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VICTORY'S STAFF

Kurt Parker

Executive Director of Ministry and Operations

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Vaughn VanSkiver

Spiritual Formation Pastor

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Paul Hancy (Pastor Phancy)

Children's Ministry Pastor

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Margie Weber

Children's Ministry Assistant Pastor

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Brady & Sydney Bond

Elmira Campus Pastors

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Dylan Roderick

Student Ministries Pastor

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Brad Violette

Student Ministries Pastor

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Ted Roloson

Minister of Pastoral Care

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Tom Meighan

Facilities Manager

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Marcy Meighan

Accounting & Office Manager

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Gary Hart

Minister of Pastoral Care

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Carol Jimerson

Ministerial Student - Adults

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David Weber

Ministerial Student - Families

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Marcia Hancy

Ministry Assistant

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Vikki Lightfoot

Ministry Assistant

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Joe Oppenheim

Sound Technician

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Shane Maze

Worship/Creative Arts Director

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Matt Strack

REACH & Community Groups Director

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Sue Strack

Receptionist/Ministry Assistant

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Melissa Homer

Preschool and Special Needs Coordinator

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Rachel Buono

Operations Assistant

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Liz Stratton

Visuals Coordinator

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Jody Shippey

Resident Intern/Worship & Creative Arts

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TJ Kenney

Resident Intern/Worship & Creative Arts

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VICTORY'S BOARD

Andrew Bannister

Board Member

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Rick Barber

Board Member

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Anne Capper

Board Member

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Todd Carr

Lay Vice-Chairman

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Dwight Chapman

Chairman of the Trustees

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Dana Coots

Board Member

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Shawn Corey

Treasurer

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Ron Leonard

Board Member

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Andy Deguire

Board Member

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Maggie Frisbie

Secretary of the Board

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Meghan Frisbie

Board Member

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Paul Piraino

Lead Pastor


Paul joined the Victory family in 1989 as a Student Ministry Pastor. Over the years, he served in many different roles, and he presently holds the position of Lead Pastor. Paul is passionate about following Jesus, leading people to becoming fully devoted followers of Him, and making a lasting impact on Victory’s surrounding community and beyond.

Paul married the love of his life, Christine, in 1986. They have been blessed with three wonderful daughters and three sons-in-law. Paul derives much joy from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Paul enjoys reading, exercising, hands-on-projects, and playing sports. His favorite times are sitting with his wife on a beach by the ocean reading a book. His greatest pleasure is pursuing Jesus and living life with his family, friends, and dog.

Kurt Parker

Executive Director of Ministry and Operations


Kurt Parker grew up in Holland, Michigan and relocated his family to North Carolina in 1999. In 2004, Kurt left his executive position in the marine industry to pursue full time ministry as Victory's children's pastor. In 2008, Kurt assumed the role of Victory's Director of Finance and Operations, and he took on overseeing Ministry development and programming in 2018.

Kurt and his wife, Tracy, live in Corning, New York. They have two grown sons and five grandchildren. Kurt enjoys building furniture from re-claimed lumber and old architectural pieces, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Kurt’s passion is to see men and women come to understand that they are God’s chosen people and that the abundant life God promises is found only when we give our lives to Christ and are committed to living the life God has planned for us. Living the Jesus way of life is the abundant life!

Vaughn VanSkiver

Spiritual Formation Pastor


Vaughn served in youth ministry with Family Life Ministries starting in 1980 and transitioned to Victory in 2000 to work as our Worship Arts Pastor. In 2017, Vaughn transitioned into his current role as Victory's Spiritual Formation Pastor.

Vaughn and his wife, Joyce, have two married sons and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Vaughn enjoys archery hunting, fly fishing, landscaping, gardening, and spending time with his family. Most of his lunch hours are spent at the YMCA fighting fat and old age.

Aaron Duvall

Teaching & Communications Pastor


Aaron is a husband to Chera, father to Harper, and follower of Jesus. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he majored in Philosophy. He went on to earn an MA in Entrepreneurial Ministry Leadership from Tabor College.

Aaron enjoys biking with his family, reading, running, and watching college sports. He is passionate about chocolate chip cookies. He hates meatloaf, plastic fruit, and meetings. Aaron thinks nothing is more exciting than living as a disciple of Jesus.

