Michael Vaughn was born in Elmira, New York, where he lived until moving to Rochester to attend school at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). There he received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Masters of Science in Imaging Science. Along with serving as the Senior Pastor of New Wineskin Church, he also works as a Senior Image Scientist at ITT Geospatial Systems.
In order to gain greater insight into the Word that he preaches, Pastor Michael obtained a certificate acknowledging his completion of the required course work from Elim Bible College.
Pastor Michael married the love of his life and best friend, Sheila Stokes on May 4, 1991. Their union has produced five wonderful children – Caleb, Shekinah, Zoe, Zachary and Samuel.
Pastor Michael has a deep desire to see the people of God walk out their purpose on the earth. He believes that everyone has purpose and that he has been blessed with the unique ability and calling to help draw that purpose out. The messages he gives are challenging and life-changing. He loves seeing growth occur in the lives of those that adhere to the teaching of the Word!
One of his favorite themes is to “stretch” people. He does not seek to break them, but presses them to realize what the Lord has for them. His favorite statement is one that a former teacher gave to him – “God is preparing you for what He is preparing for you.”
You can read Pastor Vaughn’s column every other week in the Minority Reporter at MinorityReporter.net
Sheila Vaughn was born in Lansing, Michigan to her loving parents, Louis and Priscilla Stokes. She attended Oakland University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree. She then moved to
Rochester, New York to begin her career at the Eastman Kodak Company as a systems analyst. Her career took a God-ordained turn in 1991, when she married her best friend, Michael Vaughn. In 1994, Sheila left Eastman Kodak Company and moved into a more challenging profession as a full time “House Queen” and mother to their five purpose-filled children – Caleb, Shekinah, Zoe, Zachary and Samuel.
Sheila and Pastor Michael first started New Wineskin Ministries with the popular “Time to Grow” radio broadcast. On April 23, 2000, they opened New Wineskin Church, where she faithfully serves beside her husband in pastoral ministry.
With a love and desire to know the Word of God at a deeper level, Pastor Sheila studied and received a certificate from the Elim Bible Institute. She also has a dance ministry that has blessed the lives of many. She uses this gift of dance to minister to the Lord and to teach others to express themselves and worship through interpretive dance. Along with her gift of dance, she is also a professional seamstress, and sews praise garments and instruments to be used in making God’s renown glorious!
Pastor Sheila is a fully committed maidservant and friend of the Lord Jesus, with a passion to see others grow spiritually and fulfill their purpose in the earth!