Executive Presbytery

Our Non-resident Executive Presbytery

Ethnic Fellowship — John E. Maracle

John E. MaracleJohn E. Maracle has served as the Ethnic Fellowship executive presbyter since 2007, representing 21 ethnic fellowships within the Assemblies of God. He currently serves as the chief/president of the Native American Fellowship of the Assemblies of God, representing the constituency of 190 American Indian and Alaska Native churches, and three Bible colleges that serve Native people across the United States.

As a member of the Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan, of the Iroquois Confederacy, Maracle served on the Mohawk Council at Tyendinaga, Mohawk Nation Territory. He is the grandson of one of the first Pentecostal believers from his reservation.

Maracle was ordained and appointed as an AG U.S. missionary in 1975. He has served as pastor of congregations on the Menomonee Nation Reservation in Wisconsin; the Seneca Nation Reservation in New York; the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation Reservation, which is located at the juncture of New York, Ontario, and Quebec; and in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Central Bible College and a Master of Arts from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University.

Great Lakes Area – Bradley T. Trask

Bradley T. TraskBradley T. Trask was elected as the Great Lakes area executive presbyter in August 2019. Since 1992, he has been the lead pastor of Brighton Assembly of God in Michigan, which he led in revitalization.

Trask received an undergraduate degree from North Central University, where he is currently serving on the Board of Regents. Additionally, he holds a master of divinity and doctorate in ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Over the years, Trask has served on several district and national committees for the Assemblies of God. He held the positions of sectional presbyter and executive presbyter for the Michigan District and currently serves as the district assistant superintendent. Trask serves on the AGTrust Board of Advisers, the Assemblies of God Commission on Doctrines and Practices, and as secretary on Convoy of Hope Executive Board.

Gulf Area – Don E. Miller

Don E. MillerDon E. Miller was elected as the Gulf area executive presbyter in August 2019. He has served as the Southern Missouri district superintendent since 2011.

Miller began ministry in the Southern Missouri District at the age of 16. He served as a youth minister in Ozark and then youth and children’s pastor in Bolivar. Miller, and his wife, Vicki, then assumed the lead pastor role at Ash Grove Assembly of God, where they pastored for 25 years until his election to district superintendent. He has served in various sectional and district leadership roles throughout his ministry, including district youth secretary, assistant district Christian education director, presbyter, and executive presbyter.

Miller is a graduate of Central Bible College and holds a Master of Organizational Leadership from Evangel University. 

Language Area — Other — Darnell Williams Sr.

Darnell Williams Sr.Darnell Williams Sr. was elected as the Other Language Area executive presbyter in 2019. Currently, he serves as senior pastor of New Life Church International, a multiethnic ministry in Lima, Ohio. He has worked for some of corporate America’s major financial institutions.

A native of Cleveland, Williams grew up in a single-parent home. He accepted Christ at 16 years old and began ministry at 19.

Williams serves as the secretary-treasurer of the International Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God and as vice president of the AG’s National Black Fellowship.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Holmes College and a master’s degree from Regent University. Williams has studied at Erskine Theological Seminary and Oxford University’s Hertford College. He is a doctoral candidate at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Williams is married to Charlene, and they have one son.

Language Area — West Spanish — Daniel De Leon

Daniel De LeonDaniel De Leon has served as the West Spanish language area executive presbyter since 2017. He has been pastor of Templo Calvario in Santa Ana, California since 1976. Under his leadership, the church has grown to become one of the largest bilingual Hispanic congregations in the U.S. The church has established over 90 satellite congregations in the U.S. and in Latin America.

De Leon has been a frequent guest of the White House and Capitol Hill, to speak on matters regarding the moral climate of the U.S. and other topics that concern the Hispanic community. He is the president and founder of Hispanic Association for Bilingual/Bicultural Ministries (HABBM). De Leon has also hosted The 700 Club in Spanish (Club 700), seen throughout Latin America, Australia, Spain, and the U.S.

De Leon holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University, a Master of Education from Chapman University, and a Master of Divinity from Melodyland School of Theology. He is the author of several books, including, Siete Pecados Capitales de los Padres.

North Central Area — Rob Ketterling

Rob KetterlingRob Ketterling has served as North Central area executive presbyter since 2017. He is the founding and lead pastor of River Valley Church, a vibrant and generous church committed to leveraging the strength of a local church for the sake of global Church empowerment. With 10,000 people attending each weekend at more than 24 worship experiences at 9 campuses across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, River Valley is a local church discovering new avenues to equip and expand the Kingdom of God around the world. Launched in 1995, River Valley Church gives more than $5 million annually to missions. The River Valley Network strengthens 475 churches with leadership and worship resources, children’s and youth curriculum, and an annual conference.

Ketterling has a “connect-the-dots” teaching style, allowing his audience to take practical steps in their journey no matter where they are. He is a compelling visionary, inspiring people to live an authentic, life changing relationship with Jesus. His ministry journey over the last 30 years has equipped him to challenge and encourage leaders to take their influence to the next level.

Through his unique and practical preaching style, vision casting, and gifts of leadership, Ketterling encourages people to live out River Valley’s mission of cultivating an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

He is the author of several books including Change Before You Have To, Fix it!, and Front-Row Leadership. Ketterling currently serves on several organizational boards including the Lead Team of the Church Multiplication Network (CMN) and Association of Related Churches (ARC) as well as the board of Regents for North Central University and as the Chair of the Global University India College of Ministry Founders Board and on the Board of Catalyst.

Northeast Area – Duane Durst

Duane P. DurstDuane P. Durst has served as the Northeast area executive presbyter since 2015. He is currently the district superintendent of the New York District. Prior to this, he served as the assistant superintendent for the district and has pastored churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York state.

