Who We Are
“Equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
Colin and Lisa are thrilled to call the Adirondacks home. They work across denominations to build up the whole church of the Adirondacks and fulfill the vision of “Relationship-based communities of Christ-followers who love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus across every corner of the Adirondack Mountain region.” Their goal is to strengthen area churches and ministries by strengthening their leaders – encouraging, equipping, and empowering pastors, leaders, and their families. As they work with area leaders, they are also working to expand God’s rule and reign all across this region by bringing together the whole church of the Adirondacks: to advance God’s Kingdom, together as one Body of Christ united around a common mission. Together, Colin and Lisa are pursuing a pure and simple devotion to Christ.
Colin was born and raised in southeastern New York, and his family has owned property in the Adirondacks for nearly 50 years. All throughout his childhood and for most summers since, their small camp outside Tupper Lake became a home away from home.
Colin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. His six years of service as an officer included the management of $150 million of assets and 51 personnel at a Navy hovercraft unit, the direction of a 70-person team for the decommissioning of a guided missile destroyer, and the development of the classified anti-terrorism tactics for the Navy’s surface warfare community.
While still serving in the Navy, Colin also earned his Masters of Business Administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After leaving the Navy, Colin and Lisa moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he spent the next several years serving on the leadership teams of a few small, entrepreneurial businesses – including one that was later sold to Cisco Systems.
Colin grew up actively involved in church, but it wasn’t until he was influenced by several key people that he later became a follower of Jesus. Before long, he was quickly thrust into various leadership roles, with 18 years of ministry experience ranging from serving as a shipboard chaplain and chairman of a faith-based non-profit organization to leading several men’s and co-ed small groups.
About ten years ago, he received a clear calling into full-time vocational ministry, and started his studies at the Vineyard Leadership Institute (an intense Biblical studies program that integrates hands-on training, ministry experience, and academic coursework with an uncompromising commitment to excellence in Biblical, theological, and ministerial training). Colin has seven years of full-time vocational ministry experience, including two executive pastor roles at large Vineyard churches in the Columbus, Ohio area. After living in Columbus for 12 years, he was thrilled to return to his home state of New York to launch ADK Mission.
Lisa’s childhood was spent in southeastern Pennsylvania – just north of Philadelphia. She grew up in the ministry, since her father has devoted his life to serving as a Christian counselor and missionary to international students attending Temple University.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management from York College, located in central Pennsylvania, and she spent 14 years in the health information industry – most recently serving for 9 years as the Office Manager of an internal medicine practice with 3 doctors and a staff of 8. Her office was part of the Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians group, which has 200 doctors in 40 different offices.
Lisa is a two-time survivor of breast cancer, which has given both her and Colin a deep faith and conviction of God’s hand at work in their lives. They’ve been married for 18 years, and have two children: Caleb – a very active eight-year old boy – and Grace – who may only be five years old, but she’s ready to conquer the world!