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.

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.

Miriam Larkin

Business Manager

Miriam is originally from Clarence, NY and currently lives in Watertown with her husband Abel and their 3 children. Her connection to Faith Fellowship is through her husband, who grew up with Faith Fellowship as his church home. They attended here together for quite a few years before moving on to become a part of River of Life Fellowship in Copenhagen, NY.

Miriam has an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Erie Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Empire State College. Along with spending time with family, she enjoys baking, singing & playing piano, doing anything active (especially REFIT®), and being outdoors.

Mariah Reiswig

Church Secretary / Administrative Assistant

Mariah and her husband came to Faith Fellowship Church by way of the US Army. They started attending Sunday services and got involved right away with volunteering and holding small groups on Ft Drum. Mariah joined our team in January of 2020 as our church secretary.

Mariah and her husband grew up in Fargo, ND and moved to the North Country in June of 2018. She attended Raven Crest Bible College right out of high school where she grew her knowledge of apologetic’s and the importance of living by God’s Word. She and her husband got married soon after and have two beautiful kids. Mariah has a passion of riding horses, fitness, singing and worship with her family back home, and swimming whenever she can.

Tupuana Maya Morales

Youth Ministry Leader
“Tupuana was raised in Olympia, WA with a very large family in the Christian Faith. Her and her husband, Pablo moved here three years ago and started attending Faith Fellowship right away “Since then I have had a welcoming sense of home.” They have three boys which keeps them especially busy! Aside from being an amazing boy mom, Tupuana Also enjoys a variety of sports, and polynesian dancing.

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?