ChurchTogether: November 10
On November 10, Alliance Theological Seminary will gather Christians from all walks of life to explore how to advance the Kingdom of God through healthy relationships and partnerships among men and women. We will livestream Missio Alliance's ChurchTogether Summit and learn from a local panel of practitioners.
Stories of broken and unhealthy relationships between people abound. The #MeToo movement's stories spawned #Churchtoo, a movement that tells stories of sexual abuse in the church.
It’s not new that the church is full of broken, sinful humans. It’s a hospital with the only Healer whose work is eternal. It’s also not new for the world to talk about the problems within the church; many Christians have fallen into grievous scandal.
But the ChurchTogether Summit responds with something new. It tells better stories, and more than that, it tells God's redemptive story for human relationships.
Join us as we move forward to healthy relationships that glorify God and advance God's Kingdom!
ONEYA FENNELL OKUWOBI
Please see the ChurchTogether website for complete information.
Denise Rhrissorrakrai joined the Hope Astoria pastoral staff team in 2015. She enjoys listening to people’s stories and her passion is to see people thrive through forming an intimate relationship with Christ.
Denise grew up in central Pennsylvania, then moved to Boston to pursue her B.A. at Harvard University. After graduating in 2000, she worked at Oracle and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In 2004, God rocked her world by calling her into a church-planting adventure in New York City, and it’s been home to her ever since. She served on staff for several years at the Vineyard church she helped to plant in Manhattan before transitioning to pursue her MSW from Hunter College. Denise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has enjoyed working as a counselor. She currently lives in Woodside with her beloved husband Kahn.
Drew Hyun is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown (2014), as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC (2012), a family of diverse churches in and around NYC. In 2016, Drew co-founded the New City Network, a network of urban churches that value multi-ethnicity, Spirit-filled ministry, emotional health, and mission. Drew loves cities, ESPN, and naps, and finds it a restful Sabbath when all three come together. He resides in New York City with his wife Christina and their son David and daughter Avery. Drew is the author of no books.
Jennifer Sheridan was born in England, but has called the US home for over 30 years. She grew up in the Anglican tradition before becoming a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). After serving in ministry for over 19 years both in the Bronx, NY and in NJ, Jennifer became a consecrated C&MA minister in 2017. For the last 5 years she has served as the director of Small Groups and Women’s ministry, Spiritual Connections Director, and currently as the WeServe Ministry leader at Princeton Alliance Church in Plainsboro, NJ.
Jennifer is the founder of the Global Youth Transformation Initiative, a non-profit organization that serves at risk children in the US. She is a Yale graduate and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry at Alliance Theological seminary. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys long walks, and photography.
She now calls Trenton NJ home.
Kayra Montanez-Davila serves as the Campus Pastor at Liquid Church’s largest location - its Broadcast Campus in Morris County. Originally from Puerto Rico, Kayra relocated to New Jersey in 2012 with her family in order to secure the best care possible for her son, Andy, who has Down syndrome. Seeing Liquid’s passion to serve those with Special Needs, Kayra and her husband Jose decided to make Liquid their church home. Kayra quickly became an integral part of the Liquid family before transitioning to her current role as Campus Pastor, in which she oversees the entire Morris County campus staff as she leads Liquid’s flagship location.
While Kayra has ministry in her blood - her father previously served as a pastor for a church in Puerto Rico - she also has a background in law. Kayra graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and worked as an attorney for nearly a decade before moving to New Jersey.
In her spare time, Kayra loves spending time with her husband of 15 years and her two kids.
As part of the executive leadership team at Liquid Church, Mike Leahy is responsible for the primary oversight of all Liquid campuses, while pursuing a vision to double Liquid’s footprint to 12 campuses in the next 5 years. A part of the Liquid family since the beginning, Mike’s sole focus is to lead and build-into our team of Campus Pastors. Mike and his wife Tara were born and still reside in Scotch Plains, NJ with their 3 teenage daughters. A former semi-professional soccer player and avid outdoorsman, he enjoys watching his kids learn about their Heavenly Father, themselves, and others through athletic competition and God’s creation.
Kelvin Walker has served with the C&MA for the past 30 years in churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Beach, and as the former campus pastor of Nyack College. He is also an adjunct instructor at Alliance Theological Seminary. He has ministered nationally and internationally, both as a guest speaker and guest worship leader.
He’s in his second term as a member of the C&MA Board of Directors (where he serves as the vice-chair), is a member-at-large the President’s Cabinet of the C&MA and is the current president of the Association of African American Pastors, Consecrated Women, and Licensed Workers of the C&MA. He and Doni Vargas-Walker, the beautiful woman to whom he’s been married since 1989, have three handsome sons, three beautiful daughters, two phenomenal daughters-in-law, and one great son-in-law.