Building and Grounds Staff

Joe Prunier / Building & Grounds Supervisor | email

Joe began his dream job at Family Life in July 2012 with years of knowledge and experience in buildings and grounds. He gained that experience by working as a maintenance supervisor at a church in Elmira for ten years, before to coming to Family Life.

Having a heart for serving others, Joe enthusiastically lives by the motto, “A job worth doing is worth doing well!” With a song in his heart, Joe works the grounds while spreading cheer in the hallways and throughout numerous offices at Family Life.

Every day Joe counts his blessings for coming to know Christ as his personal Savior and for the privilege of working alongside his wife, Cindy, at Family Life. They make a great team! Joe enjoys following the activities and events of his children and grandchildren, whether it’s sports, horse shows, or romping on the living room floor!

Cody Slayton / Building & Grounds Assistant | email

As a member of the maintenance staff, Cody cares for the building and grounds with which God has blessed Family Life.  When friends and family ask Cody how he likes his job, he emphatically replies, "I love it!” Regardless of the task, Cody sees his work as service to the Lord.  Amen!

Cody grew up going to church, but never fully understood what it meant to be totally dependent on Christ. When he was 18, Cody came to Christ during a difficult season. There were false teachers in his life, and after trying to defend his faith one night, Cody realized he needed to submit his heart to Jesus in order to truly follow Him. Head knowledge alone would not suffice.  Alone in his college dorm room one night, Cody cried out to the Lord. He told God about his struggles, and his desire to become a missionary. The Lord hasn’t completely fulfilled that desire yet, but Cody’s heart to serve in ministry has never been stronger.

Life as a Christian has certainly been a journey. Cody was adopted at age 5 when his birth mother married his dad. The family lived on a dairy farm in Howard, NY, not far from Family Life. When he was a teenager, Cody met his birth father for the first time, and a wonderful relationship grew between them that continues today. Later on, Cody married his high school sweetheart, Hillary, and they began life together in San Antonio, Texas. After 14 years and three beautiful children, God made it clear that Cody should move back to New York so his family could be near relatives – Cody has 8 sibilings! - and the kids could grow up in a safe, rural community. Now Cody, Hillary, and their three children - CodeyNoel, Ryder, and Hadley – have happily settled in Avoca.