Paul Hancy (Pastor Phancy)

Children's Ministry Pastor


Pastor Phancy, as the kids call him, is a big kid at heart. He’s been serving in children and family ministry for over 30 years. His passion is to creatively and energetically teach kids what it means to be fully devoted to Jesus through learning from God’s Word. His goal is also to equip parents lead their kids spiritually at home.

Pastor Phancy has been married to his best friend, Marcia, for over 30 years. They have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

Margie Weber

Children's Ministry Assistant Pastor


Margie married the love of her life, David Weber, in 2013. Together, they have a blended family with four kids.

She has been involved in ministry her whole life, including serving in VictoryKids and The Healing Journey groups. Her life experience and love for Jesus fuel her desire to help those who are hurting and feeling excluded to find a safe community of real, relateble people who embrace the struggle to follow Christ in a broken world together.

Margie enjoys time with family and friends, Bible teaching, photography, cake decorating, dancing, and writing.

Brady & Sydney Bond

Elmira Campus Pastors


Brady and Sydney Bond are originally from the Corning, NY area. They grew up locally and met at Victory's student ministries. Brady and Sydney are married and have one child (well, two, if you count their Great Dane!). They are both graduates of Kingswood University (B.A.) and they have been part of Victory's Staff since they graduated in 2018. Brady is passionate about worship, evangelism and equipping the local church. Sydney's passion is for local missions and teaching. In their free time you can find them spending time with their families, being with friends and enjoying a cup of coffee. On a Sunday morning you might find them greeting you at the entrance, preaching the message or on the worship team!

Dylan Roderick

Student Ministries Pastor


Dylan is passionate to see the next generation to step into the Kingdom of God through impactful catalysts that root them into the Body of Christ. He is passionate about facilitating those impactful catalysts, whether it's through communicating a message to students on a Sunday or having a one-on-one conversation over coffee.

Dylan graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Christian Ministries. He grew up in Indiana, the land of corn, before moving to Delaware, where he met his wife, Kirsten. They have four beautiful cats together. Dylan loves coffee, video games, hiking, weight lifting, and living life in community with others.

Ted Roloson

Minister of Pastoral Care


Ted has lived in the area since 1999. He came onto the Victory staff in 2001. His service to God and the church includes teaching, counseling, visitation, funerals, and weddings. Ted has served for over 60 years in ministry to the Wesleyan Church. His many roles have included Pastor, Army Chaplain, and Dean of Students.

Ted married Emily in 2009, and they have two daughters, a son, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

In his free time, Ted enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and sailing.

Tom Meighan

Facilities Manager


Tom worked for Corning, Inc. as well as Dresser-Rand before joining the Victory team in 2017. He has a Bachelors of Science and a Certified Energy Manager certification. His diverse roles an an engineer, business consultant, and project leader have allowed him to flourish as Victory's Facilities Manager.

Tom is married to Marcy and has two adult children.

Marcy Meighan

Accounting & Office Manager


Marcy and her husband, Tom, moved from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona before settling in New York in 2000.

For several years, Marcy worked as a stay at home mom with her two children, Melanie and Thomas.

She rejoined the workforce and served at Corning Christian Academy as their Accounting and Operations Manager before moving to Schuyler Head Start to work as their Chief Financial Officer. In 2012 she landed her dream job at Victory.

Gary Hart

Minister of Pastoral Care


Gary has been a Christ follower since he was six years old, but spent time away from the Lord after his father passed in 1984. In 1990, his future wife, Candace, brought him into the Victory family, and his life was changed forever.

God healed Gary of cancer in 2002, at which point he committed himself to full-time ministry. Gary feels very blessed to serve Jesus, and he looks forward to continuing in ministry for the rest of his days on Earth.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11

Pete LoPresto

Men’s Discipleship & Recovery


Pete discovered Victory in 1999 with his family, and they loved it. Pete has been a Pastor at Victory since 2011 and helps men live in the freedom God intended for them. He is passionate about discipleship and recovery ministry.

Pete’s former employment included serving in the U.S. Army and law enforcement before working for the U.S .Postal Service and completing a 30 year career.

Pete and his wife Maureen married in 1982. They live in Corning and have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Pete loves reading and driving across the U.S. to see his family.

Carol Jimerson

Ministerial Student - Adults


Carol graduated with a degree in Leadership and Ministry from Ohio Christian University. She has written many devotionals that have been published in “Light From The Word”. Carol also wrote Grace Like Chocolate Syrup: Good Over Everything. Her writings reveal God’s abundant grace in everyday life!

