ECC is an elder-led congregation. We believe that the Bible teaches that every church is to be led by a team of biblically qualified shepherds called ‘elders’ or ‘pastors.’ This team of men oversees and cares for the congregation as a whole.
Some of our elders are employed by the church, though most work in a regular job. All elders meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9, and they endeavor to lead the church through example, preaching, teaching, discipling, and counseling. They meet regularly for shepherding, prayer, and spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church.
For an appointment with an elder, please email email@example.com.
Elias was born and grew up in Ethiopia. He married his wife Meron in 2010 and they have been blessed with two children, Yohanna and Zoe. He moved to Abu Dhabi in 2011 and worked for Ethiopian Airlines for 8 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in management, and also studied mechanical engineering and aviation maintenance. Elias enjoys traveling with family and swimming. He works at the Sanad Group as a supervisor of Aero/Industrial engine inspection. Elias has been attending ECC since 2016 and became a member of ECC in 2019. He is serving in the ECC Amharic ministry.
Andrew grew up in Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom and has a background as a civil engineer. He and his wife Anna, a New Zealander, arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2009 and have four young children, Maggie, Johnny, Tommy, and Abigail. Before coming to the UAE, they lived in New York and London, attending Presbyterian and Anglican churches. Andrew leads a life group (currently in the Khalifa Park area) and also serves with the children’s ministry and the Center Administrative Committee, which provides support on the running of the center building and facilities.
Jay and his wife Donna transferred from Fort Worth, Texas (U.S.A.) to Abu Dhabi in 2006, to pursue an overseas adventure. Jay has been blessed with his wife and best friend of 37 years and his two beautiful daughters. In his spare time, Jay enjoys reading, basketball, volleyball, and taekwondo. Jay works at the Abu Dhabi International Airport as an electrical engineer and engineering manager. Jay became a member of ECC in 2013 and has been serving as an elder since 2018. Other areas of service have included Youth Leadership Council, Children’s Ministry as a volunteer and teacher, and The Gideon’s International.
Romy was born and grew up in the Philippines. He became involved in school outreach ministries as a college student and community church education ministry after graduation. He has served as a youth leader and Bible teacher. In 2005 he moved to Abu Dhabi to work in an engineering consulting firm. He is leading a life group, serving the Marhaba and Filipino group of ECC. Romy and his wife, Lea have been married for 17 years and have one son. He enjoys family traveling in different places, watching movies, playing basketball, and reading books.
Samuel was born on the small island of Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands, and grew up in London. He graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MBA from London Business School and now works in the healthcare industry. He married his wife Naomi in 2007 and they have been blessed with 4 children. He has been living in the UAE since 2011. Samuel has served in various roles at ECC over the past 4 years; he currently serves with both the Marhaba team and Children’s Ministry. He has a passion for discipleship and advancing the glorious gospel. He is a keen triathlete and enjoys reading.
Christoper (Chris) was born and raised in Pasig City in the Philippines. After working in the Philippines for 11 years, in 2010, Christoper moved to Abu Dhabi to work for a construction company, and by God’s grace, his family joined him in 2012. He leads a life group and also regularly leads the church in congregational singing. Christoper completed a Master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management in September 2017. He loves to read books, listen to sermons, watch sports, cook, and listen to Christian songs. Chris is married to Gloria and has three children, Abigail, James, and Jeremiah.
Cass was born and raised in Texas in the USA. He has a BS in Business Management and currently works as the Facility Manager of The Evangelical Church - Abu Dhabi. He and his wife, Lauren, have lived in Abu Dhabi since 2010. While living in Abu Dhabi, they have been blessed with two happy and energetic little boys. In the past ten years, Cass has been actively involved with ECC Life Groups, the Marhaba ministry, and the high school and children’s ministries. By God's grace, Cass has a heart for proclaiming the Gospel, making disciples of Christ, and faithfully shepherding the flock. He enjoys reading, watching and playing sports, traveling, learning about other cultures, and all things food.
Edwin is from the Philippines. He worked full time in a Christian media ministry for several years after finishing college in the US. He was a lay elder in a local church in Quezon City before coming to Abu Dhabi in 2008. Edwin works as a system administrator in a hotel management company since 2010. He and his wife, Aileen, have been married since 1995. Both officially became members of ECC in 2013. They have served in life groups and other ministries at ECC. Their two daughters, Nina and Mia, are also baptized Christians. Edwin loves swimming at the beach.
Allan was born and raised in the Philippines. He graduated from university with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He served in ECC’s praise and worship team as a drummer. He also assists the church by leading a Bible study group. He has been married to Flordeliza since 2009. He works for a construction company in Abu Dhabi in the HR department. He spends most of his leisure with his wife and son, Shebaniah. He enjoys reading.
Oscar is happily married to Paola and they have two little girls, Sara and Sofia. He was born and grew up in a small village in Colombia and after attaining his engineering degree, he moved to the Middle East over 18 years ago and is currently working for an O&G Company in Abu Dhabi. Oscar has attended ECC since 2006 and enjoys being involved in Children’s Ministry. He is also thankful for the opportunities that God has provided to serve him in the Benevolence Committee and now as an elder as they have been of great help in his spiritual growth. He is very passionate about golf, he actively follows the PGA tour and plays as many times as he can every week.
Curt grew up in Kansas in the U.S.A. From a young age, he became interested in ministry and living overseas and has lived in Peru and China. In 2010, God blessed him with his amazing wife Michelle, and now they have two daughters. From 2012-2017, Curt served as a pastor at a church in Kansas. His favorite parts of ministry are spending time with people, equipping people to use their gifts, and preaching/teaching God's word. He enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds, singing and playing with his daughters and son, and drinking black coffee with friends.
Anwar was born in a small town in the mountains of Lebanon to a Roman Catholic family. In 1990, he married his wife Julene. Anwar was officially ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1994. In 1996, Anwar & Julene had a strong leading from the Lord to move to the U.A.E., where Anwar’s parents were residing. Upon arrival to the UAE, Anwar & Julene immediately started attending and serving at ECC. Throughout the years, Anwar served at ECC as a bible study leader, member of the church board, and director of Men’s Ministry among other things. Anwar & Julene have three children, Jared, Eric, and Jessica.
Aubrey and his wife Nishika were born and raised in Chennai, India. Aubrey was a rock musician before the Lord saved him. After completing his Bachelor's in engineering, Aubrey worked in the IT industry for several years while engaging in bi-vocational ministry and church-planting. In 2010, following the Lord's call to vocational ministry, Aubrey enrolled at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed an M.Div and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology while serving a local church in various capacities. Aubrey and Nishika love spending time with people, understanding new cultures, and trying new ethnic foods. They have been blessed with three delightful little girls.
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Adam was born in Jakarta. He is married to Ika and they have a son, Joshua. They grew up in Jakarta and both graduated from the same university. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and worked with Siemens Healthcare in Jakarta and now in Abu Dhabi. Adam and his family have been attending ECC since they came in 2011 and became a member in 2013. Currently, he is leading the Indonesian Men’s Bible Study. He loves to sing and play musical instruments.
Nigussie grew up in Ethiopia. He received a BA in Foreign Languages. He lived in the U.K. for several years while pursuing his MA and Ph.D. studies in language education. He has worked in higher education for over 20 years as a teacher and a director of curriculum and quality assurance. Before coming to the UAE, Nigussie served on an eldership team and on a Bible college board. He also taught communication and leadership courses at a seminary in Ethiopia. Currently, he serves as a life-group leader and Marhaba team member. Nigussie and his wife, Genet Tesafye, have 3 God-loving children. Nigussie loves coffee, especially Ethiopian coffee.