Our Pastoral Team


  • Joshua Stewart

    LEAD PASTOR

    A native of Orange County, New York, Pastor Josh began his tenure as Lead Pastor of Bedford Community Church in September of 2020. A former Vice President of Investments with Bank of America Investment Services, he earned a Bachelors of Science from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. After heeding the call to ministry, he completed his Masters of Divinity from Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary. In 2012, he completed the Arrow Leadership Program, an International Christian Leadership Cohort in Vancouver, BC. From 2009-2020, he served as Senior Associate Pastor at Goodwill Church in Montgomery, New York, and as Lead Pastor of their inaugural multi-site location in New Paltz, New York.


    Pastor Josh’s passion is to see lives authentically transformed by the person and power of Jesus Christ. Fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, it is his heart’s desire to see BCC flourish as both a multicultural local expression of the body of Christ as well as an influence for the Kingdom of God on a worldwide scale. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys spending time writing, hiking the ‘Gunks, reading widely, playing sports (particularly soccer and golf), running Spartan Races with his wife, fly fishing with his dad, and spending intentional time with his family and friends.


    Married to his college sweetheart Denise since 1994, they have three adult children (Caleb, Noah and Emily) and three rambunctious boxers (Cali, Deuce and Cooper). Denise has her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and is the founder of Tree of Life Counseling Center in Montgomery. It is their hope and intention to spend their lives in wholehearted service to Christ and His Church.


  • Sarah Samson

    EXECUTIVE PASTOR

    I am currently the Executive Pastor (XP). I have been at BCC since December 2015.  I love having the opportunity to work with our Senior Pastor and our Staff to not only advance the kingdom of God but to also help BCC and our family become all that God has for us to be. 


    I have an BS in Education, a minor in Music from SUNY Fredonia, and a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.   I have taught Pre-K, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and a quick year serving as a principal. I spent 4 years as an adjunct professor teaching Spiritual formation, and  leadership at Nyack College, all before becoming a Pastor. 


    I have a wonderful furry cat baby named Pippa.  She is amazing.  I love Christmas and all things Christmas.  I enjoy making pies in my free time and reading.  And if I can get away any where I am usually going to go to the mountains and the lake. I absolutely love boxed Mac and Cheese (store brand)…Like really love it, and if it’s shells it’s even better.


    Favorite Verse:

    For am I now seeking the favor of people, or of God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. -Galations 1:10


Our ELDERS + STAFF

  • John Goodrich

    ELDER BOARD CHAIR

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  • Rob Dundon

    Elder

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  • Grif Griffin

    ELDER

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  • JOE GRIFFIN

    ELDER

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  • David Macdonald

    ELDER

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  • MARK PURCELL

    ELDER

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  • Laura GOODRICH

    TREASURER

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  • Lisa Bruno

    Director of Care

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  • MELISSA CANCRO

    DIRECTOR OF

    CHILDREN'S DISCIPLESHIP

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  • Julissa Fernandez

    DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION + MEDIA

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  • Roberto Florian

    BUILDING MANAGER

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  • DeAnna Pastore

    Director of Growth Groups

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  • JEREMIAH WINGERDEN

    DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP ARTS

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  • Heather Zimmer

    CHILDREN'S WORSHIP COORDINATOR

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  • ANDREW Ghobrial

    DIRECTOR OF Emerging Generations

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