Rev. Michael Plunket is the Senior Pastor of Risen King Alliance Church. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Pastoral Ministry Department at Nyack College in Nyack, New York. Mike earned his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry Program at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. Since his ordination in 1986, Mike has organized, helped start, and pastored five churches in Mexico City, Mexico and Atlanta, Georgia. Mike is married to Lisa, and they have two grown children, Joseph and Anna.
Director of Spiritual Life
Lisa was born in Owensboro KY and is married to Mike Plunket. Lisa attended Western Ky Univ. and majored in NT Studies and History. She has been mentoring women and teaching Bible studies since she was 19. "Prayer and mentoring women has always been my primary ministry. Learning to pray has been one of the things that has most changed my life and it has opened doors for me all over the world." Lisa is responsible for Growth Groups, Pastoral Care, and Leadership Development at Risen King. Her hobbies are painting, reading, and interior design. She also loves to travel!
Dan is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife, Nancy, and has 5 adult children. Dan is critically involved in many areas of this ministry such as men's ministry, counseling, discipleship, and coaching of other staff members.
Steve was born in Akron, Ohio and is married to Jacqueline and have a little boy named Caleb. Steve graduated with his bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry & Psychology from Nyack College in 2004. Steve also has his Masters in Business Administration from Nyack College. His full-time job is serving as the Director of Student Financial Services at Nyack College. His part-time role at Risen King includes managing staff, overseeing the facilities and finances, and structuring Sunday Morning Worship services. He also works with Pastor Mike and the College of Prayer in New York and Colombia.
Ryan grew up on Long Island where he developed a passion for surfing. As a teenager, his life was deeply impacted by his youth pastor and he seeks to make that same impact on the youth of Risen King. He is married to Kara and together make a dynamic ministry team. They also have two children, Shane & Kyla. If you are looking to have a good time, the Alexander’s are the people you want to be around.
Office Manager & Executive Asst.
Alicia was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Gabon, Africa, went to college in New York, and holidays in Maine. She graduated from Nyack College with her BS degree in Interdisciplinary studies: Psychology and Pastoral Ministry and completed a graudate degree program at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, NY. Alicia met her husband, Matt, in college and has been married since 2007. They have 2 beatuiful children. Soccer, photography, creative arts and just being outdoors are some of her favorite pastimes.
Director of Children's Ministries
Pauline is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Risen King. She received a B.A. in sociology from Brandeis University and an M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Pauline has taught in public schools in Pennsylvania and in New York for five years. She is married to her husband, Frank, and is a mother of four children. She enjoys volunteering for school activities, painting and doing other arts projects.
Asst. Children's Director
Erin grew up in Ohio and recieved her undergrad degree from Bowling Green State University in Piano Performance. After graduating and exploring many options, she moved to New York in 2004 to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York and graduated in May 2008. Erin has a heart for intercession, prayer, and the Children's Ministry at Risen King. Erin plays a large role in planning and facilitating all of the Children's Ministry. She is married to Alvaro Gonzalez.
Gabe was born and raised in Northern Kentucky (Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area). He served as a missionary to Grenada, West Indies for two years right after graduating high school from Heritage Christian Academy. While there he found himself preaching, teaching (in schools and churches), cleaning, painting, building, and - leading worship. After Grenada, he went to Nyack College and graduated in 2007 with a BA in English. He met his wife, Ashley, at Nyack and got married in May 2007. Gabe says "she's my best friend and partner in ministry." Gabe & Ashley have three children, Jack, Lucy, and Gabriel. He has led worship for over 14 years and is passionate about leading God's people into His presence. Gabe also teaches 8th grade English and History in Newark Public Schools in Newark, NJ and serves as the head coach of the 8th grade baseball team.
Office Assistant & Bookkeeper
Melissa was born and raised in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and moved to New York to attend Nyack College. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. At Risen King, Melissa is one of our "go to" people as she runs our Info Desk, does the church bookkeeping, and helps with other administrative details.