Church Staff

James Smith

James Smith

Senior Pastor

James began at Faith Fellowship as an intern in 2010, working in mens’ ministry, small group discipleship, outreach events, and teaching. James completed his training with Faith Fellowship, eventually becoming ordained an Associate Pastor in 2017.

Originally trained to be a financial analyst, he holds a bachelor’s degree in financial information and analysis from Clarkson University, and is completing his Master’s in ministry through the Antioch School of Church-planting and Leadership Development.

He and his wife Nicole (see below) live just outside of the city, and are parents to three kids.

Mike Bartholomew

Teaching Pastor

Mike began his journey with Faith Fellowship in 1979, the year the church was founded. He trained under the founding pastor, Dave Larkin for many years, serving as the Associate Pastor and later becoming the Senior Pastor in 1991. Mike served for 27 years in this position, before stepping down in 2018 to work part-time as a teaching pastor. He now works primarily in developing and teaching discipleship curriculum and helping young leaders recognize and develop their gifts.

Mike and his wife Connie raised their two children and lived in Watertown for most of those years, just recently moving to the Black River area where they built a new home.

Nicole Smith

Music Ministry Director

Nicole grew up in Faith Fellowship, developing a love for worship music. Nicole trained under then-Associate Pastor Tim Grant for several years before attending and graduating from Crane School of Music. She now holds a Master’s in music education from Stephen Austin University.

Pastor James and Nicole met at one of the church’s Connect groups in 2010, and were married the following year. They share a passion for foster care, speaking, and traveling whenever they can.

Andy & Jaqueline King

FFYouth Directors

Andrew and Jaqueline became a part of Faith Fellowship in 2001, working in music ministry and KidsChurch environments for many years. They took over FFYouth and KidsChurch together in 2017, integrating a number of new community-outreach ideas into the ministry.

Andrew and Jaqueline live in Watertown, where they homeschool their two daughters. They share a love of travel, trying new food, and live music.

Michelle Mitchell

Kids Church Director

Michelle came to Faith Fellowship through an invitation from a member where she attended our Sunday service. She became the Kids Church Director in the fall of 2019. Michelle has been involved kids ministry since 2005 and we were blessed to have her join our team.

Michelle has an Associated in Business Fashion from Midway University in Midway, Kentucky. She and her husband Roy grew up in Southeast Indiana and moved to the North Country courtesy of the military in 2002. Michelle enjoys reading a good book, the outdoors, and being with her family.

Sybil Stanton

Business Manager/Administrative Assistant

Sybil made her way to Faith Fellowship by being a host parent to two exchange students that attended Faith Fellowship School. She was brought on as the Business Manager in the fall of 2018 and added Administrative Assistant to her resume in the fall of 2019.

Sybil has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from State University of New York Morrisville. Sybil has a passion for health and wellness, basketball, ranching, and of course traveling whenever she can.

Jenn Shear

Secretary

Jenn was introduced to Faith Fellowship through one of our connect groups, which she loved. She then became secretary of the Church in the fall of 2017. Jenn has ventured into various humanitarian efforts that shows her heart for others.

Jenn grew up in Bronx, NY and moved to the North Country in 1999 where she married the love of her life. Jenn and her husband have two kids and enjoy spending time with each other.

Our mission is:

“To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”

Faith Fellowship Christian School

Did you know that in addition to Sunday services, we offer a complete Pre-school through 12th grade Christian education program?