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Our Team

Lead Pastor

Joel McPherson

Pastor Joel and Melanie have been in ministry for over 25 years.  Pastor Joel has a passion to make the Word of God easy for everyone to understand and apply to their lives.  He & his wife Melanie also love leading in worship.  They are excited for what lies ahead for Tree of Life Church Assembly of God.

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 Youth Pastor 

Jonah McPherson

 My name is Jonah McPherson. I am Pastor Joel’s son. I’ve been involved in ministry for my entire life. 

 I attended NorthPoint Bible College pursuing a youth ministry degree for three years. My last year there, I served as a kids’ pastor at a larger Assemblies of God church in NH for my part of my internship.  God opened another door for me to do what I had been studying to do and pursue my education at the same time through a district program called “School of Ministry”.  Pastor Dennis Marquardts’ former church in Vergennes, VT hired me as their full-time Youth Pastor/Associate. 

While in Vermont I got my pastoral credentials and I was able to take my first steps as a youth pastor. I learned so much about myself and youth ministry.

I know that God has called me here to be with you all and I am so excited to get to know you. I covet your prayers and support as we reach the young people of this area for Jesus.

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Pastor's Wife & Worship Pastor

Melanie McPherson

As far back as she can remember, Melanie had longed to be a pastor's wife and live a life of ministry. She and Pastor Joel met at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and married soon after graduating. Her greatest joy is being married to Pastor Joel and being Mom to their 5+ children, Jonah, Bryanna, Whitney, Meredith, Micah and Josiah and Nonna to Samuel, Zephaniah, Aurora and Juniper. Melanie has a heart to see people from every walk of life and every age, come to know and experience the joy of relationship with Jesus! Her passion is worship and bringing others into the presence God through music.

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WCA Principal

Jackie Sands

Jackie Sands, originally from New Jersey, came to Maine in 2006 to marry the love of her life, David.  She and David started attending Windham Assembly of God in 2008 and she began teaching at the high school of Windham Christian Academy in 2013.  Back home in New Jersey, Jackie taught at Cornerstone Christian School at both the elementary and middle school levels.  She now brings this experience to her role as principal.


She is passionate about Jesus, education and nutrition for children, and her family.  She and David have two beautiful children, both which attend Windham Christian Academy.


Administrative Assistant

Amy Russo

Amy joined Tree of Life Church about 4 years ago, as a brand new Believer. She was miraculously saved out of the New Age/Occult after 20+ years of being immersed in that deep, dark deception. She loves God, His Word and being a member of Tree of Life Church AG. Amy is blessed to be married to her husband Paul and they live in Bridgton with their dog Max. Amy loves to serve administratively in the school and church offices. She especially loves to cook and feed people, both literally and spiritually.

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Debbie was born and raised in Falmouth, ME as one of 8 children. After she graduated high school she studied at Head Hunters School of Hair Design and she continues to do hairstyling on the side out of her home in North Yarmouth.  She also works part-time as an accountant and benefits manager for a local eye-care company. 
Debbie credits her husband David for introducing her to the Lord in 1986. She has attended TLC-AG ever since then. They have been married for almost 30 years. 
“I want to see all my family and friends accept Jesus as their Savior, and to see the Holy Spirit move mightily in our church and our community. Our commission is to win souls to the Lord and that is a deep desire that I have.“


Facilities Manager


Bob has been serving our church for over 15 years. He loves the Lord and loves to serve others. We are so grateful for him and his wife, Tracy!

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