Outnumbered, outdaughtered, and outdogged is a great starting point. Living with one wife, four daughters, and two female puppies basically sums it up. Dr. Joe has heart that bleeds for the lost, the community, preaching, Sunday morning worship, and that our churches embody the heart of Christ. He received his bachelors from Nazarene Bible College, Masters from Cairn University in Pennsylvania, and earned Doctorate Degree from Olivet Nazarene University. Pastor is always ready to greet someone and welcome them. So, come meet Dr. Joe and his precious family.
Pastor Joey can be best described as innovative, animated, and excited to serve Jesus. He currently serves as the Pastor of Student & Young Adult Ministries at AFC. Married to his best friend Stacie together with their sweet daughter, little Annie – collectively known as the Claus Family – they seek to empower younger believers to truly live out their faith through a simple phrase, ‘Saved People, Serve People.’
Joey is an honors graduate from Ohio Christian University, where he double majored in Pastoral Ministries and Business Administration. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Pastoral Leadership program through Olivet Nazarene University. Having grown up in the Church of the Nazarene, Joey has worked toward ordination and will be confirmed in 2022.
For the past 7+ years, Joey has served congregations in Indiana, Ohio, and Virginia and has emersed himself into teenage culture – along with all its pros and cons. He is committed to investing in every student and determined to help them discover where their true identity comes from – Jesus Christ.
When not in the office, Joey can be found exploring local cultural and culinary scenes or dabbling in graphic design. He is an avid reader, coffee addict, and Indianapolis Colts Fan. He and Stacie can often be found vacationing in the mountains of Tennessee or the beaches of Florida.
Whether you’re new to AFC or have been here forever, I’m here to help! Stop in, email me, or give me a call, and I will give it my best try!
After hours, some of my favorite things to do are spending time with my wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters, reading, baking cookies, watching Hallmark movies, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs!
I love to travel and see new places and am usually known to be planning that next trip. Last year I marked Prince Edward Island off my bucket list! Some of my favorite destinations have been Colorado, Utah, Marco Island and cruising the Pacific Coast Highway. Our family tries to visit a different MLB ballpark each year and my count is currently at 18. Go, Cubs, Go!
2 Timothy 4:17
Spanish Ministries Pastor
Hello, my name is Elias Cabello. I was born and grew up in Mexico City. I am the second son of a pastor’s family. All of my life has been played out in the brotherhood of Christ. I was baptized at 15 years of age. I have always wanted to do something to help my parents in their ministry. After finishing my studies in architectural design, I followed one of the other passions of my life: Study music, which would help in my parents’ ministry. I married Liliana in 1985, and God confirmed our call to ministry in 1987. She is also the daughter of pastors. God has given us the blessing of 6 children, whom we love deeply. Now we are the grandparents of Allyana and Luca. They are an extension of our live and passion for the family.
We grew in ministry for 10 years in Mexico City. Then we arrived in Sacramento, California in the year 1998 to begin working in Hispanic ministries in the United States. We moved to Indiana in the year 2001 to continue working with Hispanic churches in northern Indiana. In 2008 we became part of the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. We came to the city of Anderson, to AFC AND WE ARE STILL HERE!
As a Hispanic family, we get great pleasure in being a bridge to connect families to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The family circle will always be a strategic nexus for carrying this to fruition.
We greatly enjoy passing time with friends, family and brothers and sisters in Christ. Our purpose is always to be a reflection of service and of the love of God in their lives.
I was born and raised in the great state of Washington, along with my five siblings, two horses, ten chickens, some rabbits, a couple of dogs and a pig. Suffice to say there was never a dull moment growing up. I love Jesus, good food and Gonzaga basketball.
I have been an active member of the Nazarene Church my whole life and have had the opportunity to serve my Jesus leading worship, teaching Sunday school, leading youth/small group bible studies and bringing the message on Sunday. For the last three years I was starting a Nazarene church in Latacunga, Ecuador (South America), where I was able to experience God and His kingdom like never before. In the process of planting this church I discovered a passion for working with kids and helping them see God. Working alongside 2 other members of my team we developed a kid’s ministry from the ground up and consistently had over 35 kids attending after about a year of work. While I was there, I also met the love of my life, and we are getting married this Fall.
I’m very passionate about teaching kids how to grow and experience God not only in church or reading the bible, but in play, school and everyday life. I am so excited to be part of what God is doing here at AFC Nazarene and ready for what’s to come.
I grew up on a farm 20 miles north of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. My parents were very involved in the Church of the Nazarene, so I attended a week after I was born. After receiving a Religion degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary, I began ministry as an associate pastor in Auburn, Indiana in 1979. I have been the pastor of three churches and associate at four during the past 41 years.
I officially met my wife, Nancy, while attending Seminary and we were married in 1976. God has blessed us with a son, daughter, and three grandchildren.
I enjoy ministering to people and doing whatever I can to point them to a loving Savior who not only died for their sins, but is able to live in their hearts and help them with the various life choices they make.