Staff

To contact one of the Pastors or church staff members by email, click on the email icon next to their name to use our online form. Your request is directed to that individual in a safe and timely manner. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Pastor please call the Church Office (716-656-8995). Our office hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

John Tonelli

Senior Pastor

Pastor John is the founder and Senior Pastor of Resurrection Life, a thriving church located in Cheektowaga, NY - a suburb of Buffalo in Western New York.  The church was started in 1984 after he had systematically grew the church from a series of bible studies he had started in his parents home to what is now one of Buffalo's most contemporary, relevant churches. Pastor John is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He has two children - Anthony and Katie, and they are the love of his life!  Pastor is known for his straightforward and dynamic teaching ability and illustrates the truth of God's Word in ways that are easy to understand. Pastor enjoys spending time with people and is very passionate with just about everything he does - from woodworking, NASCAR, Scuba Diving and whatever else he manages to get involved in. One of his favorite scriptures is Isaiah 11:9.

Ken Lombardo

Associate Pastor

Ken Lombardo joined the staff in 1993 and is Associate Pastor for all Adult Ministries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering at University of New York at Buffalo. He and his wife Dawnn have been married since 1986 and have four children – Lance Jordan, Chantel, and Joseph. They have been attending RLF since 1986, and Pastor Ken was ordained in 1993. In his spare time, Pastor Ken enjoys sports, working outside, as well as tending to his computer business. One of his favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 37:4.

Dave Marzak

Associate Pastor

Pastor Dave oversees Res Life's Community Groups ("LifeGroups") and the Men’s Ministries. He's married to Trish, who is also on staff at the church, which means that they are together almost 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year...and he loves it! Really! They have two children – Nick and Mikaela.  Pastor Dave enjoys his Gaggia Titanium Espresso machine, trying to keep physically fit, and loves reading (a lot), and one day would like to navigate a 36' Carver cabin cruiser around the Great Loop. One of his favorite Bible verses comes from the Book of Jeremiah, 9:23,24.

Dan Manns

Associate Pastor

Pastor Dan has been zealously serving the students of Res Life and WNY for the past 18 years. He is the overseer of all aspects of youth ministry (aka: Vertical Reality), including the VR worship team. The VR worship ministry is designed to direct young people with a passion for music, to glorify God, while using their gifts and developing their talents, which will serve God's Kingdom for years to come. At his core lies a love for connecting with and training students. Teaching nearly every Wednesday evening at VR meetings & services, Pastor Dan sees student ministry as a grand adventure. His love for students and desire to see them grow in their faith has taken him across the globe having led student ministry teams on short term Missions trips to Los Angeles, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Pastor Dan and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of four children: Matthew, Andrea, Amelia and Nicholas. When not spending time with his family or students, Pastor Dan can be found avidly pursuing two of his favorite pastimes: golf and hockey. One of his favorite scripture verses is Proverbs 8:33-34.

Greg Glovins

Administrator

With a corporate management and educational background, Greg has been the Administrator and a full-time staff member here for the past 23 years. He, his wife, Melissa and their (adult) children have been members of Res Life since 1989.  Greg is always fascinated to watch God put people from all walks and phases of life into the most unexpected places of service to Him.  He also enjoys volunteering and working with Kingdom Bound Ministries throughout the year.  In addition to serving Christ and His people, Greg loves spending time with family, travelling anywhere and everywhere with his wife and being an avid fan of the Buffalo Sabres!  One of his favorite scripture verses is Colossians 3:3-4.

Trish Marzak

Women’s Ministries/Bookkeeper

Trish spent 15 years in the business community working in communications, training, and human resources before joining the Res Life staff. Trish has been attending Resurrection Life since 1989.She has been married to Pastor Dave since1990 and they have two children – Nick and Mikaela. Trish currently serves as Mentor to our MOPS program and Area Coach for the Buffalo; New York State; and New England area MOPS groups. She enjoys speaking at local women's meetings and conferences; and helping women discover their passion and purpose in Christ. One of her favorite scriptures is 2 Corinthians 9:8.

Brittany Piccirillo

Worship Director

‘Born & raised’ at Res-Life, Brittany began working with the team as an assistant to the pastoral staff at the age of 16. After high school, she moved to Sydney, Australia for 3 years & studied theology & worship at Hillsong International Leadership College.  Upon her return to Buffalo, she rejoined the church staff, assuming her current position & duties. More than anything, Brittany loves seeing people connect with the heart of God & truly worshipping…in song, lifestyle, loving others, and bringing justice to the earth…locally & globally. She is passionate about seeing young people be a FORCE on the earth & in the church today! In her free time, Brittany loves having fun with her friends & family, listening to great music, eating lunch in the sunshine, curling up with a good book & a cup of tea, and laughing till it hurts! One of her favorite passages of scripture is Psalm 103.

Jessica Manns

Children's Ministry Director

As well as serving as Res Life’s Music/Worship Director for the past 10 years, Jessica has also been a public and private school teacher for over 14 years where she has taught every grade from Pre-K through 7. She loves traveling, baking, swimming, photography, target shooting and everything about hockey. She enjoys serving alongside of her husband, Pastor Dan (Res Life’s Youth Pastor), with their 4 children- Matthew, Andrea, Amelia and Nicholas. Two of her favorite scriptures are Psalm 18:20-24 and Psalm 34:1-2.

Alex Markowski

Facilities

Alex became a member of Res Life in 1991, fell in love with the church and began to volunteer immediately. He joined the staff in 2000 and remains blessed to be using his God given artistic talent in any way possible. His favorite time of the year: our annual Vacation Bible School, when he is able to take a vision and make it tangible for children of all ages! Alex met his wife, Susan, here at Res Life and they have a daughter, April, along with two grown children, Alex and Melanie. Alex owns a videography business which he enjoys in his spare time. One of his favorite scriptures is Colossians 3:23-24.

Joe Santalucia

Buildings & Grounds

Joe was born, raised and resides in Cheektowaga. He has been married to his wonderful wife Sherry for 19 years. Joe has 2 great kids, Evan (14) and Kaylee (11). Joe considers it an honor to work in the ministry in the building and grounds department at Res Life. He has faithfully worked in this department for 18 years. Joe is a graduate from Rhema Correspondence Bible School. Before joining the Res Life staff Joe was employed at Consolidated Freightways for 12 years. Joe's favorite verse is Ecclesiastes 9:10.