Ministerial Education & Guidance
The Ministerial Education and Guidance (commonly called the MEG) is responsible for qualifying, guiding, counseling, and mentoring candidates for ordination as they prepare for ministry. In addition, the MEG is responsible for pastoral accountability, disciplinary actions, and partnering in restoration. As with all Free Methodist Church leadership, the board is comprised of an equal number of ministerial and lay (non-ordained) leaders.
Robin Van Etten
Nominees for Ministerial Education & Guidance Board
Each year, Free Methodist Churches elect new board members to replace outgoing leaders. The following are nominees for the Ministerial Education & Guidance Board and will be voted on between April 30 and May 10. Newly elected members will be added to the above list after voting.
Jan has been in ministry for 35 years, for the last 8 as the Children’s Pastor at Cucamonga Christian Fellowship (CCF). In March of this year, she transitioned to Counseling Pastor at CCF, where she has started a counseling center that serves the Church and surrounding community.
She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from APU, is administrative, loves to raise up leaders, and wants to see the Church be all it was created to be and do. She has been married for 45 years, has 4 married children, and 10 grandkids.
Norma serves as a board member and is also a leader in the children’s ministry. She has also had a secular job as a supervisor for 22 years. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family & friends as well as travel and go for walks or read.
Angie is serving as an associate pastor at Chapel of Change and has been with them since the launch. Her duties include pastor of children’s ministries and support pastor of ministry systems at all 4 campuses. She also helps direct leaders and directors in the LMC/CMC/LLM journey.
She graduated from Cal Baptist with a masters in Christian Education and Administration and has served in Christian schools teaching, developing programs and administrating as a Principal for 35 years. She has a passion to support the FMC and believes it is her duty to inspire, empower and equip churches to serve Christ in excellence and humility.
Career – teacher, children’s pastor, adult bible teacher, small group leader and speaker.
Current Ministry – leading treatment at the City of Hope.
Personal – Married to husband, Brad, for 32 years, four children and two grandchildren; racial reconciliation ministry at Light and Life North as well as for FMCSC, speaker/facilitator for the Center for Racial Reconciliation, Fellowship Monrovia Church.
Current Employment – hospital teacher for children receiving cancer.
Amaury Del Villar
Amaury nací en Santo Domingo Republica Dominicana el 9 Junio 1971 Conozco del Señor Jesucristo de la edad de los Nueve años desde entonces sentí que Dios me estaba llamando al ministerio actualmente mi familia & yo somos miembros activos de la Iglesia en Cucamonga Christian Fellowship mi Pastor Fraser venter tengo estudio teológicos una Licenciatura en teología y actualmente soy estudiante de maestría en Arte Pastorales en APU Seminary soy miembro de la CMC Candidate.
Me considero una persona muy Inquieto en cuanto al ministerio se trata me gusta la excelencia para Dios y trabajar en equipos para lograr objetivos.
Ely is the co-Executive & Worship Pastor at Light & Life Christian Fellowship. He has served for five years working on building new and rebuilding existing ministries plus leads the men’s ministry.
He grew up in a Spanish church and understands the needs and value the Hispanic community brings. In the community he created art programs like the Urban Arts Crew and iHeart Wilmington. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Religion, loves writing music, playing basketball, and making his kids laugh. He lives with his wife Oshi of 12 years & his daughter, Sophia Rose, and son, Luca Kingsley.
Marla has been involved at various times with the conference, serving on the Board of Administration (current Chair), Property and Finance Board, MAC, MEG Board, and with the Center For Transformational Leadership. She is an Annual and General Conference delegate and part of the denomination’s Minutes Review Committee. She has been a member of Cucamonga Christian Fellowship for 24 year and involved on the LBOA, and Treasurer.
She holds a business degree from APU and is a retired VP at First Interstate Bank. Her heart is for God, family, healthy Biblical communities of faith, encouraging and developing leaders, healthy functional church structures, and serving and growing the Kingdom.
Shelby has attended CCF for more than 20 years. She earned an MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary emphasizing ancient Near Eastern studies and was ordained in 2018.
Her passion is discipleship and sound biblical theology. She began mentoring over ten years ago and has seen its amazing benefits. She currently volunteers as an equipping pastor and has assisted with membership classes, taught baptism classes, preached, and served on the local board. She also serves as a mentor for CCF’s LMCs and CMCs. From these experiences she feels she will be able to relate, encourage, and support ordinands and pastors.
Brian has taught theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific Seminary for six years. In the seminary and on the MEG board he has worked to help shape the future leaders of the church in theologically healthy ways.
Robert recognized his call to ministry in 1988 and has a degree in Religion from the University of La Verne, a Master’s in Theology from George Fox, and DMin. In addition he has served two appointments with the Salvation Army spanning 15 years. After serving the Lord for more than 30 years Robert became a father in ministry to more than 20 young and not so young ministers of the gospel. This privilege has ignited what he sees as being the ministry in the next season of his life preparing bi-vocational pastors and church planters for urban missionary work.
His skills include enterprise counseling, mentoring teaching and training. In addition to his church roles he serves as the local administrator for the Antioch School for Church Planting and Leadership, which is located at Los Angeles Community Church.
Guillermo was educated as the son of a Spanish father and a Salvadoran mother. He met Jesus at an early age and has served in many areas of the church in many communities. He has planted churches in different countries and has been a Pastor since 2007, while working as General Manager and CEO in the automotive industry. He has a Bachelor’s in Theology along with an MDiv.
He has an extreme passion to bring souls to the Lord and considers himself an apprentice, an imperfect man following a perfect God and trying to do His will every day. He currently serves as Associate Pastor in Cucamonga Christian Fellowship.
Kari was ordained in 2000 while serving as an Associate Pastor in the North Central Conference where she served from 1996-2002.
She came to California in 2002 to pursue a Masters of Divinity at APU. In 2003, she was appointed to Brookside Church in Redlands and served there in multiple capacities as a pastor. Most recently, she was appointed to California Avenue Christian Fellowship in Riverside. She is married with one daughter.
Bob is part of the pastoral team at Rose City Church and is serving bi-vocationally as a college track & field coach.
He has served in pastoral ministry for 30 years and also taught biblical studies at the college and grad level for 15 years. As part of his service, Bob has been deeply invested in ministerial training and credentialing, and has led efforts to make the process more inclusive and responsive to the diverse circumstances of the people God has called to serve.
Scott is an ordained elder and attends Foothill Community Church. He has a Masters in Theology with concentration in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently in a PhD program in Hebrew Bible at Claremont.
He is particularly interested in promoting theological and Biblical literacy for ordination candidates as well as encouraging and empowering those whom God has called to lead, especially women and people of color.
Michelle is proud to be a part of the FMC and blessed to serve as an associate pastor at The Foundry Community Church in Escondido. Additionally, she is a Christian school administrator and has served in many other areas of ministry leadership over the past 16 years including children’s ministry, youth ministry, church planting, small groups and preaching and teaching.
She and her husband Robert have been married for 26 years and are proud parents of two great sons. She would consider it an incredible privilege to serve on the Ministerial Education and Guidance Board.