Durst is a graduate of Central Bible College and holds a Master of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry in Administration from Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) in Ohio. He is an adjunct professor at ATS and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University. Durst has served as a church consultant in the area of administration, planning and leadership development, and conflict resolution.

Northwest Area — Bill Wilson

Bill WilsonBill Wilson has served as the Northwest area executive presbyter since 2017. He is currently the superintendent of the Oregon Ministry Network of Assemblies of God, where he oversees nearly 200 churches and ministries with more than 40,000 adherents, and he is the pastor to over 600 credentialed ministers throughout the state.

Prior to his current role, Wilson served as lead pastor of Portland Christian Center for 20 years. Under his leadership, the Oregon church grew to a weekly attendance of close to 3,000. During his first 16 years of ministry, Wilson served as a student ministry pastor, worship leader, ministry trainer, and executive associate pastor.  

For over 30 years, Wilson has hosted aFriday morning men’s Bible study, with hundreds of unchurched men being impacted by the study and fellowship. Many of these men have become Christ followers and active in local churches.   

He is a fourth-generation Assemblies of God pastor, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bethany University, and a master’s degree from Northwest University. Wilson is the author of The Last Prophet.

Ordained Female Minister — Beth Grant

Beth GrantBeth Grant has served as an executive presbyter, representing ordained female ministers, since 2009. Grant and her husband, David, serve as Assemblies of God missionaries. While their 40-year career has focused on Southern Asia, their heart for God’s mission has carried them to over 30 nations of the world. Grant serves as co-director of Project Rescue, an AG World Missions ministry in Eurasia to survivors of sex trafficking. She has co-authored Hands that Heal, an international curriculum to help train caregivers of trafficking survivors and is the author of Courageous Compassion: Confronting Social Injustice God's Way.

From 1999-2010, Grant provided leadership for the Assemblies of God National Task Force for Women in Ministry. She continues to be a champion and mentor for women of all generations to obey God’s call and be empowered by His Spirit for service.

Grant serves as faculty and guest lecturer in missions and cross-cultural leadership at Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium, and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from AGTS and a Doctorate in Intercultural Education from Biola University School of Intercultural Studies.

Ordained Minister Under 40 – Melissa J. Alfaro

Melissa J. AlfaroMelissa J. Alfaro has served as an executive presbyter, representing ordained under 40 ministers since 2017. Alfaro, and her husband, Jay Alfaro, serve as the senior pastors of El Tabernaculo in Houston. She also serves as the Girls Ministries director for the Texas Louisiana Hispanic District, and sits on the National Girls Ministries Task Force Team for the Assemblies of God.

Alfaro has spent over 10 years working in education as a teacher, staff development presenter, motivational speaker, and district middle school English as a Second Language coordinator. In collaboration with public school districts, she has initiated mentoring leadership programs for at-risk teens. 

Alfaro holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Texas Woman’s University. A writer and blogger, she is the author of The Day the Princess Cried.

Ordained African-American Minister — Samuel Huddleston

Samuel HuddlestonSamuel Huddleston has served as an executive presbyter representing African-American ministers since 2017. He is the assistant superintendent of the Northern California and Nevada District, where he assists in providing oversight to more than 450 churches. Huddleston also serves as the district men’s director, U.S. Missions director, and chairperson of both the district Teen Challenge and Chi Alpha boards. Prior to his election as the district assistant superintendent, he and his wife, Linda, served as lead pastors for over 11 years, planting a church out of their living room in Benicia, California.

Huddleston is a graduate of Bethany University. He holds a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Regent University. Huddleston is the author of Five Years to Life and Grand Slam. His nonprofit work through Children’s Water Foundation has placed 42 wells in remote villages in Ghana, West Africa.

South Central Area — Terry L. Yancey

Terry L. YanceyTerry L. Yancey has served as the South Central area executive presbyter since 2017. Yancey is the district superintendent for the Assemblies of God Kansas Ministry Network where he oversees more than 140 churches with 17,800 adherents. He is pastor to nearly 500 credentialed ministers throughout the state. As superintendent, he is guided by the missional directive to strengthen and establish effective Pentecostal leaders and churches.

Prior to his current role, Yancey served as the Kansas Network district youth director and Christian education director, as well as various pastoral roles. He holds a master’s degree from Southeastern University and a Doctor of Ministry from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University.

Southeast Area — Rick Ross

Rick RossRick Ross was elected as the Southeast Area executive presbyter in August 2019. He is the superintendent of the North Carolina Assemblies of God, overseeing 275 churches and 700 credentialed ministers.

Prior to this, he served as the assistant superintendent for four years while pastoring Concord First Assembly, a thriving church of 4,000 people with eight satellite campuses during a 13-year tenure as lead pastor. Ross also held pastorates in Middletown, Ohio; Richland, Washington; and Renton, Washington.

Ross has been involved in the ministry of Convoy of Hope for 20 years and has served as the chairman of the National Pastors Commission, most recently as church relations architect. Additionally, he serves as treasurer of the Priority One missions board.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Bible College, a master’s degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Bakke University.

Southwest Area – T. Ray Rachels

T. Ray RachelsT. Ray Rachels has served as the Southwest area executive presbyter since 2011. He served for 22 years as superintendent and three years as assistant superintendent for the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God.

Prior to that he served as district youth director for both the Ohio and Northern California/Nevada districts, and pastored churches in Santa Clara and Long Beach, California.

Rachels holds bachelor’s degrees from Southeastern University and Troy State University. He has done additional studies at Union Theological Seminary, and holds a master’s degree from Vanguard University.

Rachels is the author of Relationships and Ethics in Ministry.