meet our team
Marios Ellinas has served Valley Shore as senior leader since 2005. Marios and his wife, Danielle, led the church in a pastoral capacity until the summer of 2013. Marios continues to itinerate in the US and internationally, ministering in various venues, and consulting with church, business and governmental leaders. Marios has authored five books, the latest of which are Government Collision (2012) and High Level Clearance (co-authored with Patrick Lynch in 2013). Marios and Danielle have three children.
Tim and Robin d’Albenas grew up in different parts of the world; Tim in the Bahamas and Robin in the United States, yet both came to Christ in the same year, 1976. They met in Illinois while doing graduate studies, and have been married for 30 years. They have two daughters and one grandson. Robin has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Timothy a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In the 90’s they immersed themselves into the charismatic world from the evangelical, and were powerfully touched by God. They have served in many areas of ministry including administrative, counseling, pastoring, teaching and international missions. Their heart is to mentor rising leaders and see disciples formed into the image of Christ.
Associate Pastor & Children's Pastors
Joe & Jeannette Lynes
Joe and his wife Jeannette started attending VSAG in the spring of 2008. Since then, they have participated in the prophetic and healing ministries, serving on the ministry team, and are in charge of the Children's Ministries. Joe is also Associate Pastor overseeing several ministries in the church and is a church board member. He is also credentialed with the Assemblies of God and has a Bachelors in Social Work.
Pastor of Healing, Deliverance, & Prophetic Watchmen Prayer
In the midst of NYC life and a real estate investment portfolio asset management career at a major bank in NYC, Janet was radically invaded by God through a theophany of Jesus Christ. Jesus appeared to her as the transfigured, resurrected Son of God in all His Glory. In the next few months God rocked her world with more revelatory encounters, including a sovereign deliverance. Holy Spirit led her to St. John the Divine in NYC. In obedience to revelation, she pursued study in the word and practical prayer ministry receiving a Masters of Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute. Simultaneously, the Lord led her into ministry as a deliverer & watchman in the East gate. Janet is an ordained minister, founder /president of Kingdom Watchmen Kingdom Freedom and Pastor of Healing, Deliverance & Prophetic Watchmen prayer here at Valley Shore. God is using Janet to teach, train, impart, activate and mobilize prophetic watchmen and prayer warriors in the revelatory “seer “ & prophetic realms to be His voice decreeing heaven to earth; to establish a watchmen stream; to train, equip, impart and activate the saints and ministry teams in healing and deliverance. Her heart is to see the saints trained and equipped to do the “stuff” bringing revival, transformation and reformation to all as we learn to live and release His Kingdom here on earth. Janet is a published author of "Meditations on Joy”. Janet is mightily blessed with two children, three step children and eleven grandchildren. All honor and glory is the Lord’s.
Pastor of Home Group Network
Tim and Robin d’Albenas grew up in different parts of the world; Tim in the Bahamas and Robin in the United States, yet both came to Christ in the same year, 1976. They met in Illinois while doing graduate studies, and have been married for 26 years. They have two daughters. Robin has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Timothy a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In the 90’s they immersed themselves into the charismatic world from the evangelical, and were powerfully touched by God. They have served in many areas of ministry including administrative, counseling, pastoring, teaching and international missions. Their heart is to mentor rising leaders and see disciples formed into the image of Christ.
Head Worship Leader
With a heart that can only be described as 'worshiper', Danielle exalts His mighty name with no agenda, in total abandonment to the Father. She seeks His presence with everything within her, bringing every person in the congregation along with her, collectively and individually. Her heart is to see Heaven on earth established to bring freedom to the people of the church. Her love for her Father is evident and overflows into every song, into every lyric, into every note.
Danielle began attending Valley Shore's youth group in December of 2005 and quickly joined the youth group's worship team. Knowing she was called to be a worship leader, Danielle attended Bethel's School of Supernatural Worship in 2008. Danielle met her husband, Jason, at Valley Shore. The two were married in September of 2009 and had their first child, Jaya Love, on December 27th, 2014.
Bill joined the Valley Shore staff in 2010 as the Church Administrator. He has an Associates Degree in Management and Administration and comes to us with 20 years of experience as a Religious Program Specialist in the U.S. Navy. Bill and his wife, Esther, lead a Home Group and have 3 children at home and a daughter and 4 grandchildren in Texas. Click [HERE] to watch a youtube video of Bill's sermon. "Identity Crisis & the Image of God"
Mohit & Vanessa Kaushik
Mohit and Vanessa were draw to Valley Shore in the fall of 2012 and quickly began attending. They worked in the children's ministry at Valley Shore for over 2 years and loved every minute of it.
