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.
- Region A: Arctic, Hawaii, Mountain Plains, Nor-Cal, Pacific Northwest, Southern California-Arizona, Iowa Midlands, and Heartland
- Region B: Northcentral Ohio, Northeastern Ohio, Northwest Ohio, Tri-State, Allegheny and Western Pennsylvania
- Region C: Blue Ridge, Chesapeake, Mid-Atlantic, Northern Atlantic, Florida, and Southern.
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.
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 Theological Seminary and has been married to his wife, Jan, for 44 years. They have three grown children. He is also chaplain for Springfield Township Fire department and has been involved with the leadership of the Northwest Ohio District since its inception.
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.
Devin Livingston came to Community of Grace in November 2016 from Calvert County, Md., where he served in a 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 more than 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. .
Desir is the Junior and Missions Pastor at Mispa Missionary Community Church in North Miami, Fla. He is originally from Tortuga, Haiti. Desir has been very active in Florida District and in planting churches in the Haitian community in South Florida. He is also the church planter for a new church in Brooksville, Fla. Desir and his wife, Gina, have three daughters.
Charis Fellowship Cooperating Districts have the privilege of nominating names to the Fellowship Council. The Charis Fellowship nominating committee can add names if needed to complete the ballot.