Our Leaders

Elders & Deacons

Brad Guenther

Lead Pastor

Brad grew up in Louisiana and Niskayuna. He graduated from the University at Albany and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Terri, are high school sweethearts and they have two grown children: Abby and Josh.
They planted Immanuel Church in 2004 after serving three other churches in New York and North Carolina.
Interests: reading (theology and history); and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kevin Post

Executive Pastor

Kevin and his wife Kelly grew up in Troy and now live in Averill Park.  They have been at Immanuel since 2020. He has worked for Capital District Youth For Christ since 1988 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. It was through YFC that they met while in high school.
They enjoy kayaking, biking and walking/hiking and spending time with family.

Jim Guenther

Missions Pastor

Kevin Booth


Kevin is from Pittsburgh (and a proud Steelers fan) but has been part of Immanuel from almost the start. He works at Regeneron in Rensselaer. He and his wife, Meg, have two grown children.
Interests: Shooting, hunting, and storytelling.

Larry Pitts


Larry, his wife Cindy, and their two children Jacob and Emily have worshiped at Immanuel since 2011. They love music, laughter, reading, exploring God's creation, and opening their home to everyone.
Larry grew up in East Greenbush and is the Director of Design at Plug Power, where he has developed hydrogen power technology since 1998.

Stas Kondracki

Lead Deacon

Stas is originally from Dutchess County, moved to Rensselaer County in middle school.
Married to beautiful wife Noel nearly 25 years, 3 amazing kids 20, 17, 12. Family is my favorite part of every day. NYS Dept Health 24 years in Division of Epidemiology, working with hospitals, various medical providers re: infectious disease lab data. 


Dennis Young

Worship Leader

Dennis lives in Guilderland with his wife Mandy and their two daughters, Ashely and Brooke. Dennis is originally from Quakertown, PA, and moved to New York in 1997. Dennis started leading worship in the church over 10 years ago. Dennis' love of worship music started when he was a young boy attending camp singing worship songs around the bonfire.
Dennis enjoys playing/singing with his girls as well as spending time with his wife on the golf course or riding bikes with his family.

Laura Hickey

Church Administrator

Laura resides in East Greenbush with her husband Mike. They also share their home with her father Ron. She has 2 grown sons and a teenage granddaughter. Laura worked at CSEA Employee Benefit Fund for 25 years. Laura loves spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include crocheting, either reading or listening to books, and working around her home.

Sherry West

Director of Children & Youth Ministry

Sherry and her husband, Scott, live in Delmar. They have four adult children. Sherry has been a salon stylist and owner for over 35 years.
Interests: Hiking, Skiing, Hosting Gatherings, and Organizing Clutter.