Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Michael O’Connor

Senior Pastor, Mike O'ConnorSenior Pastor, Mike O’Connor, has been serving at ICC since 1983 in the areas of teaching and discipling, small groups, missions, and staff oversight. Pastor Mike’s passion is calling people back home to God where they can heal, grow and spiritually reproduce. His wife Mary, serves alongside him as worship coordinator and creative arts director. Pastor Mike and his wife Mary have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

Dr. Lester F. Ayars

Pastor AyarsPastor Ayars has been faithfully serving at Island Christian Church since 1968, as senior pastor, and most recently in his role as pastor emeritus. Under his leadership, ICC has experienced significant growth of congregation, staff and facilities, including the establishment of two additional campuses in Holbrook and Port Jefferson. As pastor emeritus, he continues to be invested in people’s lives through mentoring, with some teaching and preaching. His wife Diane continues her ministry in counseling. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Rev. Peter Jansson

Rev. Peter JanssonPort Jefferson is one of three locations of Island Christian Church with a beautiful 150 yr. old church building. Pete is the Campus Pastor, bringing 25 years of church experience and counseling to the village campus. This satellite ministry has the DNA of ICC, Northport, with a unique small town feel. “God is at work in the lives of this growing congregation and we are so excited to be a part of the fabric of this village.” Pete is married to Doreen, the director of Soundview Pregnancy Services. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Rev. Andrew Laub

Rev. Andrew LaubAssociate Pastor of Administration, Andy has been on staff since 1992. Because he has a passion for encouraging good stewardship among God’s people, Andy is involved in teaching, office administration and the church’s financial management. Andy and his wife Pam, who works on staff in an administrative capacity, have three children.

Rev. Lee Hamblen

Rev. Lee HamblenAs Associate Pastor for Children’s Ministries, Lee has been on staff since 1993. Lee supervises our ministries to children including Sunday School, Promise Land, Boy’s Brigade and Pioneer Girls. He also teaches classes and oversees adult fellowship and small groups. Lee and his wife Diane have six children.

Rev. Seth Kirschner

Rev. Seth KirschnerJoining our staff in 1998, Seth oversees the Youth Ministry at Island Christian Church. He also serves the Senior High Youth Pastor, ministering to the 9th – 12th graders at the weekly FUEL service and through various activities such as retreats, family events, concerts, etc. His main joy and passion is communicating the truth of God’s Word and watching teens embrace and “own” their faith. He and his wife, Janette, have three young sons, Seth Jr., Jadon and Josiah.

Rev. Bob Snider

Rev. Bob SniderPastor Bob joined the staff at Northport in 2002 and is the Campus Pastor of our church campus ICC, Holbrook. After a career in Computer Engineering having started two successful businesses, Bob received a call into the Ministry.

Bob and his wife Ann have lived on Long Island their whole lives and have four kids. He loves to see people connect with God, apply His Word in their lives and live for and worship Him.

Rev. Steve Bayne

Rev. Steve BayneSteve is our special support ministries pastor. He oversees various small groups including DivorceCare, GriefShare, R&R, and S.O.S. (men’s and women’s recovery groups). Steve also oversees the ushers, greeters, and church watch teams and our military support and adult singles ministries. He and his wife Marlene, who partners with Steve in the recovery ministry, have two grown sons and three granddaughters.

Rev. Joseph Garofalo

Rev. Joseph GarofaloJoe joined the staff in 2008. In his role as outreach pastor, he is responsible for community outreach for the church campuses and overall marketing, which includes overseeing the website. He also works closely with newcomers in helping them grow in their faith through teaching, discipleship and encouraging small group participation. Because of his business background, Joe sees a strong connection with the work he does at the church and his involvement with the business community. He has a degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife Karen, our preschool director, have a teenage son.

Joshua Ryan

Pastor Josh RyanPastor Josh Ryan joined our pastoral team as our Worship Pastor in 2015. Josh has been a pastor for eight years and has led others in worship for over 15 years. He encourages worshipers to bring glory to God through their worship and seeks to foster an atmosphere of genuine, excellent, and meaningful worship. Josh has a passion for helping develop leaders to use their God-given abilities in ministry. Pastor Josh currently oversees the worship and technical arts teams for services at the Northport Campus. He also serves as a resource to the Port Jefferson and Holbrook campuses. Pastor Josh and his wife Cristen both grew up at Island Christian Church and met in Youth Group. They are now back serving their home church together. Josh and Cristen have two daughters.

Church Staff

Accounting Support

accounting support

Karen Sandberg, Michelle Engelmann

Administrative Staff

Anny Walker, Suzie Nicolosi, JoAnn Altano, Vickie Hunter

Anny Walker, Suzie Nicolosi, JoAnn Altano, Vickie Hunter


Steve and Ruth Kozeletz

Steve and Ruth Kozeletz

Building Care

 Phil Anderson

 Phil Anderson

Children’s Ministry

MaryAnne Becher, Karen Gentile

MaryAnne Becher, Karen Gentile


Diane Ayars

Diane Ayars

Creative Ministries

Nancy Demarco, Mary O'Connor

Nancy Demarco, Mary O’Connor

Deaf Ministry

Maureen & James Diaz

Maureen & James Diaz

Media Team


Anny Walker, Pam Laub


Pam Laub

Pam Laub


Louise Laurie, Bianca Restrepo, Lorraine Hyatt, Stephanie Martorell, Lisa Roesler, Karen GarofaloLouise Laurie,  Lorraine Hyatt, Stephanie Martorell, Lisa Roesler, Karen Garofalo

Small Group Coordinator

Cindy Compitiello

Cindy Compitiello

Sunday Media Team

Ann Snider, Phil Anderson, Mary O'Connor, Jason Laub (not pictured)

Ann Snider, Phil Anderson, Mary O’Connor

Welcome Center

Jocelyn Hutzler

Jocelyn Hutzler

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