Carol and her husband, Kip, married in 1981 and began their Victory journey in 2013. Carol fills many teaching roles at Victory, including co-leading the Legacy Builders group!

Carol loves her Victory family. She also enjoys writing, walking, photography, and sharing Jesus!

David Weber

Ministerial Student - Families


David is the husband of Margie Weber and proud father of a blended family of four children. He graduated from Houghton College with a B.A. in English Literature; from Syracuse University with a M.S. in School Psychology; and, from Syracuse University College of Law with a J.D.

Currently, David practices law in New York as a solo practitioner. He also serves as a Ministerial Student within the Wesleyan Church.

David spends as much time as he can with his family and friends. He is a lifelong learner and tries to improve himself and the world around him through his education and experience.

Marcia Hancy

Administrative Assistant


Marcia graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Christian Education. She has been married to her husband Paul since January of 1985, and they have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

Marcia loves volunteering as a small group leader in Student Ministries and supporting her husband as a co-host in VictoryKids. She brings her experience as an Office Manager, Operations Supervisor, and Deputy Court Clerk to the administrative staff. Marcia never met a chocolate she didn't like, and she enjoys watching movies, reading, shopping, and adventures with her husband.

Vikki Lightfoot

Administrative Assistant


Vikki began her career in administrative work at Corning Incorporated where she worked for eight years prior to starting her family. After being a stay-at-home mom and volunteering at the Christian Learning Center for ten years, she joined the Victory staff in 1998.

Vikki has been an Administrative Assistant to Pastor Paul Piraino for over twenty years. She presently assists Pastor Paul and Pastor Vaughn VanSkiver in Spiritual Formation.

Vikki loves the Christmas season and looks forward to decorating Pastor Paul’s office each year.

Brad Violette

Student Ministries Pastor


Brad loves seeing life change in students' lives. He is passionate about mentoring students to grow deeper in their relationships with God and showing them that the normal Christian life isn't boring.

Brad graduated from Kingswood University in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Ministry. He is originally from the Maritime provinces in Canada. Some of his favorite activities include spending time with his family, working on cars, and playing rugby (or any other competitive sport).

Joe Oppenheim

Sound Technician


Joe is originally from Horseheads, New York. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in 1988. Joe teaches at Corning Community College as a Computer Science Professor and has served on Victory's Tech Team for about 15 years.

Joe has two wonderful daughters. He is passionate about veganism and environmentalism. He also enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking.

Shane Maze

Worship/Creative Arts Director


Shane grew up in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania touring the country with his family band, ‘The Stuart Family’. He met his wife, Brittany, in 7th grade and the two were best friends ever since. They were married in December of 2008. Since graduating from Bloomsburg University.

Shane has been a Worship Pastor at different churches over the past 13 years, an Audio Engineer and Production Manager for BNY Productions out of Sioux City Iowa, and a founding member of the band, ‘Good Little Giants’, touring the country for the past 8 years. Shane loves hunting, motorcycles, sushi, and the Buffalo Bills!

Matt Strack

REACH & Community Groups Director


Matt has been a lay volunteer at Victory for 35+ years serving in a number of capacities before retiring from Corning Inc in 2021 and joining Victory's staff with responsibility for missions (REACH) and community groups.

Matt and his wife, Sue, have two married sons and one granddaughter. Matt enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and travel, but can also be found enjoying time at home with Sue, solving a tough crossword puzzle or savoring a good book about history. Matt's passion is to see people live beyond themselves allowing Jesus to transform them through the Bible, the body of Christ and our calling to reach the world.

Sue Strack

Receptionist/Ministry Assistant


Sue and her husband, Matt, have been involved in multiple areas of ministry since they moved to the area in 1986 and made Victory their church home after the first visit. Sue loves being outside and especially enjoys cycling, gardening, walking with friends and travelling to spend time with their married sons and granddaughter.

With an administrative work background and previous experience as Victory’s Missions Coordinator, Sue is delighted to be on staff as the Receptionist and Ministry Assistant to REACH and Community Groups.

Melissa Homer

Preschool and Special Needs Coordinator


Melissa and her husband, Scott have been married since August of 2006. They have one son, Caleb. They have had eight foster sons.

