meet our staff

Lead Pastor

Dr George D. Miller III

  Dr. Miller has been the Lead Pastor of North Syracuse Baptist Church for since the fall of 2008. Dr. Miller came to The Gathering Place after spending 27 years in Christian higher education training men and women for full time vocational ministries. From 1998 to 2008 he was president of Davis College, formerly Practical Bible College, in Johnson City, New York. 


  A graduate of Davis College, Dr. Miller also holds a bachelor degree from Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee, and earned the master and doctorate degrees from Syracuse University. Dr. Miller has a passion for multicultural ministry and is involved in racial reconciliation activities in the greater Syracuse area as well as internationally with Dr. David Anderson and BridgeLeader Network. He has taught Bible and leadership in Russia, Cuba and in numerous African countries.

  Dr. Miller has written numerous articles for periodicals on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the Christian faith as well as counseling. He is the co-editor with Dr. Woodrow Kroll of Hope Grows in Winter, published by Kregel Press, and he authored the chapter, “The Tribulation”, in Looking Ahead, a book on biblical prophecy published by Faithful Life Publishers. He is currently working on a book assignment entitled, Dare to Care: Lessons for Today from the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Dr. Miller is chairman of the Board of Directors of Centershot Ministries and vice chairman of the Psalm 119 Association known as the Woodrow Kroll Ministries. 

  Dr. Miller is married to Elaine, the father of three grown children and grandfather of seven grandchildren.

Educational Ministries

Larry Taylor - Associate Pastor

Prior to joining The Gathering Place ministry team, Pastor Larry and Gail gave leadership to a missions strategy of CRU called CrossRoads International. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of New Hope Family Services, Inc. in Syracuse.  Larry now gives oversight to missions and learning opportunities.  He enjoys fly-fishing, golf, and working outdoors.  Larry and Gail have two children and several grandchildren.

SERVE Ministry

Pastor Bill Marshall - Associate Pastor

Bill grew up in Southern California. He came to know Christ at the age of twenty-seven through the witness of a fellow worker at an electronics company in California. Bill began attending The Gathering Place @NSBC in 1995 and in 1998 her went to the country of Greece with the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.  In the nine years with Campus Crusade, he spent nearly seven years ministering to university students in Thessalonica. He left Campus Crusade in 2006 to join the staff here.  Bill and Olga have four grown children and several grandchildren.

Men's Ministry & Operations Manager

Henry Zaborowski

A native of Syracuse, Henry has been leading teh Men's ministry here over 10-years and is currently the Director of Operations as well. He has worked as a retail consultant and managed multiple operations over the past 15 years. He and Dana have 2 children, John &

Children's Director & Little Lamb Preschool & Kindergarten Director

Janice Cooper

Janice and her husband Gary and their 3 grown daughters moved from Toronto, Ontario and in 2001 joined The Gathering Place. Janice started working at Little Lamb Christian Preschool & Kindergarten in September, 2005 as a teacher and as the Director in 2007.  Janice became Children's Director in 2016.  Janice is a graduate from Cedarville University.

Director of Women's Ministry

Gail Taylor

Gail oversees the ministries to women of all ages here at The Gathering Place, including MOPS, Women's Bible Studies, Coffee Talk, Apples of Gold, Girlfriends Getaway Weekend and Single Parents Day Out. Gail is a graduate of Houghton College and received her Masters in Education from Elmirea College. Prior to joining the Gathering Place ministry team, Gais was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and served as CrossRoads Global Education Coordinator giving leadership to the international missions strategy in more than 30 countries. Prior to that, she was the Coordinator of Reading and Language Arts for Lyncourt School Districe in Syracuse. Gail and Larry have been married for over 40 years, have 2 children and several grandchildren

Senior Adults

Pastor Ray Cowan

Ray and his wife Judy were pat of our missions family for 10-years before coming to minister at The Gathering Place to our senior members.  His primary concern is for the home bound and those needing assistance and encouragement. Prior to coming the The Gathering Place, Ray was Director of The High Braes Refuge, a Christian retreat center. Ray now works with our mature adults as he encourages them to be

"Ambassadors for Jesus". II Corinthians 5:14-20

DEAF Ministry

Rev. Steve Blann - Pastor to the Deaf

Steve grew up in Baldwinsville, NY.  He accepted Jesus at the age of 10 and felt the call to become a pastor at the age of 14. Following 4 years in the Navy, he began attending The Gathering Place in 1970. He began ministering to deaf people in 1983. In 1995 Steve was ordained to the ministry and began serving as Pastor the deaf. Steve is also the President of DEAF Evangelism and Fellowship, (D.E.A.F. Inc.) a mission board dedicated to ministering the Deaf people around the world.


Benjamin Tinsch - Worship Leader

Ben is a graduate of Davis College with a Bachelors of Religious Education with a concentration in Worship Leadership.

Syracuse Myanmar Baptist Church

Pastor Zauja Lahtaw

Zauja, who is from Burma (Myanmar), is the Pastor of Syracuse Myanmar Baptist Church.  He is a graduate from Philadelphia Biblical University. He and his wife Jaring have 4 children