Elders & Deacons

Pastor Steven Graham

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Born in Biddeford, Maine in 1949. I grew up in Maine, North Carolina, back to Maine, and then back to North Carolina finally moving to Miami, Florida at the age of nine. Graduated from Miami Central High School, attended Miami Dade Community College with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts.

It was while I was in Community College that I came to faith in Christ. This new faith changed my life and rather continue my education to acquire a degree in art I changed my major to theology and attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri after two years I moved to attend Baptist University of America in Hallendale, Florida. Having finished my course of study, I moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts to assist in the planting of a reformed baptist church in 1975. I have remained with this church, Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel, until the present.

I married my high school sweet heart, Paula, and we were blessed with three children Nate, Stephanie, and Zack. Our children have blessed us with five grandchildren to date. Theologically, I am a reformed baptist holding the London Confession as the sum in short of what I believe the Bible Teaches theologically. We are an independent church, belonging to no denomination, yet we do belong to the Reformed Baptist Network which is an association of churches of like faith and theology with which we cooperate in order to send missionaries and assist in planting new churches throughout the world and America.

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Pastor Andrew Guidara

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I was raised mostly in Baptist Churches throughout my childhood. Most of my elementary education was spent at Whitinsville Christian School. My mother, who has been a great godly influence to me, sent me to Baptist Village Academy for High School. Despite being sent to Christian Schools, and going to church Sunday after Sunday, I was not close to God. I did not know Him. I was far from Him. I hated Him. I was not yet redeemed.

At seventeen years old, on a hot summer afternoon, for the first time in my life, I felt the great weight of my sin, and was found by Christ. At that moment, and ever since, the Bible made sense to me. The Bible opened my eyes to the truth of God’s creation, my sinful nature, and the power, justice, grace and glory of God.

I have been attending and serving at PVBC since 2009. I love PVBC! It truly is a bright light in a dark world. I earned a B.A. in  Biblical Studies from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. In 2008-2009 I also studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. I am married to my beautiful wife Gisell and was recently blessed with my little baby girl. I enjoy playing guitar and bass, writing music, cooking, surfing, and riding roller coasters. Without coffee I am not sure I would be alive today. (J/K)

—Pastor Andrew Guidara
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Fran Deschaine - Deacon

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I was raised up most of my life as a Catholic until 1982. That is when I found a more excellent way to live out my life. My wife and I were living in a small apartment when we met our now Pastor. We found out at a friend’s mother’s wake how very knowledgeable he was in scripture. About a year later we were not getting anything out of the Catholic Church spiritually, so we decided to check out Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel. We had intended to go to other churches. The day we went the Pastor was preaching God’s word. That is when God spoke to my wife and I and that day we gave our hearts to the Lord.

In 1986 our church purchased a new building because our old building was too small. I believe in 1989 I was brought on as a Deacon in training. It was a little later that we had a church split and I was put in charge of treasurer and deacon of my church. I have been treasurer for the past 26 years. It was tough at first because we lost 70% of our members. God has been blessing our Church since then and as long as we continue to do His will in our church we will continue to grow both spiritually and financially.

In His service;
Francis Deschaine
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Mike Boober - Deacon

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I serve as one of the deacons here at Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel. I have been married to my wife Patricia for 37 years and we have 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren. I became a believer in 1981 when I heard a message preached by Pastor Graham from Romans 5:8. I have served as Sunday School Teacher and was the Youth Director for about 15 years.

I also volunteer as an assistant Program Director at Pinebrook Camp for the past 26 years. At the camp I was working at my full time job. The Lord spoke to me and started a Youth Rally and that has been 21 years. For the last 14 years I have also been a high school official for basketball.

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Dan Marra - Deacon

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Last Updated March 21, 2019
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