELLbuffalo. Darrick is a musician, teacher, friend and a fierce competitor. His teaching style is honest, raw and from the heart.  Darrick and Jodi have a soft spot for the fatherless and broken hearted and extend this into a passion for foster care. Along with occasional foster child, they also have a few of their own. Sam, their 20yr. old, is a college Sophomore and loves to drain an occasional three pointer or throw a touchdown pass. Savannah, is 16yrs. old, and in the 11th grade, and besides being really serious about her school work, she finds time to play 3 sports (volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse). Issac is our Haitian-born 11 yr old and is in the 6th grade. He is practically the mayor of our town. Everyone knows Isaac, because he's unforgettable. And then there is Chari. She's our 3 yr old, who always keeps us on our toes. She's full of spirit and full of grace.

  • Executive Design Pastor


    Mark and his wife Joy moved from Nashville, TN to help launch and serve at theWELLbuffalo in June 2010. This was a homecoming for Joy and it wasn't long before Mark was interning at theWELLbuffalo and taking on the launch of Journey Groups (small group communities). After a year of being bi-vocational Mark came on full time at theWELLbuffalo and took on the title of Community Designer, which oversees Journey Groups and our student community called theWELLstudents. "I always told Joy that I would never go into the ministry and never move to Buffalo, NY. I laugh now thinking I am in control," says Mark. "I love how God is teaching us to serve and love well in this community. Relationships are messy but we need each other to discover and grow closer to God. I am so thankful for theWELLbuffalo community."

    Mark and Joy have a son Stryder who is 6 and a daughter Atalya who just turned 3.


  • Worship Design Pastor


    Corey and his wife Marisabel are both Western NY natives who grew up in the West Side of Buffalo. They were married here at theWELLbuffalo in late 2014. Corey learned at an early age the importance of valuing community and friendship and the realities of hardship many people face here in WNY. In 2007, Corey formed the band Elmwood Drive which has become a premier worship band in WNY sharing the stage with some major acts, as well as, touring the Eastern U.S and recording  studio albums. Corey came to theWELLbuffalo in late 2013 after serving on staff at a church in Batavia, NY as the worship/media arts director. His passion for art, design, and music makes him a perfect fit for the atmosphere we desire here at theWELLbuffalo. Corey prefers to lead from a stand point of humility but is bold in his expression of love towards our Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ. Corey and Marisabel just celebrated the birth of  their first child, Adeline Rose this past Decemeber 2015. 

  • Southtown Campus Pastor/Celebrate Recovery


    Shane, a native of Indianapolis, met his wife, Jineen, a Buffalo native, at Liberty University where he received his B.S. in Religion. Shane has been in and around ministry his whole life. His father has been in full-time ministry for 40+ years. He and Jineen married in 1998 and have always been in ministry whether full-time or volunteer. After a season as a full-time youth pastor, Shane and Jineen moved to Nashville, TN to be part of a church plant. For the past 10 years, they have been involved in every aspect of ministry as Journey Church grew. They left Nashville and the deep relationships that had been forged to come be part of what God is doing in Buffalo through theWELLbuffalo. They have three kids... Ava, Holden and Leyla.



  • Family Design Pastor


    Ben is one of our newest hires here at theWELLbuffalo. He comes by way of South Florida and is still getting accustomed to the cold weather up North. He’s a Florida State University graduate where he played baseball at the collegiate level. Ben graduated and married his high school sweetheart Julie. They have two kids, Trent who’s a two year old ball of energy that loves cars and sports and Levi their one year old, who is always on the heels of his older brother. Ben planned on pursuing a coaching career after college where he could impact kids for the gospel but he soon realized God had a different plan for him. Ben and Julie moved to South Georgia for a few years while he taught and coached at a small school in the town of Arlington. It was also during this time that he had an opportunity to lead worship for a church plant there as well. Eventually they found themselves moving back to Florida to be closer to family and recoup as Ben began to feel the call of God on his life for full-time student ministry. It was at this point that the opportunity to come to theWELLbuffalo opened up and Ben and Julie jumped in feet first. They might miss the sun and sand of South Florida but its all worth it to have the chance to impact student lives with the gospel.

  • theWELLkids Director


    Elisha is our resident children's guru. She has been working with children for almost 20 years in a number of capacities. She has worked in pre-schools and nurseries, and has recently completed her degree in education. She pours her heart into what she does with theWELLkids and is always looking for others to join the team with her. 















