Rev. Alan Rudnick, Pastor
Reverend Alan R. Rudnick is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, NY. As Pastor, Reverend Rudnick looks to continue the great tradition at First Baptist Church and renewing the church into discipleship, worship, education, mission, and outreach. He was also accepted into the Lewis Fellows Program housed at Wesley Theological Seminary for the 2010-2011 cohort.
In addition to being an ordained minister, Rev. Rudnick is the author of “The Work of the Associate Pastor” published by Judson Press and an Albany Times Union Featured Blogger. Recently, Reverend Rudnick began serving on two leadership boards at the national level: The General Board of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A. and Board of Directors for National Ministries, the Home Mission Society of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A.
Reverend Rudnick graduated from Eastern University cum laude in 2003. Upon graduation, he was accepted to Palmer Theological Seminary and graduated in 2006 with a Master of Divinity. The day after graduation Reverend Rudnick was ordained into the American Baptist Churches U.S.A.
In his 11th year of ministry, Reverend Rudnick has served in churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania and recently was an associate pastor at an United Methodist Church in Maryland from 2006 to 2008. Throughout college and seminary, Reverend Rudnick served as a youth minister, intern, hospital chaplain, and pastoral assistant. He was a teaching assistant at Eastern University and a Dean’s assistant at Palmer Theological Seminary.
In addition, Reverend Rudnick is a former two-time NCAA All-Conference Division III lacrosse athlete and a former assistant coach at Hood College (MD) and Eastern University (PA). His wife, Christine, Rowan (son), and Evangeline (daughter) are a source of strength and love.
Darryl Drew, Director of Music
Darryl is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, (BS and MS in Music Education), attended the College of Saint Rose and received the District Administrator certification, and is a retired school music teacher, having taught in the Scotia-Glenville Central Schools for 33 years. He has served the Lord in various churches in music ministry for 45 years as organist/pianist/choir director, bell choir director, arranger and orchestrator, and for over a decade served Sacandaga Bible Conference in Broadalbin, NY, as Music Director. Mr. Ed Lyman, missionary/teacher/vocal soloist to China, continues to use Darryl’s original orchestral accompaniment CDs in his ministry in the Far East and throughout the world. Darryl has recorded a CD “Musical Moments Made For Worship.” He has been married to Rita for 44 years, is the father of two children, Laurinda (Halliday) and Dennis, and has 3 grandchildren, Brian, Jennifer and Leo.
Darryl is also a composer, orchestrator and arranger of music with several compositions to his name: the youth musical “Imaga-Naction Cele-C ncoction” (a model showcase for NYS Imagination Celebration); the youth musical “Shine On Lady, Shine On” (composed for the100th anniversary of The Statue of Liberty); the Easter cantata “Footprints of Jesus”; “Tears In the Harbor” (based on the events of 9/11). He has directed several theater productions at RPI, in local public and private schools, SLOC, and Family Players of Northeastern New York: “Guys and Dolls,” “The King and I,” “Fiddler On the Roof,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Anything Goes,” “Belle of the West,” “West Side Story,” “Hello Dolly,” “Cabaret,” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Camelot,” “Oliver,” “The Sound of Music,” ”Some Enchanted Evening,” “Greese,” “Secret Garden,” “HONK!,” “Little Women,” “The Music Man,” and “Seussical The Musical.” He is a published writer: “The Impact of the Regents Action Plan on Music Education in New York State Schools” (NYSSMA Music News-1989; SAANYS Journal -1989) and has developed a general music curriculum: “The Use of the Ukulele in the General Music Classroom.”
Stephen Stewart, Youth Minister
Stephen brings a wealth of experience working with youth in this area and abroad. He worked at Willowfield Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland from 2008-2009. Stephen assisted with an active youth ministry there and helped supervise kids clubs, after school programs, school visits, retreats, and church services in Northern Ireland. Locally, he served with Schenectady City Life in Schenectady, NY at their weekly outreach program and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center with youth retreats and camps. Also, Stephen volunteered with Youth for Christ’s Excel retreat weekend in 2012. In addition, Stephen was a AmeriCorps Youth Worker, Youth Recreational Center, in Cambridge, NY
Justina Danison, Office Administrator
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