Our Team

Meet our Professional Staff

 
Justin Lester - Senior Pastor Saved: I was baptized at 12! I've been meeting Jesus ever since Education:  B.TH - Marquette University (2010) M.A - Marquette University (2012) M.DIV - Vanderbilt University (2015) What makes me laugh out loud: Life.  Have you ever looked? There is so much beauty! What I love most about Congdon Street: The People. The Community. The intentionality.  Contact Justin Lester

Justin Lester -
Senior Pastor

Saved: I was baptized at 12! I've been meeting Jesus ever since

Education: 
B.TH - Marquette University (2010)
M.A - Marquette University (2012)
M.DIV - Vanderbilt University (2015)

What makes me laugh out loud: Life.  Have you ever looked? There is so much beauty!

What I love most about Congdon Street: The People. The Community. The intentionality. 

Contact Justin Lester

Jabraya Tanksley - Church Administrator Saved: I was baptized at 9 but saved at 17. Education: I graduated from Albany High School in 2007 and I am currently enrolled at CCRI studying Early Childhood Education What makes me laugh out loud: Other people’s laughter What I love most about Congdon Street: I love that I get to worship in a place and with people who come from various backgrounds. Contact Jabraya

Jabraya Tanksley -
Church Administrator

Saved: I was baptized at 9 but saved at 17.

Education: I graduated from Albany High School in 2007 and I am currently enrolled at CCRI studying Early Childhood Education

What makes me laugh out loud: Other people’s laughter

What I love most about Congdon Street: I love that I get to worship in a place and with people who come from various backgrounds.

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Antoinette Ferrara - Director of Operations Saved: At age 14 at church camp with family and friends in the midst (made it special) Education: Graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Business; Degree in Business Administration What do you like to do in your free time? Fashion Design & Construction; DIY Construction, Singing/Acting  What I love most about Congdon Street:  The amazing things that God is doing here Contact Antoinette

Antoinette Ferrara -
Director of Operations

Saved: At age 14 at church camp with family and friends in the midst (made it special)

Education: Graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Business; Degree in Business Administration

What do you like to do in your free time? Fashion Design & Construction; DIY Construction, Singing/Acting 

What I love most about Congdon Street:  The amazing things that God is doing here

Contact Antoinette

Michelle Bazille - Church Intern Education: Attending College at Brown University. One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: How it can be raining in one spot, but if you walk 5 minutes away it’s not raining there. What do you like to do in your free time?: Read books, play bass or guitar, enjoy the sunshine with friends and family. What do you love most about Congdon Street? The community. Since coming to Congdon Street in January, I’ve found such a loving and encouraging community here. I’m forever thankful to have found and become a part of such a genuine community. Contact Michelle

Michelle Bazille -
Church Intern

Education: Attending College at Brown University.

One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: How it can be raining in one spot, but if you walk 5 minutes away it’s not raining there.

What do you like to do in your free time?: Read books, play bass or guitar, enjoy the sunshine with friends and family.

What do you love most about Congdon Street? The community. Since coming to Congdon Street in January, I’ve found such a loving and encouraging community here. I’m forever thankful to have found and become a part of such a genuine community.

Contact Michelle

Odell Zeigler - Director of Music Saved: I was saved early on,but true salvation came when I was 20 years old. I committed my life to Christ with an understanding of discipleship at the Union Evangelistic Baptist Church. The special part was seeing my family excited and cheering. Education: Bloom High School/North Central College- B.A., Music Education Who has made the biggest impact on your life? I would say my mom! Her strength has been most inspiring to me.  What I love most about Congdon Street: The people; I genuinely love every person at CSBC. Contact Odell

Odell Zeigler -
Director of Music

Saved: I was saved early on,but true salvation came when I was 20 years old. I committed my life to Christ with an understanding of discipleship at the Union Evangelistic Baptist Church. The special part was seeing my family excited and cheering.

Education: Bloom High School/North Central College- B.A., Music Education

Who has made the biggest impact on your life? I would say my mom! Her strength has been most inspiring to me. 

What I love most about Congdon Street: The people; I genuinely love every person at CSBC.

Contact Odell