Mark Rouse / Lead Pastor
My name is Mark, and you can find out a bit more about my story HERE.
Ray Hammond / Executive Pastor
My name is Ray, and I oversee the administration areas of the church. It’s a great privilege to serve in God’s church and to lead people in becoming all-in followers of Jesus. My wife, Lisa, and I have two children: Jonas & Ava. Originally from near Pittsburgh, PA, I’ve lived in Western NY since 2001. I enjoy running, the outdoors, music, photography, reading and ice cream.
Christel Arslanian / Next Generation Pastor
I have the privilege of leading our Next Gen Ministries (Birth – 12th Grade). I grew up in Rochester, lived in NYC for 9 yrs & in 2013, moved back to WNY to help launch Epic Church! I will never get tired of seeing people transformed by Jesus & helping them to become more like Him. As an enneagram 4, I love enjoying God’s creation with my rescue dogs, working on DIY projects, and finding any outlet to express my creativity.
Joe Santiso / Worship Pastor
I’m Joe, and I have the privilege of serving as the Worship Pastor here at Epic. I love helping people take their next steps in worship and creating environments where they can meet with Him. My wife Grace and I have an awesome son named Judah. I enjoy all things music, learning, computers, reading, and dessert. I really like dessert.
Rebecca Rouse / Next Steps Director
My name is Rebecca Rouse, and I serve as the Next Steps Director at Epic Church. Mark Rouse (Lead Pastor) is my husband and we have two daughters, Kaia & Olivia. I love to read, and hanging out with family and friends energizes me. I’m passionate about helping people take next steps in their faith, and I love watching people grow as disciples of Jesus.
Amanda Bunz / Executive Assistant
My name is Amanda, and I serve as the Executive Assistant at Epic Church. I was born and raised in Buffalo NY. I love spending time with my family and friends, adventuring around WNY, and all things Disney. It excites me to see people find faith and become ALL-IN followers of Jesus.
Rachel Leonard / Epic Kids Coordinator
My name is Rachel, and I am grateful to be part of the Epic Team as the Kids Coordinator. I have a passion for teaching with a background in special education. My husband, Mark, and I have two children, Grace & Noah. We love being a part of Epic and what God is doing here in this community! In our free time, we love watching movies, playing board games and spending time outside.