They have been attending Victory for many years. Melissa started working for Victory a few years ago in the nursery and Victory's Special Needs Ministry (known as J.O.Y.). Melissa recently expanded her horizon to include Victory's preschool ministry we call BigHouse. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, so when God gave her the chance to teach children about being a devoted follower of Jesus, she followed his lead.

She really enjoys family time, camping, picnicking, shopping, helping others, and traveling.

Rachel Buono

Operations Assistant


Rachel is the Operations Assistant to Tom and Marcy Meighan. She has an angel in Heaven, Madelyn, and two earthly daughters, Emily and Marlayna. She joined Victory's staff after being home with her girls for 8 years. Prior to that, Rachel spent over a decade in various procurement roles for large corporations. She currently also has a side gig grating cheese.

Rachel holds tight to the Lord's promise and provision in 2 Cor 1: 3-4: "...the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."

She enjoys being with her family and friends, playing with her yellow lab, Zoey, playing board games and practical jokes, and belting tunes alone in her car. She loves laughing and finding Blessings in difficult situations.

Liz Stratton

Visuals Coordinator


Liz grew up at Victory and has volunteered in the Tech Department for over 10 years. She enjoys editing videos and learning new things about technology. When she isn’t working, she also enjoys fishing and spending time with her husky, Sasha.

Jody Shippey

Resident Intern/Worship & Creative Arts


Jody is originally from Michigan. She graduated from Kingswood University (Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada) in 2020 with a degree in Worship Arts and has interned in both the Youth and Worship/Creative Arts departments. She is passionate about worship, developing future generations and plans to continue serving in these capacities where ever the Lord takes her!

TJ Kenney

Resident Intern/Worship & Creative Arts


TJ grew up in a military family and has lived all over the country, although he calls Virginia, home. He graduated in May 2020 from Liberty University with a degree in Digital Media: Audio. He has a passion for worship tech as well as film. TJ has two adorable pups, Molly and Wyatt. In his free time he is an avid gamer, but he also loves to read and go to firing ranges.

Ron Leonard

Board Member


Ron has attended Victory for over 36 years and during that time spent numerous years serving on the Victory’s Board as well as a Trustee. Additionally, he enjoyed several years as a volunteer in Student Ministries and was involved with Men’s ministries, coordinating activities with Promise Keepers.

Ron and his wife, Deb, have a son and daughter both married with a young granddaughter and a grandson expected to arrive in January 2022. Most of their time is spent operating Keuka Lakeside Inn located in Hammondsport and traveling to see their family.

Victory has provided a strong foundation for he and his family through the years and his desire is for this church to continue being a beacon in the region and to reach those that are lost by continuing to offer relevant teaching and ministries with a solid gospel message.

Dwight Chapman

Chairman of the Trustees


Dwight is married to his wife, Ginger, and has been blessed with two adult children and five grandchildren. Dwight has been a part of Victory for fifty years, beginning when the church was Riverside Wesleyan, and has served as a home group co-leader, information desk, usher, building committee member and as a trustee. Dwight enjoys doing woodworking and reading various types of books. Two of my favorite verses are Phil.4:13 and Isaiah 40:31. He desires that God continues to bless our Church as we seek him, listen to Him, and do His will.

Meghan Frisbie

Board Member


Meghan has attended Victory Highway Church since 2009. She and her husband have two children. Meghan has served in many different areas of the church, including children and student ministries. She has been on mission trips, taught classes, and led teen and adult small groups. She enjoys cooking, camping, and spending time with her family. Meghan’s passion is for people to accept the gift of God’s grace and experience the life-changing power of Jesus.

Todd Carr

Lay Vice-Chairman


Todd has attended Victory for the past 26+ years with his wife Vanessa. They have served together in Children’s ministries for most of that time. Todd has also served on Victory’s Local Board of Administration for ~20 years, as well as, participating in several Victory productions. His four sons grew up attending Victory as did he when it was known as Riverside Wesleyan Church. Blessed with a growing family, the Carrs delight in their three daughter-in-laws and their first grandson.

During the week, Todd teaches middle and high school Art at Avoca Central School. Teaching - using drama, visuals, singing and creativity, to help people emotionally connect with the truth of the gospel - draws Todd closer to God, and brings joy. Todd marvels at, seeks to understand and share the gregarious winsome nature of Christ, the charisma and discernment that Jesus embodied, the way people flocked to him to experience his miracles, healing, teaching, and perfect love.