  • Shepherding/Counseling Pastor


    Rev. Richard George is one of the pastors on staff here at theWELLbuffalo. Richard serves in a part-time capacity but has a full-time heart for those in need of Biblical guidance and couseling. His 35 yrs of ministry experience serving at the Chapel at Crosspoint has given him a unique perspective on life, marriage, and ministry. Richard's professional studies include a BS and MS in education from the State University College at Buffalo, an MS degree in counseling from Niagara University, as well as, additional studies at Liberty University and The CCEF in Laverock, PA. Through out his writing carreer Richard has authored and published over 4 books for children while also being a published contributor in the American Association of Christian Counseling Magazine, Christian Couseling Connection. Rev. George is also the author of a newly published book called Wanted: Marital Death or Marital Life. If you're in need of counseling please be sure to contact theWELLbuffalo's office and schedule an appointment.

  • Facility Maintenance Manager


    Eric is our man in the trenches. He came to theWELLbuffalo 3 years ago and has had over 30 years experience in the construction/contracting business. He's a humble guy with a huge heart and equally huge hands. He was a driving force behind  the Bethel Campus renovations and continues to be a huge asset at the Southtown Campus, as well as, the Shiloh House. 

Southtown Campus

Team

These are the faces of the individuals you will see at theWELLbuffalo Southtown Campus.

Its located at 2784 Seneca St. West Seneca, NY.

  • Southtown Campus Pastor/Celebrate Recovery


    Shane, a native of Indianapolis, met his wife, Jineen, a Buffalo native, at Liberty University where he received his B.S. in Religion. Shane has been in and around ministry his whole life. His father has been in full-time ministry for 40+ years. He and Jineen married in 1998 and have always been in ministry whether full-time or volunteer. After a season as a full-time youth pastor, Shane and Jineen moved to Nashville, TN to be part of a church plant. For the past 10 years, they have been involved in every aspect of ministry as Journey Church grew. They left Nashville and the deep relationships that had been forged to come be part of what God is doing in Buffalo through theWELLbuffalo. They have three kids... Ava, Holden and Leyla.


  • Southtown Campus Worship Leader


    Andy is one of our newest worship leaders and has recently been given the opportunity to lead at our new Southtown Campus. Andy is a hometown boy with a huge heart and even bigger musical chops. He and his wife Danielle have been married for a couple of years and are expecting the birth of their first child. Andy grew up in the Buffalo area and the surrounding suburbs making him perfect fit for the community that surrounds the new Southtown Campus. He's led worship at local churches in the past, as well as being a former member of the band Elmwood Drive. You might see him from time to time, fronting bands in the local Buffalo music scene, but Andy's heart and passion is to see the name of Christ glorified in WNY.



Worship LEaders

&

Media Team

theWELLbuffalo consists of many, many, volunteers and those who serve continually each week, day in and day out. Below is a list of a few of the people who help guide our worship and media experience on Sunday mornings.

  • Bethany Fonda

    Campus Worship Leader


    Bethany has called Buffalo, NY home for most of her life. Two years ago she found theWELLbuffalo and connected with the people and rhythms of theWELLbuffalo. As she started getting more involved with the worship team she was encouraged to take more of a leadership role. She has grown up in music ministry as her parents were very involved in the church and music since she was a child. Bethany has always had a heart for worship and ministry both inside the church building and outside its walls. Her heart is also burdened for people to see their significance, value and purpose through a relationship with their Creator. This is expressed in her desire to educate, counsel, serve and encourage other people. When she is not leading worship she is teaching high school refugee students in the city of Buffalo during the work week. As one of the worship leaders at theWELLbuffalo she hopes to create an environment where people feel the presence of the Lord and are open to both hear His voice and act as a result of His love.


  • Ethan Fonda

    Visual/Audio Arts Assistant


    Ethan is from Cheektowaga, NY and was raised in a large family filled with talented artists and musicians. He came to theWELLbuffalo 3 years ago after spending some time working on film/photography in Florida. Ethan is our resident photographer and video editor, as well as, an accomplished drummer. If you don't see his face pressed behind a camera, you'll see him during our Sunday gatherings behind the drum set.







  • Josh Licht

    Producer/Media Arts Intern


    Josh Licht is an essential part of the team here at theWELLbuffalo. He serves on Sunday mornings as a Producer in the Media Loft and runs our Social Media. He's been an intern for about a year and has added a tremendous amount of quality and consistency to our Sunday experience. Josh is still a student studying Lighting/Audio Tech and is an avid photographer and videographer. You'll see him on Sunday's running around or even possibly behind a camera or two.