CCF is organized with a "plurality of elders" form of government with a headship. God uses each of the three elders/pastors to oversee different aspects of the various ministries of CCF. Our elders serve as the spiritual covering for the congregation assisted by an Advisory Council.
While governed by our elders and assisted by advisors, our ultimate spiritual protection, guidance and covering come from the Lord Jesus Christ. Meet our elders:
Rev. Raffoul Najem
Pastor Najem was born in Beirut Lebanon, and was saved in 1971 through a Foursquare Missionary. He graduated from Life Bible College in 1974, and immigrated to the United States in 1976. Pastor Najem was ordained by Middle East Gospel Outreach Ministries in 1980, and by Faith Christian Fellowship International in 1994. He and his family joined CCF in 1982. As a co-founder, Pastor Najem has functioned as the Senior Pastor since 1990. Since May 2010 Pastor Najem has been an Affiliated Minister with the Foursquare Association. He has been teaching and preaching the Word of God for the past 30 years in the U.S. and abroad, with authority and power in a practical way that is relevent and life-changing.
Rev. Elvira "Vi" Whitcomb
Having planted the church along with Pastor Raffoul Najem and John Purpura, Pastor Vi served on the executive board of Women’s Aglow fellowship in the 70’s and pastored home fellowship groups for years. She was ordained by Faith Christian Fellowship International in 1988. Pastor Vi has planted and conducted nursing home ministries, women’s Bible studies, and women’s retreats for more than 20 years. She now oversees women and children’s ministries, and prayer, home, and small group gatherings.
Bishop David Karaya
Bishop Karaya was called to the ministry at the age of 20 when he was appointed as a local church Pastor with the Assemblies of God Church in Kenya. Three years later he attended the East Africa School of Theology where he graduated with a BA in Bible and Theology. While in college he pioneered two churches. He went on to serve as a Senior Pastor, as a presbyter over 9 churches, as an Assistant Bishop and later as Bishop of 166 churches. He served at the East Africa School of Theology as Dean of Students, Lecturer and Business Administrator before moving to the U.S. Bishop Karaya then attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in Education. For a period of time Bishop functioned as the president of Kenya Pastor's Fellowship, Inc. in New England. He and his wife Rose became members of CCF in 1999 where he became an elder in 2009.
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