Todd takes seriously the call to “…Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have….” 1 Peter 3:15

Andy Deguire

Board Member


Andy grew up here in the Finger Lakes region outside of Canandaigua. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married for over thirty years and have three children, Eli and Annie, twins at Liberty University and Jane, who is in high school. Our family started serving by pulling weeds out front at Victory which grew into a garden/landscaping ministry with great fellowship. Andy has also served alongside Kelly while she led Children's Ministry and has also served as small group leader in Student Ministries, served to support church events and just doing whatever is needed in the church. Currently, Andy serves on Victory’s Board as well as in the Creative Arts team as a sound technician in the main sanctuary. Luke 16:10 is a favorite verse “whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much…”

Andy graduated with an MBA from University of Rochester Simon School of business and is currently the CFO/COO for Storflex in Painted Post. Andy enjoys time with his family, hiking, golfing and relaxing doing puzzles during the winter.

Rick Barber

Board Member


Rick is married to his wife, Cindy, and has 5 children along with 5 grandchildren. He has served in a variety of capacities at Victory as well as other churches. At Elmira Wesleyan (now Victory – Elmira Campus), he and Cindy served as ministry leaders for Celebrate Recovery Leader and has also served the Lord as a Video Tech, Youth Leader, Pastor and Youth Pastor in other churches. Rick loves to play the piano/keyboards as well as enjoys cooking and gardening. His life verse is Rom 8:28 believing that God indeed “works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Shawn Corey

Treasurer


Shawn grew up in northern Maine. He met his wife, Christina, while they were students at Indiana Wesleyan University. They have two children, Lucas & Anna. After graduating from law school, Shawn was a municipal attorney for 13 years before God led in a different direction. Shawn is now a Financial Advisor with the Davies Investment Group of Benjamin F Edwards. Outside of work, he can be found at his children's sporting events, serving on his local school board, or rooting on his favorite sports teams, the Red Sox, Patriots, and the Liverpool Football Club.

Shawn has served on the Finance Committee since 2013 and is currently in his second year as Victory's Treasurer.

Shawn's favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 because it reminds us of the true source of wisdom.

Anne Capper

Board Member


Originally from the Boston area, Ann has faithfully attended Victory with her husband, Steve, since moving to Corning in 1992 with their children. She co-founded the first Children’s Ministries Team and has served at the church in a variety of ways throughout the years, including Building Team member, women’s ministry and iServe. Currently, she is a leader of a community group and the Victory Prayer Group. She also invests considerable time each week volunteering with Corning Community Food Pantry, where she is a board member. One of her daughters is a missionary in West Africa, while her two other children and son-in-law live and work locally. For health and relaxation, Ann enjoys swimming and gardening, as well as walking with family and friends.

One of Ann’s desires for Victory is that each of us recognizes that we are uniquely designed for a specific purpose, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Dana Coots

Board Member


Dana and his wife, Amy, have three children, two that are in college and the other in 4th grade.

Dana and his family have been coming to Victory for 20+ years. He has been a volunteer serving in a number of capacities during this time; in children and student ministries, helping his wife facilitate marriage and parenting adult Sunday school classes, missions trip, and serving as a greeter/usher on Sunday mornings.

Dana has many hobbies, such as exercising/running, hunting, boating, and spending time and doing projects with his family around their home. Dana's passion is to help Victory reach the lost locally and globally. His favorite verse is Ephesians 4:13 “I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”

Andrew Bannister

Board Member


Originally from rural Missouri, Andrew moved to this area in 2011 to work for Cargill, Inc. Andrew married his college sweetheart, Abby, in 2010 and they have 4 beautiful children. Andrew has served @ Victory by leading pre-marriage classes, volunteering in children’s ministry and has led Healing Journey classes. Andrew loves enjoying God’s creation in the great outdoors and has a passion for seeing the miracle working power of Jesus in the lives of the broken as He did in his own life!

Maggie Frisbie

Secretary of the Board


Maggie is married to her high school sweetheart Cameron, and they have been coming to Victory for over ten years! Together they have two tiny pups and are expecting their first child in spring 2022. They are passionate about prayer, doing life together with their community group, and serving the local church. Maggie has a heart for students and empowering people to grow their faith beyond just Sunday mornings.

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