Antoine Destin, Elder Chair, Elder for Children's Ministry married to Stacie Destin Antoine was born to a West Indian father (Georges Destin) and an African-American mother (Dorothy Smith). He is the second oldest of five boys. He was raised in a Christian home by his mother, grandmother and grandfather, who was a Baptist minister and served as a lead pastor for many years. Antoine earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Morgan State University in 1999. He is employed by Hormel Food Corporation (where he has worked since graduation) and is currently an Area Sales Manager. Antoine and Stacie married in 2003. They have two children, Jalen and Caleb. Stacie is a licensed (non-practicing) attorney. Antoine became a Christian as a youth. His walk with the Lord has been an amazing journey; one that has been marked with continuous repentance and faith. Antoine's heart's desire is to glorify God and bless others in all that he does; to lead his family as God desires; to make disciples who make disciples; to help lead others to Christ; and to help make God famous among all the nations! Antoine was able to use his spiritual gifts of exhortation and mercy at his previous church, Wellspring Church, in Charlotte where he served as Deacon.
Spencer Chow, Elder for International Student Ministry married to Christine Chow Spencer was born in China and spent his elementary years under the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution. His Christian family witnessed the imprisonment of his grandfather for his faith and business profile. At 11 years old, he ran with his family as refugees to Hong Kong. Spencer earned a B.A. in Music Education and Computer Science (Luther College). He became involved with the international ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1994 and worked as a music teacher in an inner city Minneapolis public school for two years, working with kids from diverse backgrounds and broken families. He married Christine in 1996 and they have one son, Lucas. Spencer currently works as a Database Administrator. Christine was born and raised in Malaysia. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Economics (luther College, a B.A. in Computer Science (Metro State), an A.A. in Media and Communications (Waldorf College), and a TEFL Certificate (Hamline University). She has worked at Mayo Clinic (Communications), Norwest Mortgage (Job Trainer), Valspar (Computer Programmer), and is currently working as an ESL Teacher at Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT). The Chows have over 20 years of ministry experience to the nations, working with adults and children in sharing the gospel, discipling new believers, counseling, and leading and building ministry teams, training and equipping others in ministry.
Juan Miranda, Elder for Youth Ministry married to Dorothy Miranda Juan is originally from Mexico and was born into a Catholic/animistic family. He and his family came to California undocumented in 1990 when he was six to seek a better life. In 2002, a friend in his same gang was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen by a rival gang. The Lord used that event to make Juan think about life after death, God and heaven. After Juan graduated high school, an old man came to his apartment and began to cry as he shared the Gospel; that God loved him so much that he sent his only son Jesus to earth to die for his sins, to take on himself the punishment he deserved. While he never saw the man again, Juan believed his message of Christ and trusted Jesus as his Savior that same day. He dedicated his life to Christ and began to serve in the local church. He met Dorothy soon after. In 2004, the Lord called Juan into missionary service. Juan left to go to Chihuahua, Mexico for missionary training with New Tribes Mission. In 2006 Dorothy also decided to leave everything behind to serve God along Juan's side. They both graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors in Intercultural Ministries. They planted four churches at the peak of the violent drug wars in Mexico. They had to leave Mexico in 2013 to attempt to revive their home church, but God closed those doors. In 2016 God provided a new ministry in the Twin Cities called Engage Global for them to serve through. They have three children, Levi, Camila and Eliam.
Kisongo Mbeleulu married to Jeanne Kisongo Kisongo was born and raised in a Christian family in the DR Congo. He earned an M.S. in Theology from a school of Theology in Congo. He also earned an M.A. in International Development at William Carey International University in Pasadena, CA. He has more than 10 years of pastoral experience in Congo and more than 10 years of multi-ethnic ministry in the Twin Cities. Jeanne was also raised in the DR Congo. She is the daughter of a pastor. She is a wonderful helper to her husband in different church ministries. They have eight children: Mawazo, Ibuchwa, Kilo, Neema, Malanda, Furaha, Bora and Catherine.
The Role of NCNC Elders: In keeping with the principles set forth in Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; 5:17; Tit. 1:5-9; Jam. 5:14; and 1 Pet. 5:1-4, the elders shall oversee the ministries and resources of the church. They shall seek the mind of Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as they joyfully undertake the work of shepherding God's flock. The elders shall teach and exhort; refute and admonish those who contradict the truth; pray for the sick; care for the church’s members; devote themselves to prayer, to the government of the church, and to ministry according to each one’s spiritual gifting. They shall be responsible for examining and instructing prospective members, examining and recommending all candidates for offices, overseeing the work of the deacons and other church leaders, conducting corporate worship meetings, administering the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, encouraging sound doctrine, equipping the membership for the work of the ministry, coordinating and promoting the ministries of the church, mobilizing the church for cross-cultural missional engagement (local and global), and overseeing church discipline. The elders are further to ensure that all who minister the Word to the congregation, including outside speakers, share our basic theological convictions.