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.
Church: Ripon Grace Church
Love God Completely, Love Others Compassionately, Love Self Correctly
District: Southern California-Arizona
Church: Iglesia Cristiana De la Comunidad in Lakewood, Californid
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: Northcentral Ohio
Church: Grace Polaris Church
Jonathan serves as Community & Connections Pastor and on the Senior Staff Leadership Team at Grace Polaris Church after originally joining Grace’s pastoral staff in 2006 as Young Adults Pastor. A native Buckeye from northeast Ohio, Jonathan met his wife, Kim, at Grace Polaris, where she has been connected since childhood. Jonathan studied business (Grace College) and theology (Grace Seminary) before serving as Associate Pastor at Community of Hope (Columbia City, IN) and working in management for a leading multi-national corporation in northern Indiana. In addition to spending time with his family, Jonathan enjoys the outdoors, water sports, handyman projects, and commiserating with Cleveland Sports fans. Jonathan and Kim have three elementary aged children.
District: Western Pennsylvania
Church: Living Hope GBC
Bill serves as the pastor of Living Hope GBC. After graduating from Grace Seminary M. Div, he was the pastor of the Grafton GBC before joining the staff at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church to plant Living Hope. Bill is married to Linda, who loves the outdoors, hunting & camping.
Church: Friendship Grace Brethren Church
Rich serves as the pastor of Friendship Grace Brethren Church. He holds a Ph.D. in Christian Philosophy and Apologetics, a Theology Masters and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies.