Redeeming Love EldersMeet our Elder Team
Woodly & Shelly Zacek
Lead Pastor / Elder
Pastor Woodly has been a part of Redeeming Love since he was a young chilld with his family at Rev. Smallman’s cabin. He attended Cornell University to study math education. In addition he was a four year member of the varsity football team and President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus. After receiving his degree Pastor Woodly moved home and began serving in the youth ministry at the church. In addition he became a high school math teacher at Holland Patent Central Schools and a coach. After several years or ministry and mentorship from Pastor Ron Smallman he received his License to Minister through Elim Fellowship and is presently ordained. Pastor Woodly continues to teach math at HP where he also serves as the varsity football coach. He also holds his master’s degree in education from Walden University.
Pastor Woodly’s life was marked by powerful encounters as a young child at Camp Shiloh a summer youth camp. Those experiences helped instil a hunger for the presence of God. At Cornell he grew in his relationship with the Lord and was strengthened by deep friendships and powerful leadership lessons serving with FCA. Little did he know how the Lord would use those lessons in the days to come. At the end of his time at Cornell the Lord spoke very clearly to his heart to return home to Central New York. Pastor Woodly has a desire God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” He believes strongly that with God all things are possible and desires to see people released into their full potential in their areas of influence. He likes to say that “church is not a spectator sport,” and God desires to use each one of us to minister the way that Jesus ministered.
In 2011 Pastor Woodly married his beautiful wife Shelly. Shelly works as an itinerant pre-school special education teacher. She has a hunger to see the presence of God made manifest in people’s lives.
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