They have always had a heart to work with youth and met in India while working in multiple youth ministries. Mohit lead a youth outreach ministry in India for 3 years. Seeing lots of fruit and lots of lives learning about the Fathers love. Vanessa and Mohit lead a church that consisted only of youth, most of them coming from non believing families, for 6 months while the pastor was away.
They are so excited to see lives change by the love and power of God. They were married in India in 2010 and have been living in/back in the US since 2011. They had their first child, Zion, in Dec 2015.
Children's Ministry Director
Beth is married to Vinny and has four grown children. Before having her own children she was a 2nd grade teacher and currently is a paraprofessional in an Elementary school. Beth enjoys gardening, taking walks, going to the beach and spending time with her family. Beth greatly enjoyed being a Mom and raising her children to love the Lord and go after Him with all their hearts. It is such an honor for her to have the opportunity to encourage other children to encounter a loving Heavenly Father.
Mavi loves intercession and worship. She leads Prophetic Intercession on Tuesday nights, coordinates the schedules for the intercessors covering the Worship Teams as well as setting up prayer shields for the Pastors and key staff. As a graphic designer, she creates banners, flags, and print media. She also plays violin in the Valley Shore Orchestra and the Community Music School's Sinfonia Orchestra. Mavi lives in Clinton with her husband, Allan, and their yellow lab; she has an adult son who lives in Seattle.
In February of 2010, my wife Donna and I felt the Lord leading us to Valley Shore. We are excited to be here and to serve the body of Christ in any capacity that we are able. My desire is to always extend His love and honor to all that attend Valley Shore whether weekly attendees, visitors or guests. As the Head Usher I instruct ushers in their duties at serving the body of Christ through welcoming, parking, seating, and collecting the tithes and offerings. We welcome you.
Denise and her husband Art have been attending Valley Shore since the spring of 2011 and consider it a joy to be connected to such a loving body of believers. They desire to see God's people reach the full potential He has placed in each one and are committed to serving in whatever capacity He chooses. In the past Denise has served as an usher, altar worker, in children's ministry and teaching. Denise works full time as an information technology project manager. She has a son Michael who is retired from the US Navy, Art's children Tabitha, Adrian and Tiffany and 9 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, singing, watching sports and taking in the natural beauty in Old Saybrook.
Men's Ministry Director
Sinco Steendam was born in Holland, raised in Canada and moved to Connecticut in 1976. He is married with 4 sons and 5 grandchildren. Some of the activities he enjoys are camping, backpacking, motorcycling, sailing, fast cars, and bicycling. He has a passion for life and fun and can be quoted with his sense of humor, “If I’m not having fun then I will create it!” Sinco recently retired from the nuclear industry. Previously he served as a full time church pastor for 3 years and a men’s pastor for 11 years. Coming to Valley Shore, Sinco’s passionate desire is to see men connect to their Heavenly Father and each other. His dream is to equip men for God’s Kingdom purposes and fulfill the gifting and calling in their lives. Sinco says, “Getting men connected is a great way to help the women and children in their lives.”
Women's Ministry Director
Transformation and testimony are two themes that have characterized Susan’s walk with Christ over the last forty years. Her life experiences, training and vocations of social worker and nurse have given her insights and skills to provide teaching and mentoring in several areas including: recovery from traumatic grief, prayer ministry, emotional and physical healing and equipping the saints. Susan recently completed a course in Transformational Coaching and captures her vision with the following mission statement:
“For the sake of Christ, I commit myself to provide spiritual direction, exhortation, shepherding and counsel to others, partnering with them as they discover their God-given potential and callings. For this, I am charged by the power of the Holy Spirit and will work to that end to benefit the whole Body of Christ.”
It is with joy and expectation that Susan leads Daughters of Destiny at Valley Shore. Her prayer is that women will be fully released in their anointing and gifts as warriors in the Army of God.
Minister of Compassion and Visitation
Melissa is an ordained minister and has been with Valley Shore since 2010. In addition to being the Minister of Compassion and Visitation, she is on the Healing and Deliverance team and has helped in various other ministries. Melissa has a Masters Degree in Social Work, and is passionate about assisting people with walking out of what diminishes them and/or holds them back, and into the freedom and peace that is available to all of us!
Caitlin first encountered Valley Shore in Spring 2007, and began attending full time at the beginning of 2008. Since then she has been involved in a number of ministries. Currently, Caitlin serves as Missions Director, organizes the schedule for the words ministry for worship and serves as part of the transitions team. She has a passion to see people respond to God's incredible invitation to step into their true identity and embark on the journey of discovery that is the Kingdom.
Caitlin was born and raised in Old Saybrook. She has a B.A. in Communications and Visual Arts from Gordon College. Caitlin enjoys (among many things) photography, art, traveling, the beach, hiking, biking, sports and generally being outside.
Minister of Maintenance
Provides a clean, comfortable, and welcoming environment for us to worship the King of Kings!