Board of Directors

Leading the way for BASIC’s future


Alyssa Gross

Rev. Alyssa M. Gross, Esq. is the Executive Director for Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. in Buffalo, NY, which provides transitional housing and services for people reentering the community after incarceration. In addition to serving in full-time ministry at SGM, Alyssa teaches part-time in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo.

Alyssa received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany and her Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo Law School. Alyssa also serves as Chairman of the Board for several other organizations.

Lou Giordano

Lou served as student president of BASIC at SUNY Cortland after giving his life to the Lord in 1983. After graduation, Lou became the advisor to the group and in 1989 joined BASIC’s staff. Sensing the call of God to work on the local church level, he accepted a staff position at a church in Cortland.

Lou now serves as the Pastor of Life Church in East Syracuse. He and his wife, Margaret, have five children.

Jonathan Burgio

Jonathan was a Division 1 football player, for the University of Buffalo. They won the MAC (Mid American Conference) East Championship during his senior year. He was the first ever college athlete to win the Frank Reich “Call to Courage” award, which was formerly only given to professional football players. He graduated with a Degree in Business and Financial Analysis.

He worked as a financial advisor for over two years before leaving his career to become a full time missionary with BASIC College Ministries. He worked at BASIC for 7 years and also served as the Executive Director for 3 of those years. He now pastors at Love Joy Church in Lancaster, NY. He married his best friend Nicki and is a father to one son, Jonathan Jr.

Joe Jansen

Joe Jansen pastored New Life Church in Herkimer, NY for 18 years before becoming the full-time Director of U.S. Ministries for Elim Fellowship. Because of Joe’s passion for fellow pastors and the local church, he provides guidance, advice and counseling to pastors throughout Central New York on strategies for church growth, maintaining a healthy congregation, and personal transformation.

Joe received his BA from SUNY Oswego and later went to Elim Bible Institute, where he met his wife, Joann. They have three adult children.

Doug Cowburn

Doug Cowburn is a gifted, relational leader who is passionate for leaders and churches that take bold steps towards health and growth. He is on staff at Elim Gospel Church as their Executive Pastor and is a coach for Intentional Churches.

Favoring people over systems and growth over control, Doug eagerly goes after the status quo in order to bring about healthy change to life and ministry.

BASIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with its own board of directors, but we are also an affiliate ministry of Elim Fellowship, a Christ-centered worldwide revival fellowship.