Pastors & Staff

George Prior

Head Pastor

Pastor Prior began his ministry in Utica NY where he met his wife Patti in 1985. They were married for 37 years before the Lord chose to take her to be with him in 2022. Pastor Prior has two children: Kacie 25 and Connor 13. Pastor George served as youth leader at Grace Bible church, later to serve at Melcroft Assembly of God as Youth Pastor and Board member for 13 years. He also served as lead Pastor in Ligonier Pennsylvania where he resides today. Pastor Prior is a graduate of Grace Bible institute in 1986 from Rome NY. He also took various courses for ministry from Berean School of the Bible Springfield Missouri. George has been an ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God since 2006. While serving under the Assemblies since 1986. He also served at Abundant Grace Assembly of God in Blairsville PA as lead Pastor. Pastor George strongly believes in the disipliship of the church and that their hearts willl be drawn closer to the Lord. He believes that the church will grow deeper in love with Christ. They will pursue God, worship Jesus and therefore change the world. Their desire will be to reach their community.through personal evangelism and collective intentional outreach through their local body of believers.

James Powell

Associate and Family Life Pastor

Pastor James has been serving in ministry since 2011, and serving at Tree of Life since 2021. He has been able to work with youth and young adults in many different areas of ministry, and strives to reach the younger generations for Christ. He received his Bachelor's in Christian Leadership in 2014, and his ministerial credentials through the Assemblies of God in 2016. He is furthering his education toward second level through the Assemblies of God to become licensed. His wife, Melanie, has been serving in ministries with him since 2017. Having graduated with two degrees in business and marketing, in 2018, she has used that education to reach the lost in new ways in the church setting through media, young adult, and youth programs. They are both also active in media ministries, serving to reach those that are online, and hoping to connect to Christ through technology.

Kacie Prior

Youth  & Media Director

Kacie has been serving the Youth at Tree of Life since 2021. Kacie also serves on the media team developing videos and managing social media. She has received her bachelors degree in marketing from Geneva College in 2020 and hopes to use this to further the development of the church team. She believes in developing this generation of youth to serve God and share their faith with those at school and in their communities. Kacie believes in making youth group a place that your youth feel comfortable attending and ensuring that they feel that God loves them no matter their past or struggles. 

Meet the Board

Peggy Carey

Board member and Teacher

Kim Gallagher

Board Member

Mike McElfresh

Board Member and Teacher

Board Member

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