Aubrey Sequeira - Senior Pastor
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.
Wyley Jenkins - Interim Associate Pastor & Ruwais Church Planter
Pastor Wyley was saved in 1999, married in 2001, and has served in missions and pastoral ministry since 2003. With his wife Georgie, he has worked in church planting in Guatemala. They served indigenous tribes who had not heard the gospel in Colombia and Brazil. They were blessed to be a part of a church plant in South Asia. Wyley served as Pastor in Texas for 4 years, and as Associate Pastor of IBC Madrid, Spain for 2 years. Wyley and Georgie are blessed with 3 wonderful children, Matthew, Nathan and Elizabeth. He is excited to be the church planter for ECC Ruwais.
Ben Zamora - Director of Family Ministries
Ben grew up in California in the U.S.A. At the age of 18, the Lord gave him a heart for missions and serving the local church overseas. He received a BA in Church Leadership & World Missions. Over the years, he has served in various capacities within the local church, but especially in youth ministries and he loves working with students & parents. After moving to Colorado, Ben met Camryn and they married in 2006. They have 4 wonderful children. Ben is an extrovert and a foodie. He loves meeting people, being adventurous, camping, hunting, and anything outdoors, but more than anything, he loves spending time with his family.
Michael Franco Smit - Interim Pastoral Assistant
Michael was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing his Bachelor’s in education, he worked as a high school teacher for eight years in both South Africa and the UAE. He recently completed the Pastoral Internship program at UCCD in Dubai. In 2019, the Lord blessed him with a beautiful and godly wife Claudia. Michael enjoys watching rugby, cricket and football, playing Xbox, and studying history. Michael and Claudia love to go on road trips, getting to know new cultures and spending time with friends and family. His favourite part of ministry is discipling men by studying the Scripture one verse at a time.
J.P. Stokes - Interim Pastoral Assistant
J.P. and his wife Megan are from the U.S. and are parents to three boys. J.P. studied History and Linguistics at University before attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for his M.Div where they met Aubrey and Nishika. While time at SBTS was formative and helpful, the most helpful part of their time in Louisville was membership at Immanuel Baptist Church which modeled for them meaningful church membership and instilled in them an abiding love for the local church. For the last several years they have been working in South Asia where J.P. has been involved in pastoral ministry, theological education, and evangelism. Prior to moving overseas, they were engaged in a variety of ministries in the U.S., particularly with internationals there. They love traveling together, meeting people, trying new foods, and reading.
Shyam Pasula - Telugu Church Planter
Shyam is from Telangana, India. He came to faith at the age of 12 and God has given him a desire to reach out and share the gospel to people. He has been involved in overseeing an orphanage as well as training children, youth, and pastors for four years. In 2019, he completed his Masters in Pastoral Training at a seminary in India. He then came to Abu Dhabi to join ECC’s Global Pastoral Apprenticeship Program and completed it in 2020. Shyam is currently working to plant a Telugu-speaking church in Abu Dhabi. He desires to plant a Bible-based church and make disciples of Jesus among Telugu-speakers in Abu Dhabi. He enjoys playing cricket and reading books.
Atsede Seyoum Shiferaw - Church Administrator
Atsede was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Married to Wondwossen Kassa since 2000, the Lord has blessed her with three wonderful children: Robel 20, Sarah 19, and Yoseph 9. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and her entire career has been working in the Airline Industry. She moved to Abu Dhabi in 2011 and recently joined ECC for her new adventure as the Church Administrator. She enjoys cooking for her family, friends, and anybody who enjoys eating!
Arno Milne - Accountant
Arno grew up in South Africa in the city of Pretoria. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting sciences during the ’90s at the University of Pretoria. Before joining the ECC team in February of 2019, he has worked as the main accountant at several businesses in South Africa, the U.K. and the U.A.E. He lived in London for several years where he met his lovely wife Carlien at church. His wife started a new position in Abu Dhabi early 2013 and he joined her in October of that year. They got married in September 2013 and have been blessed with a daughter and son. Arno enjoys a round of golf, reading, watching all sports and traveling in his spare time.
Innah Teodoro - Interim Administrative and Communications Assistant
Innah was born and raised in the Philippines but has spent the majority of her teen years living in Abu Dhabi. In 2018, she graduated from Abu Dhabi University with a degree in Mass Communication specializing in Broadcast Journalism. Innah became a member of ECC in 2017 and has since been serving in the Youth Ministry. She enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, and taking photos.