Meet our senior leaders

Zack and his wife Rachelle followed the call of God upon their lives and founded Encounter Church Las Vegas in 2009 in a small coffee house. The church experienced much growth as hundreds gathered each week to experience the manifest presence of God and hear His Word. Prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, the religious, and prodigals turned their lives to Jesus. In 2020 Zack and Rachelle accepted the call to Pastor New Hope Community Church in Rochester, NY. 

pastoral staff


  • zack wechsler

    senior leader / lead pastor

    Zack has over a decade of senior pastoring experience and has also pioneered a Church/Movement in Las Vegas, NV.  He is a passionate communicator of God's word, and also loves to dive deep into scripture and theological contemplation. Zack’s main focus and goal is to see lives radically transformed by the love of God. Zack is also a seasoned worship leader, author, teacher, and conference speaker. He also leads the Scandalous Love movement.  

  • rachelle WECHSLER

    executive pastor

    Rachelle is a passionate communicator of God's word and has a heart to see people healed and restored.  Rachelle has over a decade of pastoring experience and also, along side her husband Zack, has pioneered a Church/Movement in Las Vegas, NV. Rachelle also has a passion for women's ministry and is a season teacher and conference speaker. 

our leadership team

  • Josiah Ball

    Youth and Media Director

    m. 315-730-4280

    e. josiahcball@gmail.com

  • sarah wechsler

    Worship ministry director

  • Sara Waasdorp

    Children's Director

    m. 585-748-3631

    e. nhgoldminedirector@gmail.com

  • sheryl hazekamp

    Pastoral care Team Director

    m. 585-210-9702

    e. newhopepct@gmail.com

  • John LAmpanaro

    Director of spiritual Life