Delegates at the annual corporation meeting of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Inc (Doing business as Charis Fellowship) conference will select one representative from each region from this list.
District: Southern California-Arizona
Church: Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad Lakewood, Calif.
Manuel Espinosa is Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad in Lakewood, California. He was born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1983 at the age of 24. Manuel came to know the Lord that very same year at the church that he now pastors. God saved Manuel from a life of alcohol and drug addiction, immediately after conversion he started preaching in the streets and to friends at the painting company where he worked. Manuel has had the privilege of working with prisoners in Terminal Island Federal Institution in the city of San Pedro California for the past ten years. Manuel and his wife Raquel and have four children. They met at a Baptist church in Wilmington California where Rachel came to know the Lord. Together they have been serving God at Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad for almost 20 years.
District: Northwest Ohio
Church: Maumee Valley Church
Steve has been the lead pastor at Maumee Valley church since 1992, located in the Toledo area. Steve is a third generation pastor in our Fellowship. He graduated from Dallas seminary. He has been married to his wife Jan for 44 years. And they have three grown children. He is also chaplain for Springfield Township Fire department. And he has been involved with the leadership of the Northwest Ohio District since its inception.
Church: Centerville Grace
Dave came on staff at Centerville Grace in March of 2007 and transitioned to the role as Lead Pastor in 2009. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Grace College and a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. He is married to his college sweetheart and they have four sons. Dave is a co-founder of the Dayton Disciple Makers Network (DDMN) and is passionate in his pursuits of both servant-leadership and disciple-making.
Church: Community of Grace, Richmond, VA
Devin Livingston came to Community of Grace in November 2016 from Calvert County Maryland where he served our sister Charis Fellowship Church. He completed his M.Div. from George W. Truett seminary at Baylor University in 2008 and has been in ministry for over 10 years in the Maryland and Virginia area. His wife Katherine is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and works for a private practice in the Richmond area. They love the Richmond area and are excited to see the amazing things God will do.
Desir is the Junior and Missions Pastor atMispa Missionary Community Church in North Miami, Florida. He is orginally from Tortuga, Haiti. Desir has been very active in Florida District and planting churches in the Haitian community in South Florida. He is also the church planter for a new church in Brooksville, Florida. Desir and Gina have three daughters.