Sean Pierce, Lead Pastor
Sean moved to the capital region from Maine to attend seminary in Schenectady. After pastoring and church planting in Vermont and in northern New York, he returned to lead a regional network of Baptist churches. He still leads this ministry part-time as he also leads River. His real passion is helping people experience life change that comes from knowing and following Jesus and then watching God use them in extraordinary ways. He is married to his college sweetheart, Susan. They have eight grown or mostly grown children, all living in New York. In his spare time, Sean loves spending time in the outdoors with his family. They backpack, hike, canoe, hunt, and fish. In fact, they have hiked the famous 130-mile Adirondack Northville-Placid Trail. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine, a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Gateway Seminary. He has been an adjunct instructor for Davis College, Word of Life Bible Institute, and Mid-America. One fun fact, he’s a New England Patriots fan but don’t hold that against him, at least not too much.
Dan Hulbert, Associate Pastor
Dan grew up moving up and down the East coast, settling in the Capital Region for high school. He attended the University at Albany for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, met his wife Lisa while there, and settled into Guilderland over 20 years ago. They have 12 children, some grown, some still little. They spend their free time with them playing board games, watching movies, and playing and watching hockey, the Boston Bruins, of course…
Dan has been a high school math teacher for nearly 30 years and has served in various leadership roles at church for longer than that. He became a pastor for River of Life in 2018, and manages the business of the church, as well as the Children’s programs and small groups, which we call Life Groups. His hope for the work he does for the church is that people will surrender their lives to Jesus, and seek to be more like Him, so that everyone can hear the words of Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
Steve Hall, Pastor of Care and Hospitality
Steve was raised in Saratoga County. After serving in the military and graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh, Steve helped to plant Calvary Chapel of the Capital District. There he ministered on the church board, served as the youth minister, and preached in a supporting role on Sundays. In his late thirties, Steve decided to supplement his ministry experience and completed an extensive array of seminary courses. With nearly twenty years’ experience in education, behavioral management, and trauma recovery, Steve has a passion for helping people seek Jesus and His guidance to overcome struggles they may be facing in their relationships and daily lives. Having a passion for care ministry, he studied Biblical Counseling through Mid America Institute of Nouthetic Studies and is currently completing the Foundations of Biblical Counseling Program at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). Steve and his wife Megan moved to the Guilderland area in 2018 and quickly became part of the River of Life Family. Steve enjoys teaching, writing, restoring furniture, and spending time with his wife and their dog.