Meet the Team


Donna Hansen-Munafo is founder of the Upstate NY Ministry Network, a network of ministry leaders and pastors in the Capital Region.  She also leads the Upstate NY Women of Worship (WOW) which holds women’s conferences and other events to help bring unity.  She has served as a worship leader, administrator and event coordinator throughout the region for nearly 20 years, and continues to minister with the 4ever1 music ministry (since 2004).  Donna had a vision for Church Journeys several years ago and is blessed to do what God has called her to do … connect with God’s people and help bring unity to the Body of Christ.

MichaelRev. Michael Frati is the contributing writer and editor for the Church Journey Blogs.  In 1989, Mike was appointed to the position of New York State Magistrate Judge and served in that capacity for almost seventeen years.  Mike also served as Pastor with two churches in upstate New York.  He has enjoyed missionary work to churches in Livingstone, Zambia. During two of his visits he built a Pentecostal Assembly of God church and facilitated advanced Discipleship classes and graduated local ministers.  He is also a published author with his recent book “A Pilgrim’s Process”.

April Christina 4-2-17April Christina is a strong intercessor and loves to pray for churches and pastors in the Capital Region.  She has been called to visit every church in Albany and has a passion to see unity in the Body of Christ.  April worked with Youth With A Mission in New Zealand for 2 years, reaching out to various islands in the South Pacific.  Most recently, she began a fellowship gathering that meets on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 in Washington Park, Albany at the Moses Statue.  All are welcome!

KarenLaingKaren Laing has been working in ministry for 40 years. She has been a Children Ministry Leader and a Celebrate Recovery Trainer.  She currently runs Apple of HIS Eye Ministries which provides support services for small to medium sized churches, as well as provides a weekly drop in prayer and healing service in Schenectady. She is also co-ministry leader of Kingdom Builders whose mission it is to equip organizations and individuals to build relationships that expand, strengthen, and unify the Kingdom of God through consulting, workshops, speaking engagements, resources, and networking groups. Karen is a highly skilled teacher and trainer whose goal is to help church leaders feel like the Apple of God’s Eye. She also teaches on a variety of classes related to all aspects of health, prayer, church programming, as well as personal development.

mike & Patti

Pat Frati began journeying with us when her husband Michael joined the team.  She contributes to the blog writing, offering much insight and wisdom as a seasoned Christian, wife and mother of five.  Patti also has a strong gift of hospitality and enjoys meeting new people.



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