Our Leadership | Starpoint Church

Dr. Roscoe Lilly

Lead & Founding Pastor

roscoe@starpoint.church Pastor Roscoe started Starpoint Church after God gave him a vision and a passion for helping people in Upstate New York meet Jesus. He is a gifted communicator who each week shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. In his free time he loves any type of fishing, hunting, working with his bees, and spending time with his sweet family. Living in upstate New York provides him with more opportunities than time to enjoy this beautiful world God created. Pastor Roscoe holds a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University in Religion with a minor in Business. He also has a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity Degree. He earned his Doctorate in 2013. He is married to his best friend, Maryanna, and they have 3 beautiful children. Super-Important to Know: He writes with his left hand but does everything else with his right hand!

Kevin Brustle

Worship Arts Pastor

kevin@starpoint.church Pastor Kevin is a native of the Capital District and has a bachelors degree in Music Education.  Kevin has been a worship pastor for almost 20 years serving in multiple ministries and churches in the Capital Reign. He and his wife, April have 4 children, including twins! He enjoys movies, hiking and food of all kinds.  He is passionate in helping people grow closer to God and experience the joyful, amazing life that God has for each and every person.

Kelley Johnson

Children’s Ministry Director

kelley@starpoint.church Kelley grew up in Stockton, MD, a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her college years were spent at Virginia Tech, where she met her husband, Rich. After graduating, she taught high school chemistry until they moved to Florida and had their first daughter, Rachel. Almost four years later, their second daughter, Katherine, was born. Four years after that they moved to New York and started attending Starpoint. Kelley is so thankful for the impact Starpoint has had on her children and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of our church family. She now dedicates her time and talents making sure every child’s time at Starpoint is the best hour of their week!

Ernie Schenk

Care Pastor

ernie@starpoint.church  Pastor Ernie was born in Fort Myers, FL and moved to upstate NY when he was 9. After graduating high school he proudly served his country for three years in the U.S. Army. He married his high school sweetheart, Amie in 1991. He graduated from Houghton College in 1996 and his first child, James was born in 1997. He settled down in Niskayuna, NY in 1999 and was graced with Daniel in 2005 and Elizabeth in 2011. After serving at a church in Niskayuna for fourteen years, God led Ernie and his family to Starpoint in 2013. Super-Important to Know: Ernie makes a mean chili!

Claire Walton

Office Manager

claire@starpoint.church  Claire grew up in the Capital District and after 15 years living in Connecticut is excited to be back.  Claire got an education degree from Canisius College before marrying her high school prom date in 2003.  She is kept busy at home by her twin boys and daughter.  She loves using her background in education to teach in the children’s ministry here.  Claire’s favorite place to be is Brant Lake, home to her family’s vacation house.

Tim Sheldon

Student Ministry Director

tim@starpoint.church Tim originally hails from a small town just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he grew up actively involved in his youth group and the church. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Calvin University, Tim spent much of his free time volunteering with Young Life, a Christian ministry that reaches out to High School and Middle School aged kids. After college, Tim interned at a church before moving to the Capital Region to complete a volunteer service year with AmeriCorps VISTA. It was during this time that God led him to Starpoint, and he’s been hooked on New York ever since. When he isn’t serving at Starpoint or hanging out with our awesome students, Tim can be found literally anywhere outside–from the mountains to his garden–experiencing God’s beautiful Creation.

Kacee Johnston

Children’s Ministry Director

kacee@starpoint.church Kacee is an Arizona native who loves her husband, Joel, so much she followed him to the cold climate of the Capital District.  They have been married for 10 years and have 3 young kiddos.  Kacee’s passionate about connecting with others which is why she is perfectly fit for kids ministry. 

Joanna Yesse

Base Camp (4th & 5th Grade) Director 

Joanna grew up in Ballston Spa moving to Galway when she was 15. She attended Junior College of Albany then Eastern University and received her Masters in Counseling from SUNY Albany. It was during that time she started volunteering in Student Ministry and has served at several churches since then. She married Guy who was serving in the Air Force and took a military assignment in Maryland where they had Christian and Carol. Joanna enjoyed serving as Youth Pastor at their church there. Twelve years later the Air Force moved them back to NY. Joanna discovered Starpoint through a Bloom event and the family is excited to worship and serve here. Joanna’s goal is to show the 4th and 5th graders in Basecamp just how amazing a life with Christ can be.

Laura Marchese

Planet (K5 – 3 Grade) Director

Laura was born and raised here in the Clifton Park area.  She attended college at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC and earned a degree in Bible and Communication. She’s married to Nick and they have 3 cute kids, Elise, Caroline, and Jackson. God led her and her family to Starpoint Church in 2018. Laura jumped right in wherever she could: attending a Growth Group, helping with Bloom, and serving in the Planet.  She wants all kids to look forward to church all week and feel connected when they step through the doors.

Kim Carr

GGG (6 wks – 5yrs old) Director

Kim grew up in Rome, New York and went to SUNY@Plattsburgh where she met her husband Rich.  She moved to Albany where she received her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose.  Kim and Rich have three beautiful children, Lauren, Alex, and Marissa. She works as a Speech Therapist for the Schenectady City School District and has now been provided the amazing opportunity to serve as the Director of God’s Growing Garden. With her children now in high school and college, she is looking forward to spending her free time ensuring every child’s time at Starpoint is the best hour of their week, and that they grow up knowing that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.

Clyde Ronk

Community Service Director

Clyde@starpoint.church Clyde is passionate about serving the community, especially the homeless.  He is a retired pharmacist who now spends his free time on his hobbies of playing music and classic cars.

Peggy Ronk

Facilities Cleaner

Peggy is a passionate prayer warrior and the leader of our prayer team. She has a gift for baking, even running her own baking business.  

Jim Adams

Facilities Grounds and Maintenance

Jim is a native of Pennsylvania.  It is where he met his wife and started a family. Jimhas been coming to Starpoint since 2013 when they moved to this area.  You might catch him driving around in his classic muscle car.