Reflecting the One New Man

The Body of Messiah is the new humanity in Christ; to that end Messiah Congregation seeks to be a house of prayer for all peoples. This mission is reflected in our membership, visitors, and missions around the world: Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah, while uniquely expressing their ethnic and cultural background.

All are welcome

The worship services of Messiah Congregation are a unique mixture of contemporary Christian music, Jewish liturgy, messianic praise, and hymn traditions celebrating and glorifying the Lord.

Congregational Ministers

The ministers of Messiah Congregation are licensed or ordained by Restoration Fellowship International, as well as the congregational officers of Messiah Congregation.

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Dr. Justin Elwell

Rabbinic Pastor - Congregational Leader

Rabbi Justin is ordained with Restoration Fellowship International, and Messiah Congregation. Along with his congregational responsibilities, and busy international missions schedule,  he is an adjunct professor of Torah Studies at Biblical Life College and Seminary, a guest lecturer for The Timothy Program International, and serves on the Board of Directors for Restoration Fellowship International. He has an earned Doctorate in Theological Studies (Biblical Ethics), and is currently doing doctoral research in early church history.  Justin, and his wife Renee have two grown sons.

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Pastor Daniel Pawelek

Assistant Pastor of Campus Ministries

Pastor Dan is ordained with Restoration Fellowship International, and Messiah Congregation. In May 2017 he was ordained by Dr. John Looper. Additionally, Dan has an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Studies from The Sowers School of Ministry, and is currently pursuing a BA in Biblical Studies. Dan has one son, Aidan.


Pastor Christian Hadlock


Pastor Chris is licensed with Restoration Fellowship international and Messiah Congregation, and he serves as an assisting pastor at Messiah. Currently, Chris is working on his Master of Divinity degree. Chris, and his wife Nora have four children.


Pastor Renee Elwell

Women's Ministries

Reverend Renee Elwell leads the women’s ministries and coordinates special ministry events. She is ordained with RFI and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing, and an Associate of Arts degree in paralegal studies.


Pastor Sharon LaBella, R.N.

Pastoral Counselor

Reverend Sharon LaBella, R.N. is a gifted teacher, mentor and pastoral counselor. Sharon draws from her professional experience as a registered nurse, and her years of study in God's Word to foster healing and growth in the Body of Messiah. Sharon is ordained with Messiah Congregation and Restoration Fellowship International.


Aidan Elwell

Youth Group Pastor

Aidan serves as our youth group pastor, teaching teens ages 12 - 18. Aidan has a Bachelor of Music Degree from SUNY Potsdam, the Crane School of Music, in Classical Guitar Performance.

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