Pastor Wayne Goodall

Pastor Wayne Goodall serves as Senior Pastor at Haven of Rest Baptist Church. He and his wife Linda have a deep desire to reach lost souls for Jesus Christ, and they love ministering in the West Haven community. God truly uses all things to draw people to Him. While suffering from a back injury at age 23, Pastor Wayne saw an evangelist on television and heard the truth of the gospel. Soon after, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and was forever changed. After his salvation, he went on to earn a bachelor of science degree from Quinnipiac University and practiced physical therapy. While practicing physical therapy He felt God’s calling to serve Him in fulltime ministry. Having a hunger for God’s word, he enrolled in pastoral training at a bible institute and began to search and study the scriptures. During this time, he helped start a local church and was a Deacon there for 11 years. He furthered his Bible training by obtaining a Master of Ministry Degree in 2011.

In March of 1999, his local church ordained him as a Pastor, and he and his wife Linda planted Haven of Rest Baptist Church in West Haven. Since its inception, the church has steadily grown from a handful of people, to a solid congregation of believers. Pastor Wayne and Linda Goodall were born and raised in Connecticut and have four children.

Pastor Paul Yesucevitz

Pastor Paul Yesucevitz serves as Assistant Pastor and Children’s Director at Haven of Rest Baptist Church. He was born and raised in Brockton, MA, just south of Boston – and you can still hear his accent when he preaches. His training for the ministry started at home. He counts it a great privilege to have grown up in a Christian home, and is thankful for his parents' commitment to Christ. In 1992, Pastor Paul answered God’s call to the ministry and began attending Baptist Bible College East in Boston, MA. It was here that he met his wife Kathi, and they married in 1996. Pastor Paul frequently shares from his own testimony and walk with Christ. When he preaches, his unique style makes the message feel more like a personal conversation, rather than a sermon. His goal is to show how the power of Christ can transform a heart and life, and uses scripture in conjunction with practical examples, to illustrate each point.

Kathi, a native of Connecticut, was raised in Beacon Falls. She surrendered to serve God as a teenager and began attending Baptist Bible College East in 1993. She and her husband served as Jr. Church Directors at their home church in West Bridgewater, MA, until God called them back to Connecticut in 1997. Kathi prepares lessons and teaches weekly, guides new Sunday School teachers, home schools her children, and is always working behind the scenes to make each and every youth outreach is a success. Paul and Kathi have a passion to reach our youth for Christ, and would love to minister to your children.


Our deacons work closely with our Pastors to disciple new believers, pray with our Pastors on important issues, and lend a hand wherever needed.

Support Staff

These are our pillars of support - who work behind the scenes to keep us going.

Pradeep Darivemula

Michael Northrup, Sr.

Brian Somma
Colette Domschine

Paul Anderson

Patrick Rogers
Building Maintenance

We are truly thankful for all of you who minister in each capacity - from the Music Ministry, to Nursery workers, the Sunday School teachers, those who help out in the Bookstore, the Sound/Tape Ministry, and the list goes on!

Many thanks Haven of Rest Congregation - for all you do!

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