We are a church on the move... literally! Every story has a start, and it is not usually until you look back that you see how everything has been working together for a particular goal. In 2012, Bethel Full Gospel Church had a vision to plant a church and Converge was blessed to be that church.

On Sept. 7, 2014 we held our first service in the Scotia Movie Theatre on Mohawk Ave. in Scotia. After 6 months, we moved to the Dollar General Plaza in Scotia where we stayed for 5 years. Then due to nearby construction, we took temporary refuge in Bethel Full Gospel's building in Rotterdam NY.  While there, we were blessed to be able to save for our own building . On Easter Sunday 2022  we came full circle, returning to Mohawk Ave in Scotia at the old Tartan Lanes Bowl building.

We are a Bible focused church with a passion to be right where God wants us, doing what He calls us to do. We are pleased to have returned to Scotia. We are excited to be part of how God moves in this village. Pastor Sean Lawton and the rest of the team invite you to join us for service, Bible studies, prayer and youth programs.


We know that taking the step of visiting a new church can be an interesting experience. However, we are anxious to meet you and want to help make you feel comfortable, so here is what you can expect when you walk in the doors!



Come as you are! There is no dress code here at Converge... well, there is one code- come dressed! But wear what you like! We tend to focus more on your spiritual health than your fashion choices.



Anything worth doing is worth doing passionately! Expect passion when you come to Converge. From our worship, to our preaching, to everything we do, you will see our passion for Jesus and the Kingdom of God.



We are real people with real problems who serve a real God. We teach on relevant topics that can help you live out your life and faith. We regularly talk about forgiveness, dealing with failures, why bad things happen to good people, God's love, mercy, and justice. If you are looking for real answers to your tough questions about life and faith, you will find them here!



Relationships are the key to our church. The Bible is about how much God wants a relationship with us and how we were designed to be in relationship with others. We believe that life is best experienced in relationships. You can expect a friendly, loving atmosphere with people who care. We love everyone who comes through our doors because God does.


We exist to introduce our community to the extraordinary destiny Jesus has for their life ...

by encouraging them to discover their extraordinary destiny in Jesus, connect them with others on that same journey to go out and reach their neighborhoods with the practical love of Christ!


Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for the sins of this world

Man is inherently lost and needs to find a relationship with Jesus for his salvation. 

We believe in the Bible, the Word of God. It is our ultimate source for matters of faith and life.


We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, who equips the believer to live for God.


We adhere to the 16  fundamental beliefs and the positional papers of the AG church. These are listed at ag.org/beliefs.


Stop by any Sunday at 10:30 am

We will get your feet tapping during contempory live worship. You will be inspired and challenged by the preaching. You will be surrounded by the family of God who really care about you.


But don't just take our word for it, come check us out yourself!



Lead Pastor

Sean Lawton

Pastor Sean  has a vision for Converge to 1. bring people together in Christ, 2. have God bring healing, change and growth, 3.then send people out to meet the needs of others and bring the life giving good  news of Christ to the world.

Credentialed by the Assemblies of God, Pastor Sean has been in ministry since 2002 in various roles including youth and church planting. 

Sean and his wife Sarah have three daughters. God has been working a journey of healing, change, and growth in their family since 2010 when Sarah was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. They are grateful to God for the journey towards wholeness.

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Discipleship and Outreach

Karen Laing

Karen has a passion to lead others to find Shalom within a strong relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Shalom is more than peace- it is a state of wholeness- nothing missing, nothing broken, totally healthy.

Karen has served in ministry since 1988. She has a BA in Public Health and a ThM in Theology. Anointed as a teacher, she is an author, conference speaker, and missionary.

Karen raised her 4 children in Schenectady NY and is now a grandmother. She is grateful to God for all the struggles in her life that have lead her to finding Shalom here at Converge Church.

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Children's Pastor

Brain Voelpel


Pastor Brian Voelpel's mission is to bring young people into a growing, healthy relationship with Jesus and to empower them to become missionaries in their homes and schools.


Pastor Brian is from Baldwin NY and graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in youth ministry from Northpoint Bible College. He has been with Converge since 2015. 


When Brian was a child, he struggled with low self-esteem. As he grew up in the church, he learned to find his value in God's love. Now Pastor Brian is called to teach kids that Jesus loves and values each of them more than they could ever imagine.

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Worship Leader

Sherri Baston


Sherri Baston has a heart for the Lord and a calling to worship the Lord in song. She believes worship teams are filled with those whose faith meets their gifts. "Helping others to connect to Him through music is an honor and a blessing."


Sherri has been worshipping God in song for 5 years, starting with co-writing the theme song to the first WOW (Women Of Worship) conference. For the past 3 years, she has enjoyed ministering  through song at The Albany City Mission as a member of the Christian band, 4ever1.


Sherri and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 25 years, and have  4 children they are raising in Scotia. She is excited to join the Converge team and minister within her community.

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LIVES CHANGED:  See people's lives changed through the power of Jesus

FREEDOM:  Find real freedon in your relationship with God

POTENTIAL: Unlock your limitless potential in Christ to change the world through your unique gifts.

IDENTITY AND VALUE: Find your identity and value as a child of God in the family of God. 

GLORIFYING GOD: Teach you how to glorify God in all you do-home, church, work and life!

CONNECT: Cultivate a culture of connections.

Connect to God, Connect to people, Connect to Ministries.


HEALTH: Live a healthy life- physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Honor God with your body, mind, and spirit for the benefit of all.

Pastor Sean's Favorite Verse

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Pastor Brian's Favorite Verse

Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again-- rejoice! Let everone see that you are considerate in all you do.  Remember, the Lord is coming soon.  Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 

Phillipians 4:4-7

Karen's Favorite Verse

So keep up your courage  men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.

Acts 27:25 (NIV)

Sherri's Favorite Verse


So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy's kiss and discover  the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.

Hebrews 4:16 (TPT)