Bill was born in Lowville, NY where it has been said “the cows outnumber the people 2 to 1.” His Mennonite upbringing had a huge impact on his life, accepting Christ as his savior at the age of 13. He is a graduate of Cobleskill College majoring in Ag. Bill and his first wife, Kathy, owned and operated LaBrow Farms for 32 years before her passing in 1996. The farm was home to 150 head of registered Holsteins. They were blessed to be able to sell breeding stock locally and internationally. They both were active in their local church Redeeming Love Fellowship, host of last year’s conference. Bill and his present wife, Kathy, are still active members.
Thirty one years ago, Bill was a founding member of the Mohawk Valley Chapter, the largest and most active chapter in the US and Canada. Bill served on the Board of Directors of FCFI for two terms before accepting the role of Area Leader for the Northeast. 2022 marks their 24th year of promoting FCFI both in the US and Canada.
Bill and Kathy have had the privilege of introducing FCFI to Canada 20 years ago.
One of the many blessings that God has given them is to bring on many volunteers who help at events up and down the East Coast. Also, they have had the privilege of bringing on 5 couples, fieldmen, who work beside us keeping up with our busy schedule of over 90 events each year.
Together Bill and Kathy have four children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. They are celebrating 27 years of marriage this summer.
Steve and Chris Brown
The Browns live in Prospect, NY and serve as Region Eight Fieldmen for FCFI. They have been active in FCFI for 15 years, staffing events, delivering supplies and standing in for Bill and Kathy Brown when they are not available. They coordinate the Kathryn Brown Golf Tournament each spring, funds which go to support FCFI in the east. Steve is an ordained pastor with Elim Fellowship.
Pastor Mitch Santelli
Pastor Mitch is a retired railroad employee and has served as pastor of Faith Bible Evangelical Free Church for the last 19 years. He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters and a son and have four grandchildren. The Santelli’s live in Woodstock, CT. Pastor Mitch serves as FCFI Fieldman for CT. and MA. He is very active in the Woodstock Valley Chapter.
Roy and Cathy Upson
The Upsons call Mohawk, NY home and have been involved with FCFI for over twenty years. Roy is retired farm machinery mechanic and they have travelled to Romania twice to help at an orphanage there. They head up events in NY and are very active in their local church. The Upson’s are active members of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of FCFI.