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Thomas and Janel Golden

Worship Leaders


Beyond their role as Worship Leaders at the Owego Church, Thomas is the Associate Director of the Employment and Disability Institute and a Professor of Disability Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University, and Janel is a dual certified elementary and special education teacher for the Elmira City School District.  Married in 1989, they have three children, Sophie ('95), Kaleb ('98), and Josiah ('02).  Prior to joining staff at Owego, they were worship leaders at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Horseheads, NY, and the First Church of the Nazarene in Waverly, NY.


The Goldens lead through their service to the congregation at Owego Church.  They embrace a definition of true worship, where worship is defined by the priority we place on WHO God is in our lives, and WHERE God is on our list of priorities—a matter of the heart as expressed through a lifestyle of extravagant and exaggerated love for, and submission to God.    At Owego Church we emphasize the importance of both individual and corporate worship through our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but also together as a body.