L E A D E R S H I P 

House of Praise

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Lon Dean

Lead Pastor

Pastor Lon is a sought-after speaker, specializing in unlocking people’s gifting, Team-Building, Discipleship, Church Growth, Spiritual Warfare and Leadership Development. 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.

 A well traveled, international minister, Lon has spoken at several countries in South America, Africa, Europe and the Island nations as well as many states in the U.S.   A long time member of Minister's Fellowship International (MFI), he spoken at both their regional and national gatherings in various countries.  He minister healing and deliverance at crusades for both Randy Clark and Carols Annacondia.

All of those things are great, but it’s his authentic preaching style that will keep you engaged each Sunday and bring you back for more. Pastor Lon is known for his seemingly contradictory characteristics.  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 single 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.
To have Lon speak or to help your church develop leadership or discipleship systems:  email info@houseofpraise.cc

Joanne Dean

Assistant Pastor

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.  Her 'every gal' style makes here relatable to almost everyone who hears her.

She is an influential mentor, activating many women in their calling.
To book her to speak email: info@houseofpraise.cc

Bill Morgan

Associate Pastor

Pastor Bill is the guys who fills in all the gaps, serving wherever need but his main focus is Connect Groups. These groups are in-person, online or outdoor  bible studies and relationship building activities.  As the Connect Group Director, he believes, discipleship (spiritual growth) happens best in the context of relationship.

A pastor’s kid who understands church function better than most, he has served helping several other local ministries. He has a  slightly sarcastic sense of humor  he injects that into all of his work. He is a gifted speaker and is involved in many community activities, including  services at local nursing homes.  Bill is also an Elder on the Church Board.

He  enjoys spending time with his daughter Kimberly as often as he can.  Bill married Deb In 2016 and they feel like kids again.

To have speak at your church, email: info@houseofpraise.cc

Peter Bolton

Associate Pastor

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.   He is the Director of Pastoral Care and the first to reach out to those in need.

He along with his wife Florie, have  been involved with many areas at the House of Praise and are currently serving as Connect Group Coaches helping mentor Connect Group Leaders.  They both also work tirelessly to maintain the meticulous church grounds and can often be seen riding their lawn mowers around the property. Pastor Peter is also an Elder on the Church Board.

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. He and Florie have a special gift of making everyone feel welcome. The Bolton’s were married in 1974 having 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

Carrie Zusy

Associate Pastor

Pastor Carrie has a passion to see all that happens at the House of Praise done with excellence yet maintains the heart of a worshipper.  She works diligently to make sure that every person at the House of Praise has an opportunity to grow spiritually as the Director of Discipleship. The House of Praise is a church that emphasizes that every person has a Next Step to take with God.  Carrie facilitates those next steps to help you get connected and to grow spiritually.

Carrie attended the House of Praise as a young girl. She came back as married woman deciding to give her life over to God's plan.  She has led many areas and is also an also an Elder on the Church Board.

Carrie loves outdoor activities from hiking in the summer to snowmobiling in the winter.  She and her husband Chad have three daughters Brianna, Melanie and Anna.

Jamie Medick

Music & Tech Director

Jamie bring s life time of church experience with a cutting edge sense of style to everything he does. He values a high standard of excellence and his desire to continually learn new aspects of  technology as it develops is why he pursued a degree in digital marketing.  He creative, resourceful, and forward- thinking which may be expected in the tech filed but he brings that same thinking to praise and worship.

Jamie is a captivating, soulful, worship leader whose focus as the Music Director is to get others to connect to God in a meaningful worship experience.  Jamie's musical talent is always apparent and only matched by his deep love for the Lord and passion for worship.

Jamie married his vivacious wife Danielle in 2020 and are excited about their future in ministry together.