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Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
                                        Welcome Pastor Simon and Charity Knighten! Simon was born in Texas and raised in Louisiana.  He met Charity in Arkansas where they were married in 2002.  Simon has his bachelor’s degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and his Master’s of Divinity from Beeson Divinity College in Birmingham, Alabama.  Simon is currently in the process of obtaining his PhD in New Testament Biblical Studies from McMaster Divinity College with expected finish date of 2021.  Simon has over 25 years of ministry experience. 
Simon and Charity love spending time together, they do a lot of reading, and play with their puppy, Flower.  They look forward to meeting and getting to know each and every one at Gowanda Free Methodist and are excited to start worshiping with you all.
Incredible Support Staff (paid & volunteer):
Simon Knighten, Lead Pastor
Laura Hammond, Administrator
Sheila Crouse, Administrative Assistant
Dan Moyer, Director of AV
Christopher Musanté, Social Media
Cheryl Crouse, Custodian
George Hutchinson, Treasurer
Theresa Jamieson, Librarian 
Brian Bobseine, Chairman of the Trustees
Mike & Sandie Johnson, Connections Ministry Director
Jay Ondus, Building Project Committee Chair
Cindy Igel, Linda Musanté – Missions Coordinators
Mary Crouse, Kitchen Director
Janine Wakelam, Christian Education Director