Meet our Pastors
Tony grew up locally in Fort Ann, NY. He didn’t grow up in church but thankfully was introduced to Jesus Christ when he was twenty one years old. Although he grew up fearing God, his relationship was not right with Him. Fortunately, God brought a young lady, named April Rathbun, into his life who shared the Good News about Jesus with him; she later became his wife! One evening in February of 1994, after spending several weeks reading his Bible and listening to April share, he prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart and forgive him of his sins. From that point forward his life was changed forever!
Tony and April met while serving together on the Fort Ann Rescue Squad. They have two children. Tony spent 14 years working as a Correction Officer before being called into pastoral ministry. Tony and his family enjoy spending time together, hiking, hunting, and riding snowmobiles.
Wife: April Rathbun
Children: Adam (1998)
Tony’s birth date: Nov. 3, 1972
Hometown: Fort Ann, NY
When he came to know Jesus: 1994
When he was called into ministry: 2009
Favorite music: Casting Crowns, Hillsong, and Third Day
Favorite movies: Gladiator, Dances With Wolves
Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Spending time with family, snowmobiling, hunting, and hiking
Dream vacation: A cross country camping trip with my family
Little known fact about Tony: He is scared to death of heights. He scored his first ever soccer goal for Lake George; unfortunately, he was playing for Fort Ann!
Special Bible verse
Philippians 4:13 (life verse) – I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Mathew 28:19-20 (ministry verse) – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Scott was born at Fort Polk army base in Louisiana. He was raised in southern West Virginia. Scott came to know Jesus as his personal savior around the age of 8. Scott was adopted in 2005 by Brian and Leslie Harmon. At the time his adoptive dad was a pastor at Nehemiah Baptist Church. Scott during this time knew the Lord but was not growing in his faith. When Scott graduated from Shady Spring High School he was invited to go on a summer sports mission trip to Israel. It was that week in Israel when Scott rededicated his life to Christ and accepted the call to ministry.
After graduating high school Scott enrolled into the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY. Scott has completed two years at Word of Life and will be graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in May of 2017.
Fiancé: Hannah Hopkins
Married: September 17, 2017
Scott’s Birthdate: March 31, 1994
Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY
When he came to know Jesus: 2001
When he was called into ministry: 2012
Favorite Music: Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Danny Gokey
Favorite Movies: How To Train Your Dragon, Wyatt Earp, Revenant
Favorite Hobbies: Cliff Jumping, Skiing, Watching Movies
Dream Vacation: Staying a week in Hawaii and watching the NFL Pro Bowl.
Little known fact about Scott: When he was a young boy he was scared of Bigfoot. Scott dislocated his right shoulder in the first game of his senior football season.
Special Bible Verse:
Exodus 33:15 (Life Verse) - “And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (Ministry Verse)- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”