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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 – Larry H. Griswold

Larry H. GriswoldLarry H. Griswold has served as the Great Lakes area executive presbyter since 2008. He has provided pastoral leadership for 27 years including 10 as district superintendent of the Illinois District, and pastorates in Ottawa, Mascoutah, and Joliet, Illinois. Griswold currently serves as a part-time staff member at Calvary Church, Naperville, Illinois, as a ministry consult to Church Extension Plan in Salem, Oregon, and as a church transition consult for various AG Districts. He is a member of the President’s Council at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota.

Griswold is a graduate of North Central Bible College (now North Central University) in Minneapolis,  with a degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministries. He also attended Northwestern University and Wheaton Graduate School.

Gulf Area – Rod Loy

Rod LoyRod Loy has served as the Gulf area executive presbyter since 2011. He is the senior pastor of First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Under Loy’s leadership, the church has grown to over 6,000 in average weekly attendance on eight campuses, and has helped plant more than 1,350 churches in 63 nations.

Loy’s unique approach to leadership has led him to adventures in the “real world,” including working as a volunteer lifeguard and a teacher’s assistant in a low-income, academically challenged public school. A former children's pastor, Loy has helped develop the Faith Case curriculum for children and still is actively involved with kids.

Loy is author of Immediate Obedience, After the Honeymoon, and 3 Questions.

Language Area — East Spanish — Wilfredo De Jesús

Wilfredo De JesúsWilfredo De Jesús has served as the East Spanish language area executive presbyter since 2015. Born and raised in Chicago's Humboldt Park community, he received Christ at the age of 14 in a local Assemblies of God church. Twenty years later, in 2000, De Jesús was appointed pastor of the church, now known as New Life Covenant Church. During this time, the church has grown to a weekly attendance of 17,000 across multiple sites through church plants and more than 130 ministries. In 1998, the church started New Life Covenant Services (NLCS) to accomplish its vision of reaching the most disenfranchised — the brokenhearted, poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, and gang members. NLCS operates River of Life, a homeless shelter for men, and the Chicago Dream Center, providing homeless women with food, shelter, and spiritual guidance. In 2005, the church inaugurated HopeFest, which has grown to become one of the largest annual back-to-school events in Chicago.

A graduate of Trinity University and North Park Theological Seminary, De Jesús is sought after as a motivational speaker at various church events and leadership conferences. He is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership from Southeastern University.

In 2013, De Jesús was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership and influence with evangelical and Latino audiences. De Jesús is the author of Amazing Faith and In the Gap.

Language Area — Other — Nam Soo Kim

Nam Soo KimNam Soo Kim has served as the other language area executive presbyter since 1999. As senior pastor of Full Gospel New York Church in Flushing, New York, since 1977, he leads a growing congregation of 4,000 members. Kim has helped to establish more than 10 schools around the world that are training over 10,000 students to become Christian leaders.

Previously, Kim served at Choong Buk Full Gospel Church in South Korea, at an Assemblies of God church in Berlin, and as a missionary to Vietnam.

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 founder and lead pastor of River Valley Church, a multisite church that launched in Minnesota in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church with over 8,500 in attendance across eight campuses with plans for further expansion.

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 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).

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 — Dan Betzer

Dan BetzerDan Betzer has served as the Southeast area executive presbyter since 1995. He is a former assistant district superintendent of the Peninsular Florida District, and since 1987 he has served as senior pastor at First Assembly of God, a church of 6,000 with multiple campuses in Fort Myers, Florida.

Betzer has an extensive background in broadcasting. For 17 years, he was the speaker on the weekly Assemblies of God syndicated broadcast Revivaltime. Betzer has produced over 50 audio and video albums for children. He was also the writer and host of Byline weekday radio and television commentaries. He currently hosts nine television programs and one radio program each week in southwest Florida.

As a soloist, Betzer has produced 17 albums and has sung with artists such as Ralph Carmichael and his orchestra, Dino, the Blackwood Brothers, and the Couriers. He is the author of 23 books, including, Why Some Churches Are Blessed.

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.