ABEL AGUILAR M.A: LEAD PASTOR
Abel preached his first sermon in the third grade. While his teacher was discussing the theory of evolution, he stood up, rebuked the teacher, and declared to the entire class that "people were created by God … NOT evolved from "monkeys."
God’s hand was evident on Abel’s life through his younger years. He was healed of a crippling incurable bone disease, and later of severe asthma. As a result, his faith growing up was strong and passionate and would serve God’s purpose later in life as he became a professional BMX motocross racer and later an evangelist.
Entering Bible College Abel became involved with many ministerial opportunities and even executed an evangelistic trip to Russia. In October of 1991, right after the coupe attempt in Moscow, Abel blazed through several cities preaching the gospel and praying for the sick. Thousand were saved and healed.
Abel holds a Bachelors of Arts in New and Old Testament Theology and a Masters of Arts degree in Biblical Literature and Advanced Languages. He has been affectionately nicknamed “Bible Man” by many for his in-depth knowledge of scripture and biblical languages.
Abel has a passion to minister to all age-groups, seeing their lives transformed and healed by the power of God. He truly believes that a church can exist where people care for one another, work collectively in a spirit of humility, continually grow in friendship together, and exhibit God’s power just like the church in the Book of Acts.
JUSTYN SMITH: ADVISORY PASTOR
Justyn Smith is the husband to one amazing wife and father to six beautiful children. They live in the greater Minneapolis area and Justyn serves as the Family Ministries Pastor at River Valley Church. He is an advocate for the local church who believes the local church is the hope of the world.
DR. BRYAN DAVENPORT: ADVISORY PASTOR
Bryan desires that all people know the magnificent and measureless love of Jesus, living in the full force of the finished work of the cross, and that they experience and enjoy God's power and purpose for their life. He passionately believes that God is good and has good for us.
Bryan graduated from George Fox University with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership, completed a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary, and has earned Doctorate from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Bryan and his lovely wife Laura have 4 children--Benjamin, Emily, Maxwell, and Spencer.
DR, ELOY NOLIVOS: ADVISORY PASTOR
Eloy is originally from Ecuador, South America, but his family migrated to the United States when he was a year old. In the past 25 years, he has served in the roles of educator, missionary, chaplain, administrator, and minister. Education has been a life long dream and adventure he has pursued. He has worked in the church, in academia, and in the secular sphere with distinction. Dr. Nolivos is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Oral Roberts University helping students connect the dots between their theological studies and their ministerial and vocational formation.
Eloy is a scholar-practitioner who understands how to apply theological insights to every-day realities faced by people in the real world. He is deeply spiritual, and sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, while at the same time understands that the discipline of the mind have a critical role to play in the church. The breadth of depth of both his experience in ministry and scholarly research are evident in his life. He is able to communicate the insights he has gained from both practical experience and academic study in ways that make them accessible to others at a variety of levels. Dr. Nolivos teaches courses on preaching, pastoral care, spiritual disciplines, church administration, missions, and other areas of practical ministry, but also courses on Bible, the history of the church, and contemporary contextual theologies. Most important to him is his commitment to leadership formation for a global church, and his ability to work in cross-cultural settings effectively.
Eloy has published particularly in the various areas of Latin American religion and Latin American Pentecostalism. He is fast emerging as a younger Latino Pentecostal scholar who will be an important bridge between the pentecostal-charismatic academy and increasingly “brown” North American church as we move further into the 21st century.
Virginia, his wife, and Zoe (15 yrs. old), their daughter have been his biggest supporters throughout his career. He has been married for 18 years. At the age of nine years old, Dr. Nolivos confessed Jesus Christ as savior and Lord of his life. In spite of drifting away during the end of his adolescent years, he returned to the Lord and answered the call to ministry and service in Latin America and the United States.