John J. McAuley, Jr
Raised in Chicago Illinois, John first came to Troy in the Fall of 1981 as a graduate student in Applied Mathematics at RPI. It was while he was studying in Troy that he realized that he needed to refocus, and put God at the center of his life. Shortly after this, John dove into reading the Bible, attending worship, and volunteering with Youth For Christ. It was during this time he met his wife Jennifer.
Sensing that God was calling them to full time vocational ministry, they spent two years on staff with Youth For Christ, then moved to Boston, to study at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. John received his Masters of Divinity in 1992. Since then John and Jen have served churches in Lake City, Florida, and Aurora, Illinois. John and Jen returned to Troy in 2002 to serve at Third Presbyterian Church, and are grateful to be part of the church family here.
Besides serving the Lord, their joy is their 3 young adult children, James, Daniel, and Abigail.
Director of Music Ministry and Audio/Visual
Sal has served with us since November 2014. He was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, and attended The Juilliard School in New York. There, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting. As Music Director for the Youth Symphony Orchestra of NY, Sal made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1981. He has been on the Pre-College Faculty and Staff at Juilliard as well as the faculty of Schenectady County Community College.
Involved in church music since 1969, Sal has worked with many denominations and held positions in youth ministry and in A/V. Sal was ordained as an elder in the PC(USA) in 1998. He has also served Albany Presbytery as its Moderator, Vice Moderator, Treasurer, and delegate to General Assembly. Sal has also served on several committees.
Sal’s “day job” is working as the Public Health Aide and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinater for the Rensselaer County Department of Health.. He serves his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMS Captain for the Eagle Mills Fire Department. In his spare time, he enjoys amateur woodworking.
Sal lives in Brunswick with his wife, Deb, who serves as Dean for Russell Sage College in Troy. Sal and Deb have twin daughters, Natalie and Alida, who will are seniors at Tamarac (Brittonkill) High School.
Jason P. Laz
Director, Red Letters Praise Band
Jason was born and raised in Troy, NY and has grown up in Third Church. He joined the church in 2003, and has served as a scripture reader, greeter and in the choir at various times over the years. In 2013, Jason was ordained as an elder and serves on the Outward and Upward Ministry committees.
Outside of church, Jason worked in TV news for five years, serving several roles at Fox23 News and YNN in Albany. After a short time at the NYS Assembly Radio & TV office, he now works as a Communication Technician at Questar III BOCES in Castleton. Jason has also been a volunteer with Capital District Youth for Christ for nearly a decade, serving as the annual Breakout and Excel conferences and various other events as needed.
Jason lives in East Greenbush with his wife, Megan, who teaches fifth grade at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill.