Dr. Hurkens ("Pastor Steve") has been the lead pastor of East Rockaway Nazarene for over 30 years. Pastor Steve holds a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling. He has a vision for the community, and a burning desire to influence Christ followers to impact their world by reaching out to those who don't have a personal relationship with Christ. He encourages all followers of Christ to connect people with Christ. Pastor Steve firmly believes in the importance of prayer to be the foundation of everything the church does. He believes that Christ followers can live victorious lives through being empowered by the Holy Spirit, hence, overcoming whatever situations they may face in their lives.
Pastor Steve is originally from South Africa, where he was already a Pastor before coming to the United States. He says "God called me to care for those He puts in my path. My vision for our church is that Christ followers will share love and show concern for one another, as well as the unsaved of the world".
He has been in full time ministry for over 40 years. Pastor Steve declares that by placing our faith and trust in God, we can overcome any obstacle in our lives. He also believes that we do not meet by chance, but that people come into our lives for A REASON, in order for us to be Christlike to them and share His love with them. In the words of Pastor Steve, "I
would love for you to visit our great church, anytime, and if there is
anything within my ability that I can be of assistance to you, my door
is always open."
You can contact Pastor Steve at (516) 599-3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon works alongside her husband, Pastor Steve, in full time
ministry. She is a Pastor, Life Coach and a Success Principles Coach.
She believes that God sent His Son Jesus to earth not only to give us
eternal life but also to give us a life of fulfillment while we wait for
Him to return. Her ministry is focused on women and she believes that
God wants to work in everyone's lives so that they can experience His
Sharon is the author of "Exit the Wilderness" and is presently working on "Almost Devoured."
She is an accomplished pianist in the worship team and heads up the Life Groups. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Counseling. She teaches women to accept God's highest calling on their lives so that they can be blessed to see Him work in and through even the toughest and darkest situations.
One of her favorite Scriptures is John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." NIV Contact Pastor Sharon at email@example.com or visit her website at shedawayministries.com
Jill Ohl and her family joined East Rockaway Nazarene over 15 years ago and are actively building God's kingdom, one step at a time.She is the principal of our successful nursery school, Little Pebbles. Under her leadership, the school has progressed dramatically.
Jill began her career in 1980 and has worked in both, the public sector as well as the private sector. She holds a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and a M.S. in Education for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.
She is also a member of the church's vision group and is active in the youth ministry. If you have questions about Little Pebbles Nursery School, please contact Jill Ohl at (516) 593-8507 or firstname.lastname@example.org
has been the worship leader of East Rockaway Nazarene for over ten
years and has been a member since 1991. Not long after arriving at East
Rockaway Nazarene, Jesus called Bob to serve Him in a meaningful way. "I gave my heart to Him and nothing has been the same since!" says Bob. He continues to learn about the Lord and credits Pastor Stephan and the congregation for taking part in that role.
Bob lived in Florida for a few years and worked in Christian television. He believes that by being on the air each day, God gave him the confidence to perform in front of an audience. As the worship leader, he believes that worship plays a vital role in the development of our church and is looking forward to seeing what great plans the Lord has in store. If you have any questions about our Worship Team, you can contact Bob at 632-5484 or email@example.com
Ohl has attended the East Rockaway Church of the Nazarene since she was
four years old. As a child, she attended Sunday School, Vacation Bible
School, Camp Taconic, and the ERN Youth Group. Now she looks forward to the youth attending the same activities that she has such fond memories of.
Currently, Liz attends Queens College in Flushing, New York, where she is studying Biology Education. In addition to attending college and leading the Youth Group, Liz works part-time at Little Pebbles Nursery School.
In her spare time she likes spending time with her friends and cheering for her favorite football team, the Giants.
Jacque Panico has been attending the East Rockaway Church of the Nazarene since 2005. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, she speaks fluent Spanish. Jacque is also a lawyer, which serves her well in her current duties.
She has enjoyed working with children and is a certified Child Care Assistant. She and her
husband Phil have been blessed with two beautiful children.
Jacque has always relished her involvement with
the children at church, working in the Nursery, and eventually as a
Sunday School teacher. Her passion for the kids has led to her
appointment as Sunday School Coordinator.
Jacque oversees a volunteer staff of teachers and assistants that are truly committed to leading the children to know, love, and serve the Lord. She truly believes in the wisdom from Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
If you have any question about the Sunday School program, please do not hesitate to contact Jacque at (516) 889-1464 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.