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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 currently serves on the ECC Board and the Director of Teen Ministries Search Committee. Other areas of service have included Youth Leadership Council, Children’s Ministry as a volunteer and teacher, and The Gideon’s International.
Kurankyi was born in England to Ghanaian parents and then grew up in southern Ghana as a child. He returned to the UK after university to study for a master’s degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and work. At present, he works for a software company in Abu Dhabi, giving support to airlines in the region. He enjoys watching football (soccer) and writing fiction. He has been married to Eliz since 1997 and they have two sons David and Andrew. They came to Abu Dhabi in 2010 and have been with ECC since then. Kurankyi served as a House Group leader and Sunday school teacher at his previous church. He currently leads a Life Group with Eliz and serves with the Marhaba team and Children’s Ministry.
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. He was a member of the last ECC Board in 2017. 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.
Andrew grew up in the eastern U.S.A. and received a degree in engineering from Miami University. He has worked in manufacturing and healthcare. Currently, Andrew works for a hospital in Abu Dhabi where he leads teams to improve patient safety, quality and experience. He has served as a deacon at his previous churches. He enjoys home projects, ultimate Frisbee, and skiing. Andrew and his wife Brenda have been married for 13 years and have 3 children. As a family, they worked with refugee resettlement for 10 years. They are excited to partner with ECC to advance the Gospel.
Samuel was born in 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 leads a Life Group with Naomi and 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.
Raymond is from Indonesia and comes from a Christian family background. He started serving the Lord in various capacities since he was a student, both in the Christian student fellowship in Jakarta during his undergraduate study and in a local church in Budapest during his postgraduate study. He moved to Abu Dhabi in 2005, working in the telecommunication & IT industries and has joined ECC since then. God blessed him with his wife Yudith and two lovely children. He was a member of the ECC Board from January 2014 and starting January 2018 has become be one of ECC's elders. Currently, he is serving in the Indonesian group ministry, Marhaba ministry, and music ministry. His passions are in music and sports, traveling and outdoor photography.
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.
Jeramie grew up in the U.S.A. in Las Vegas. He received a BA in Bible and Ancient Languages from Wheaton College, and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jeramie pastored a church in the Boston area for 20 years before coming to ECC. He is an author and trains pastors in expository preaching through the Charles Simeon Trust. Jeramie and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for more than 25 years. They have four children. Jeramie enjoys the outdoors, movies and board games.
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.
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 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.