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.
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 was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in the Lutheran Church. Having been raised by Christian parents, I learned a lot about Christ and faith but really began to live it out toward the end of high school. I was asked to join the leadership team for my church’s middle school youth ministry during my junior and senior years. This ministry experience opened my eyes to the heart that God has for youth. After high school I attended Indiana Wesleyan University where I was recruited to play golf.
By the end of my freshman year I was confident the Spirit was calling me into ministry so I changed my major to study Sports Ministry. Through a few intro courses I realized I had a passion for studying scripture and have discovered the reality and power that comes from God’s word.
I have a great desire to serve youth in order to emphasize their value as members of the body of Christ and equip them to fulfill the calling Christ has put on their lives. I believe God desires to use each one of us to be conduits of his love and grace in the world and I am excited to participate in the ways that AFC is fulfilling this mission.
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
Tressena and her family recently moved to Indiana from Texas.
In her role as Discipleship Pastor, her mission is to create content that will build a community of believers who are committed to carrying out the Great Commission of making disciples.
Pastor Tressena believes that discipleship is a life-long process of disciples who make disciples, by teaching the word of God and modeling with their lives how to live a life of faith and holiness, with a deep love in obedience to Christ.
In her time away from ministry she enjoys being with her family, crafts/woodworking, and cheering on her favorite football team (Houston Texans).
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 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.